*****SPOILER ALERT**** If you live on the West Coast, don’t read this. For those of you on the East Coast, YES! YES! YES! These are the Idol episodes we have been waiting for. It’s Hollywood Week where we separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls and the queens from the, well, queens. It’s also the debut of new Idol judge ELLEN DEGENERES. Yay, Ellen!
Enough chit chat. Let’s get down to business.
100,000 people auditioned. 181 got that elusive Golden Ticket to Hollywood. In one week, that number will drop to 12 guys and 12 girls, so one heck of a cut is coming and that means a whole lot of drama in between. I’m literally salivating as I type this. I’m so excited.
Actor Michael Shanks is best known for his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson on the hit Syfy Channel series Stargate SG1, which ended it’s successful ten year run back in 2006. Shanks also reprised this role in two made for DVD Stargate SG1 movies and in guest-starring appearances in the two spin off series, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: Universe. Of course this talented and versatile actor has spent time in other roles as well since becoming a fan favorite on Stargate SG1 (so popular in fact that many loyal fans participated in a campaign to bring him back to SG1 after the actor departed the series at the end of season five). Shanks has appeared in guest starring roles on several top rated television series such as 24, CSI: Miami and a very popular recurring guest appearance on Burn Notice as the rogue agent, Victor.
Now Michael Shanks steps into the realm of the superhero as he dons winged armor to become The Hawkman in the upcoming Smallville telemovie, Absolute Justice.
This is a new show but it spans all of the audition cities featuring great talent. In the past, IDOL has been criticized for not doing enough to promote some of the folks who make it to Hollywood. Therefore, this show is aptly titled “The Best For Last.” Here’s hoping.
*Name to Remember: DIDI BENAMI, inspired by her friend who died 4 years ago, she proves she has the chops.
*The One You Hope To Forget: SHADDAII HARIS, gives new meaning to the term “tone deaf.”
*Most Heart Warming Story: HOPE JOHNSON, the poor girl with a heart of gold and a miracle voice.
*Quote of the Night: Kara to 6’8” ADRIAN CHANDTCHI: “Adrian it’s like there is a small school boy trapped in you.” Simon: “Either that or you’ve eaten one.”
The show starts off tonight with a tribute to “Pants on the Ground.” I readily admit that I dropped the ball on this one. I just don’t get the phenomenon it caused, but clearly I was in the wrong b/c everyone has been talking about “Pants…” My apologies to all you “Pants” lovers. Although it makes a nice segue b/c song choice is important and singing a song that is memorable, like “Pants on the Ground,” is just as important.
JESSICA FURNEY, 20, Wamego, KS – Jessica knows the importance of song choice. In Season 8, she sang a Janice Joplin tune that really didn’t work. So this year she auditions with a song co-written by Simon Cowell called “Footprints in The Sand.” Simon says “It’s a beautiful song, so good luck.” He’s waiting for Jessica to bomb. She doesn’t. Her voice is soft and sweet and she knows how to carry a tune. Four YES votes sends her to Hollywood.
Can someone please explain Sarah Silverman’s appeal? She’s never done anything that I found funny, granted I’ve only seen her in 30 second increments. The 3rd Season Premiere of her Comedy Central Show, The Sarah Silverman Program debuts tonight at 10:30 pm (EST).
With Sweeps Weeks going on and every television network looking to gain even more viewing audiences for their shows, The CW Network and Warner Brothers gave select members of the online press a chance to have an advance viewing of this week’s new episode of the hit series, Supernatural to generate some Sweeps Week buzz about it. After taking advantage of that opportunity to see Supernatural S5.13 The Song Remains the Same, all this reviewer can say about it is WOW!!
Ok, there is more to say than just that. Check out this synopsis to see what I mean.
When angel ally Anna (guest star Julie McNiven) escapes her captors in Heaven she contacts Castiel (Misha Collins) in an effort to find Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), but Castiel is suspicious of her motives. He soon learns that the former ally has gone back in time in a “Terminator”-like plan to stop the Apocalypse by killing John (Matt Cohen) & Mary (Amy Gumenick) Winchester before their son’s are ever born, thus ending the possibility of the brothers becoming vessels for Lucifer and Michael. Steve Boyum directed the episode written by Sera Gamble and Nancy Weiner.
Now read my review of Supernatural S5.13 The Song Remains the Same.
It’s the Mile High City – Denver, CO. It’s where Chris Daughtry got his start in 2005 and he didn’t do too bad. Can someone from the Denver auditions follow in his footsteps?
*City: Denver, CO
*Celebrity Judges: Victoria Beckham (Skeletor is back)
*Number of Contestants: Unknown (they didn’t say)
*Name to Remember: DANELLE HAYES — She will be Top 20 and will be HUGE!
*The One You Hope To Forget: KENNY EVERETT — He thinks he should be Top 20 (he also thinks he’s the male Mary J. Blige).
*Most Heart Warming Story: HAELEY VAUGHN — “The Miracle Child” who wants to be the first African-American pop country singer.
*Quote of the Night: Simon: “Victoria wants to know if you have eaten any helium today?” before NICCI NIX’s very powerful audition.
MARK LABRIOLA, 28, Aurora, CO — A Jack Black look alike and he kinda sounds like him, but I think Jack Black can carry a tune pretty well. Can Mark? Well, if past auditions tell us anything, numero uno is usually el stinko. Hmmm? He does have an interesting story though. His mother kidnapped him from his father when he was 4. You don’t say! Anyway, on to the audition.
It’s time for the annual right of passage called Michelle is getting old and turning into her mother, AKA Grammy Awards night. Generally speaking I hate all award shows, but my Tivo makes them bearable. Let’s start with my old fogginess; I have no idea who half the people nominated and performing tonight are – so I will get the names of these songs wrong. Let me say I don’t like Taylor Swift – well don’t like is a strong word, I think she’s incredibly over exposed and I find her music to be bland and boring. Which probably explains why Sony thought it’d be a good idea to have her perform at their CES Press Conference.
The show opens with a performance by Lady GaGa, she puts on a spectacle but has absolutely no stage presence. Her performance is saved by an appearance by the Great One, Sir Elton John. Even after all of these years, he’s still cool. I don’t know what the name of this song is because I don’t like Lady GaGa – they did work in a nifty rift/mashup of Elton’s “Your Song,” and a Lady GaGa tune. Grade – Lady GaGa gets a F, but Elton and Lady GaGa Gets a Solid A
*Name to Remember: ERICA RHOADES, the former “Barney” actress who shed’s her little girl image with a whip and big voice.
*The One You Hope To Forget: VANNESSA JOHNSTON whom Simon calls the sights and sounds of his nightmares.
*Most Heart Warming Story: DAVE PITTMAN, the man who stutters and ticks with Tourette’s, but sings flawlessly
*Quote of the Night: Former Barney Actress ERICA RHODES: “I want people to know that Barney kids grow up…” Neil Patrick Harris: “To be dirty little girls.”
This is IDOL’s 3rd visit to Dallas and it’s where the very first Idol was discovered, one Kelly Clarkson.
In that same season, JULIE KEVELIGHAN, 28, Fort Worth, TX, also auditioned with a horrendous version of “Lady Marmalade.” Simon suggested she sue her voice coach. Seven years later, she’s back. So what will Julie do?
Ok, I’ve been trying to post this for the last few weeks but kept getting distracted. As many of you know EclipseMagazine is part of NBC’s pretty cool Digital Network. It’s an exclusive club for all the cool kids on the web where we get special access to NBC programming, news, stars, etc. I’m still waiting for that Heroes and Chuck Set Visit, alas, our latest invite was to go spend a few hours with the cast of their new Medical drama, Mercy. I’ll say now that not much happened during this visit, nor during the 45 minute Q and A. James Tupper gave us a personal tour of the set and we got to watch a few minutes of filming – which is always cool. Due to Union rules we weren’t able to take photos of the cast on the set, but NBC did Videotape everything so those clips should have appeared on the web by now or will be in the next few days. The minute the Q and A was over they all ran out of there like there was a fire – apparently they were late for a call time. It was pretty irritating that we didn’t even get a chance to do a group cast shot. The amazingly hot James Van Der Beek held court for us and Taylor Schilling stuck around for a bit. Everyone thought I was crazy to drive up to NJ from DC, but I had nothing else better to do and I always like hanging out with my fellow bloggers. Oddly enough we don’t feel like we’re in competition with each other so it’s always a pretty good time. Mercy airs on NBC, Wednesday nights.