A little late in posting, sorry about that folks, but I was so taken aback by the actual appearance of talent in the most recent foray into Texas tunes that I had to sit in astonishment most of today!
Where Aspen was the city that taste and talent forgot, it was proven last night that definitely everything IS bigger (and better!) in Texas! Even the judges themselves seemed to be more/actually aware of the true singers they had in front of them this time around and weren’t just passing out golden tickets like so many 5cent candies.
What I take from this experience is (sorry Nowheresville) that Idol REALLY needs to hit the big cities more often. While I love San D and the hills of Colorado, those aren’t place you go to for talent: those are places you go to drink ;)
Another day, another desperate load of kids hoping to make it big. Maybe Colorado will actually offer us some real contenders this time around for the winners circle! Thus far, as you can read from my reviews, I’ve been pretty unimpressed with the “best singers” as chosen by the judges: good looking, sappy stories and begging seems to be the key to making through to the second round. I need me some ORIGINAL sounds and unique personalities and so far, short of one or two girls I’ve mentioned in past articles, I haven’t seen that star yet.
So, it’s time to try out Aspen. Also, really? Aspen? I’m sure it’s not, but I have this image of a tucked away snowy town that’s only accessible by one, rocky road… I know that makes no sense, but how did the infamous ski slopes of Asp get chosen? I’m honestly starting to question that there isn’t some weird marketing or cross-promotion thing going on behind the scenes but who really cares. Let’s get to what you’re here for: me complaining about the awful auditions.
Well, Idol survived my first review of the premiere attempt to scour for talent in the Southern heat of Savannah, Georgia, but will the City of Champions (in their first ever AI audition) match up in talent and entertainment? I’m hoping for at least one screaming queen (you know I hate how they represent our people but it’s still hilarious to see them bust down time after time and call momma to tell her she can’t quit the factory quite yet), one proposal from a bumpkin’ to Lopez and a few rants to the camera afterwards- oh, and a “true talent to take it all” blah blah blah. Honestly, it’s the bipolar ones that you need to look out for on this set!
Last night I decided to take off the kid’s gloves since I realized my original article was way too forgiving of over-produced Idol moments, stretched out dramas and barely-there voices that have no real chance to make it but that the “Golden Ticket Moment” is too much of a seller that they couldn’t resist passing them out like so many flavored tic tacs. So, buckle in, cause mean Adam is back and I’m taking no prisoners today!
Well, despite a god awful teaser of Lopez… well, walking… Season 11 of “American Idol” didn’t fail to have some classic AI, entertaining moments as we kick off the season in (do they always start here??) Savannah, Georgia. Home of the extremely young and talented, the gayest of the gays and way too many Steven Tyler fans, though that’s probably just because Georgia- like Australia and India- is about 20 years behind and is only just now hearing about this crazy new rock band called Aerosmith. All together though, they make for a pretty interesting opening show.
While many choose to skip over the auditions and hold out for Vegas week or even “Top 20s” (or whatever random number they go with this year), I’m a beginning to end kind of guy as I love to pick my faves early in the competition though typically the true stars don’t shine till they hit Sin City. You might notice that Donovan is no longer the welcoming face at the top of this article, well, we unanimously came to the decision that since the show is taking on a “kinder image” with Lopez and Tyler falling in love with every fresh face that hits the stage, we’d hit back by having our bitchiest writer- me- take the reins on the reviews. And speaking of…
“X Factor” sorta underwhelmed. “American Idol” doesn’t seem to be generating nearly as much buzz this year as compared to previous seasons. It would seem the timing is right for NBC’s singing competition to take over as the number one show in the reality television genre. The inaugural season not only impressed critics but viewers as well. The show posted some pretty impressive numbers even while Idol was airing. And with “The Voice’s” second season premiering after the Super Bowl, it’ll receive a very healthy sampling.
The show is definitely heading into its sophomore season with some serious momentum. That said, the show really needs to discover a musical talent that can sell records and produce Billboard hits. No offense Season 1 winner Javier Colon. It’s kinda silly that Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera were the ones who scored a radio hit, “Moves Like Jagger“, from their exposure on the show and not any of the contestants. Maybe that’s the reason why an American Idol winner is jumping ship and joining “The Voice” for the second season. Find out who below.
This morning the Wall Street Journal printed some very interesting news about the possible future of The Today Show. We’ve known for a while that it was a possibility that Matt Lauer would be leaving his spot on the couch next year. With that comes the wonder of who will be taking his place. According to the WSJ, one of the contenders could be Ryan Seacrest. In the words of Patrick when I told him this, “no more jobs Ryan Seacrest.”
Currently, Ryan keeps himself busy hosting On Air… in the morning, then jetting over to the E! Studios to film E! News and when it’s full swing, Ryan is also the host of the FOX’s American Idol. Literally, the resume doesn’t end for this guy. So, will he be adding The Today Show to his list?
The Journal states that several NBC executives met with Seacrest Tuesday night (Dec. 6) to discuss him joining the morning program. At this point, we’re pretty sure the talks are preliminary and could result in nothing at all. However, I’m sure NBC wants to secure a strong successor when Lauer leaves the show and apparently, Ryan Seacrest is one of the top choices.
Reunited and it feels so good. The following stories have very little in common besides the fact they involve a reunion of fan favorites from each of the aforementioned shows. Who doesn’t love a good reunification, right? Without beating around the bush, let’s get to the task at hand.
Jillian Michaels left “The Biggest Loser” last season and it hasn’t been the same since. I’m not the only one who thinks so. The ratings have plummeted for the reality competition for Season 12. Apparently, a beautiful blond tennis vixen didn’t fill the void left by Jillian. Poor Anna Kournikova. She and her tough-love approach won’t be back for next season. Now, she’ll have more time to reminisce about all her Grand Slam singles title wins. Ooops, I forgot she never won one. My bad.
For those longing for the days of Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, you can get your fill this Thursday. The two will reunite for the first time since “The Biggest Loser” on Jillian’s new gig on “The Doctors“. The two personal trainers will show viewers how to use CrossFit to get your body back in shape. Harper will pit Jillian against Dr. Travis Stork for the ultimate in-studio strength and endurance fitness challenge. Be sure to catch all the action on Thursday, November 17 (check your local listings).
As if I wasn’t already excited to see Kelly Clarkson’s “VH1 Unplugged” special, but this newly-released trailer brings my anticipation to a boiling point. Can we please just fast forward to November 17th so I can watch Kelly kill it on stage. I’ve always been a fan of the Unplugged specials and have no doubt Kelly’s set will rank as one of my all-time favorites. The original “American Idol” will perform songs from her forthcoming album “Stronger” as well as other past favorites. To my surprise, one of the songs she’ll be singing is a cover of another “American Idol” winner’s track.
Clarkson takes on Carrie Underwood’s “I Know You Won’t“- a track from her 2007 album “Carnival Ride“. Kelly gives the country ballad a stripped down acoustic treatment and it pays dividends. I like it much better than the arrangement on Underwood’s album. She seriously slays it. That being said, I’m sure Carrie, my other favorite Idol, would kill it too with the same arrangement. Who else thinks that Kelly and Carrie should perform a duet? Something in the vein of Brandy & Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine“. How awesome would that be? While we wait for that unlikely collaboration, check out Kelly’s cover of Carrie’s track and cast your vote on which you prefer.