Welcome to Hollywood! I bet that won't mean as much to someone who lives on Sunset Blvd. and realizes that going to the next round means humping it over to Pasadena for a week. (Yeah, the "going to Hollywood" round is more like the inland empire round -- that's TV baby!) Still, a golden ticket is a golden ticket. And there were 40 for Idol hopefuls in Los Angeles. Wow.
For the most part, it was a pretty dull episode. Same old stuff, you know? I had to pop in my copy of The Last Waltz to decompress before I got to putting my thoughts down. I think, though, if you look past the normal audition format of thousands turning up to audition -- the token weirdos, a few costumed candidates, pretty girls who can kind of sing, average people who can really sing, some who think singing one more song will convince the judges to change their minds, some who think lots of tears will change our minds, and the judges being exhausted at the end of the day -- there were some really unexpected moments.
If you don't want to find out who the public voted as the winner of 2007's quite remarkable and totally sensational series of this bizarre program, then don't click the link to find out after the jump.
Warning: spoilers ahead.
Minutes before the clock strikes eight and I'm stuck in Seattle for a couple of hours, listening to obnoxiously terrible voices and belligerent rebuttals. I start to wish that Idol would shorten their time slot to 90 minutes. That would never happen, though. Not with 57 million viewers the night before! Crazy. And, after the first few moments I was pretty glued to the TV screen anyway and was reminded why it's the best reality show on television.
It's real. No one could ever script something like it. No one would believe it. We all know to expect really terrible singers and off-the-wall characters in the audition episodes. But, I'm constantly blown away by the people who show up for the audition. Sometimes I feel like I need to tell my friends in foreign places that those people occupy less than one percent of America's population ... I hope ...
What's up guys?! It's Mikalah Gordon here from season four of American Idol. I have been given the opportunity, thanks to AOL, to give you a weekly blog of my thoughts and opinions of this years A.I.
Now, enough chit chat, lets get on with the gossip.
As I sat in front of the TV eating the best enchilada in the world, I heard a familiar song that took me right back to my audition two years ago. My heart started beating and my palms got sweaty. It was the A.I. theme song. I must admit I was kind of nervous. I never realized how dramatic that intro song could be!
Minneapolis was the first stop. Ten thousand people lined up, but in the end, only 17 people were lucky enough to make it through to Hollywood. Now, question: How do you choose 17 people out of 10,000? Well, watching some of the auditions, it wasn't too hard to make the decision.
Let me preface this entry by stating clearly that I am a fan of American Idol -- it makes for great water cooler conversation. But, I have to say, after two hours of sob stories and that "duh da, duh da, duh da" theme song, I'm slumped over in my chair wondering what the barrel of a gun would feel like in the back of my throat. It was a really long night for me.
I was pretty stoked to hear "Baba O'Riley" in the opener of the show ... classic song ... I've always thought the editors of AI had good taste. It seemed almost poetic for them to stick a tone-deaf cowgirl waving her hand around like Christina Aguilera at the top of the Minneapolis, Minn. episode. Like they have something to say about the Midwest... I don't know, I like the Midwest, but that is a lot of stereotypes encapsulated in one shot.
While I don't know anything about the gossip biz (although I consume more than the healthy amount), I agree that it was super dark. The editor and reporters at Dirt magazine seem vindictive about the rich and famous... so vindictive that they'll set people up with hookers just to destroy their public persona.
Among the 11 guests to enter the house were Danielle Lloyd, an English model and former Miss Great Britain; 79-year-old film director Ken Russell (The Devils and Tommy); Jo O'Meara, former member of the pop group S Club 7; Leo Sayer, a pop star mostly famous in the UK with 1970s hits; Shilpa Shetty, a truly gorgeous Bollywood actress; Carole Malone, a columnist for the Sunday Mirror newspaper in the UK; Donny Tourette, lead singer of Towers of London; Ian 'H' Watkins, former member of the pop group Steps and Cleo Rocos a comedy actress who made her fame on The Kenny Everett Television Show in the 1980s.
"Whoa, but I thought they've already been living together..." seems to be the wide-spread public reaction to the news. Yes, one would think that, after dating for twenty years, Oprah would have let Stedman start sleeping over ages ago. However, one must not forget that this is Oprah. Our relationship logic does not need to apply to the mighty Oprah. Hail Oprah.
Producers are keeping tight-lipped about the celebrities lined up for the next Big Brother, but tabloids are reporting that David Hasselhoff, Adam Ant, and Jeffrey Archer have signed on.
Tori Spelling isn't ready to quit the reality TV gig just yet. Now that So NoTORIous has been canceled, she and her husband Dean McDermott are shopping around a new series in which they'll live in a bed-and-breakfast and rent rooms to tourists. Spelling wants to use the $800,000 she inherited from her late father to purchase the bed-and-breakfast. The show is being shopped around to different networks, but not much else is known about it at this time. I don't know about the rest of you, but I think Spelling may have finally found the perfect show. When I was younger and watching Beverly Hills: 90210 with my friends while we ironed our khakis and sculpted our hair with Vidal Sassoon hair product, I never understood why Tori's character didn't spend more time making eggs and waffles for total strangers. I always felt this was the reason the show eventually ended. Now, after all these years my dream is finally coming true. I don't think I could be any more thrilled if you hooked me to an electronic thrill machine.
The Biggest Loser - 9/20, 8/7c (two hour season premiere!)
DISCOVERY HEALTH CHANNEL
I Lost It! (Episode: Carla & Shawn) - 9/19; 6:30am, 11am ET
I Lost It! (Episode: Allison & Robin) - 9/20; 6:30am, 11am ET
I Lost It! (Episode: Debi & Bob) - 9/21; 6:30am, 11am ET
I Lost It! (Episode: Dana & Caitlin) - 9/22; 6:30am, 11am ET
Relay For Life: Giant Steps - 9/23; 10am ET
Celebrity Fit Club (Episode: Put Up or Shut Up) - 9/18; 11PM ET
For the full list, check out FitTV: September 18 - September 24.
(S01E08) In this episode the KHBX news team finds out they might all be fired due to budget cuts. As Tillie tells her co-workers in the opening scene, it's either going to be them or the Doppler radar, and the Doppler is pretty popular.
Since everyone is convinced their days are numbered, they each being to look into different jobs. Alan the director decides to get into the business of directing Korean karaoke videos, which seems like a natural career move since his mother was bisexual. When Tillie corrects him and says he actually meant "bilingual" he explains that his mother's lover was actually Korean.
Marty, on the other hand, decides to try stand-up comedy, and in what manages to be both the funniest and least funniest scene he tries his act out at a comedy club where an agent is in attendance, and bombs horribly. Of course, A.D Miles, who plays Marty, is bombing on purpose, and it's funny to watch the agent try to explain to him why she won't take him on as a client.
U.S. readers will be familiar with basketball star Dennis Rodman and former Baywatch babe Traci Bingham, and possibly the Member of Parliament George Galloway, who took on the U.S. Senate over allegations he accepted payments from Saddam Hussein.
Also included are glamour model Jodie Marsh, Maggot from rap send-up group Goldie Lookin' Chain, lead singer Samuel Preston from The Ordinary Boys, actress Rula Lenska, disgraced television personality Michael Barrymore, Faria Alam (who had an affair with England soccer coach Sven-Goran Eriksson) and the rather bizarre-looking Pete Burns, formerly of the pop act Dead or Alive.
The major twist this year is with the 11th housemate, called Chantelle, who must convince the others she is in a band called Kandyfloss, with a recent hit entitled 'I Want It Right Now'.
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