So who's right? I assume Sting's comments would apply to American Idol too.
|Yes! It's about time a major musician said something.||334 (67.6%)|
|No. These people are talented.||61 (12.3%)|
|He has a point, but he went too far.||99 (20.0%)|
Of course, one "Great American Singing Bee" was already on NBC many, many years ago, but this is different.
The Great American Singing Bee is a new game show from producers Phil Gurin and Bob Horowitz, who will each produce different versions for American and UK television audiences. Contestants will be given lyrics to songs and asked to sing the missing words. This is very similar to an old family game called SongBurst, which was based on pretty much the exact same idea.
The people behind the FOX megahit say that a bombshell is coming to the show in midseason. To quote producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz, it's "something that will blow America away."
Hmmm ... what could this possibly be? A viewer at home has a chance to win a million dollars? All of the contestants are robots? Ryan Seacrest is going to reveal that he's ... Catholic (hey, where did you think I was going with that?).
Maybe they're going to do a crossover with another FOX show. Maybe bad guys will take over the studio and hold everyone hostage, and then it's up to Jack Bauer to rescue everyone and clear the phone lines so America can get through and vote for their favorite singer.
The new season starts on January 16.
[via TV Tattle]
Now... who would make an interesting pair? I wouldn't be surprised to see Nicollette Sheridan coupled with her fiance, Michael Bolton. How about Punky Brewster with Cyndi Lauper? And Johnny Fairplay with Macy Gray?
The series debuts August 29th. The celebrity pairs will be eliminated each week by judges and viewer votes.
So it looks like NBC has a hit on its hands. So that means many, many more weeks of Hasselhoff-mania. I wonder if I could go on the show. Maybe sit in a chair on stage and blog on my laptop, see if I get gonged. Or whatever it is they do to performers they don't like.
America's Got Talent won't be just singers though. There will also be dancers and jugglers and standup comics and everything in between. The first prize will be $1 million. The show starts on June 21 with a two hour special, then settles into its regular Wednesday time slot.
Wow, you know how the auditions for AI can be hideous. Can you imagine how awful some of the standup comics are going to be?
[via TV Tattle]
I have five examples of American Idol contestants who wouldn't go away:
5. Constantine Maroulis. Yeah, I said it. Constantine thought he was sexy and talented. Not an attractive characteristic on a man who only has mediocre looks and talent. Constantine regularly sang out of tune and falsely advertised himself as a rocker. He was in Rent, for crying out loud! A musical! The dude was a poser and I wanted to slap that pout right off his face. I think we all know who the true rocker was last season. (P.S. More proof he's a poser: his new album is Adult Contemporary. Watch out, Clay!)
Last night they passed Ashley Jackson on to Hollywood. You may recall that Ashley was the "fit model". She sang Something to Talk About and it really wasn't enjoyable at all. When Paula asked Ashley to sing with her mouth closed (it was a skill she listed on her bio), she told the girl, "things aren't going your way right now." After she sang the Star Spangled Banner, with full enunciation even though her mouth was closed, all three judges passed her to Hollywood. Now, we know that a lot is edited out of the auditions, but I want to know what happened between that first, awful song and her rendition of the national anthem to make the judges pass her to the next round.
I've noticed they've passed other bad singers along in previous episodes this season. I'm wondering if American Idol producers think that we like the bad singers so much that they want to have some around in Hollywood to humiliate? 'Cuz I'm, like, tired of the bad auditions.
Such a waste of a good talent. Both of these guys sounded spectacular in their auditions on Tuesday night. And, what I really liked about them was that they "got it". That is, they auditioned together, as twins, but they also belted out separate songs to show off their individuality. The Brittenum boys understood that the twin gimmick wouldn't get them very far in the auditions process. They even told Seacrest that they didn't want to perform together, but against each other. I was really looking forward to a twin face-off.
With another season of American Idol set to start tomorrow night, I am on the fence about whether I will watch this season. Here are the reasons why I shouldn't watch:
Expect to see Duets this summer on FOX. When nothing else is on.
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