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Posts from — January 2008

American Idol – Miami auditions

I found it surprising that after two days of auditions in Miami, Florida they only gave out 17 golden tickets. They gave out 19 in Omaha where the pickings were pretty slim.

Maybe the judges just felt more benevolent in the fresh country air.

At least in Miami Paula Abdul showed up on time, and appeared relatively sane. However was Simon Cowell going to be a liability today as at least he admitted he had a hangover.

The first person to audition for the day was Shannon McGough an 18 year old pretty girl who worked at her parents meat shop. Apart of singing her other claim to fame is belching loudly, which she proudly showed us.

When she entered Simon could not refrain from the obvious “handling meat” jokes. Shannon looked shocked after mangling a Janis Joplin number she was not going to be given a golden ticket to Hollywood.

“I have never had anyone tell me I was a bad singer” she simpered.

“That is why you have to come and see people like us” Simon responded.

Maybe it is time now for her to consider going to college if she wants to get out of the meat business.

Next was Robbie Carrico a 25 year old former boy bad member who was now a rocker(if having long hair and a beard classifies you as a rocker these days).

After singing more a boy band number then rock song he was given a golden ticket. He had a huge entourage who when he walked out of the room popped fire crackers, and sprayed fake snow on him.

However his biggest claim to fame was that he dated Brittany Spears when he was a band boy member Boyz-N-Girls united. Something he may want to keep hidden due to her current meltdown issues. If he makes it top 12 you could just imagine Brit turning up to a show with Starbucks frappuccino in hand.

Next up was Ghaleb Emacech a 27 year old immigrant. Was he presenting fake papers to the Idol producers as he looked a lot older then 27 or maybe he has just had a hard life.

I got excited for moment as I thought he was going to be the first person who would play his guitar at the auditions. But no it was left outside. He sang a Marc Antony song in a very heavy accent. Simon said he would like him if he was drunk clearly remembering the bad lounge music he had gotten pissed to the night before in the hotel bar.

However Randy and Paul gave him the nod and told him to work on his accent.

The highlight of the show was Corlesse and Brittany both 20 and best friends. They were big, black, buxom women, and really great fun. They win the award for “Idol contestants I would want to go out on the town with ” After shoving their ginormous jugs in everyones face and Corlesse bemoaning her single status it was time for them to audition.

After declaring love for Randy, as Ryan Seacrest is too skinny, they sang surprisingly well, Corlesse a jazz number and Brittany a ’60’s doo wop song “My Guy”. They both will be able to groove together in LA.

Susan Tune 21 was the heartstring story of the Miami auditions, a single mum at 18, partner did not stick around for long and she had not sung for three years. The surprise here was she could actually sing and looked great. All three judges looked very keen and interested. She is a definate one to watch.

Then a pint sized Ramiele 19 auditioned. She was a tiny Phillipine girl with a big voice. Not that Simon was impressed, but Randy was because she was so small. This of course meant there was a does size matter discussion which did not degenerate into smuttiness, and she was given a golden ticket.

Day 2 started off well.

Syesha Mercardo a gorgeous girl with a sad story of her dad struggling with drugs and alcohol, he has just graduated from rehab. I was amazed at her empathy for him considering he probably has not been the most supportive father. However now it has been revealed she is a reality tv professional been on The One a cross between BB and Idol, she may be using her dad to garner sympathy from the audience.

However she had a big voice which she showed singing the classic Aretha number “Think Freedom” but there was a fair bit of caterwauling. However they liked her enough for her to go through to the next round.

The difference between Australian and American Idol auditions, is that in America the girls come in and think you really have to belt it out, and sometimes it sounds horrendous.

The highlight of the day 2 was an obnoxious Julie Dubela, a 16 year old Jamie Lee Spears look like without the pregnant stomach. She was on America Juniors(some sort of Idol for kids contest) when she was 12 and made the top 20.

She was not the brightest spark in the tool shed when:
a) She had to ask what precocious meant; and
b) Did not realise Simon was being factitious when he said he watched American Juniors all the time.

Needless to say Simon and Randy put her firmly back in her box and did not give her a ticket to Hollywood. The look on her and her family’s face was classic as she bemoaned “but I gave up a singing a Red Sox game for this.”

Last was wacky and untalented Brandon Black wearing a white tuxedo and started off his audition with a lame stand up comedy routine. It got worse with his first song directed at Paula “I’ll make love to you”.

As Simon said just before he and Randy walked out ” it was an audition verging on desperation”

January 31, 2008   2 Comments

Next Top Model Cycle 6 – Thailand

This was the second week models were in Thailand, and what a gig for the judging panel as they would have to just loll around the pool whilst waiting for the judgement days.

Last week Nnenna was booted off the show. I was surprised but not shocked but I am still wondering how Sarah is still surviving so long into this series. She is Miss Bland.

Thank god for Jade for putting in a bit of colour and personality into the series. Or maybe she knows by being controversial or bitchy depending on which way you want to look at it gets you more airtime.

So the episode opens with Jade calling Joanie two faced. “She says one nice thing and then one nasty thing”.

Also Danielle thinks kooky Furonda is choking (not on food obviously at it appears she does not eat) but is being psyched out of the competition.

There first challenge awaits, they are taken to a temple where Patra a thai classical dance teacher will teach them some traditional thai dance moves.

This looked extremely difficult, and through this Danielle was having a migraine and not feeling well. Also Joanie and Jade managed to keep their tiff going.

Jade saying she does not have an ounce of arrogance in her body. Is this what they call healthy self esteem these days?

Joanie accused Jade of always being on the defensive whereas Jade response wa “Joanie is trying to corrupt things for me”. Maybe Jade’s mum needs to come and defluff her again?

At around this point Danielle collapsed and needed to be taken to hospital and a drip stuck in her arm. The diagnosis was exhaustion, dehydration and food poisoning. She later discharged herself to ensure she could stay in the competition but lucky for her she got to miss the individual dance challenge that was going to be judged.

The girls doing their individual thai routines was always going to hilarious, nearly as good as the covergirl commercial!

The two best were Jade and Joanie. Sara was like a praying mantis doing a thai dance, however at least we got to see her. As she is so incredibly dull she gets no airtime. Then Furonda came on and promptly forgot everything she learnt but did this hilarious cross between belly dancing and hip hop. I thought it was great the audience was cracking up. It got the biggest round of applause.

The prize was dinner at a resturant with the editor of the Thai edition of Elle. Joanie won and chose to take Sara as she has never won a challenge. Sara was a bit miffed she was a charity case.

The following day it was the photo shoot. Danielle barely made it out of her bed and her stomach must have flipped when she saw she would have to have her photo taken on an elephant. Considering her illness she did very well.

Jade was stiff, and Furonda was not great either.

Joanie tried to be different and stood on the elephants leg which had Jay Manuel gushing at her originality. Though he did refrain from saying ” this is something Tyra would do”.

Sara who has been told previously that she needs to work on her poses, sees what Joanie has done and copies her badly. Joanie was peeved, and it did not really impress photoshoot director Jay Manuel either.

The next day was judgement day with the usual suspect judges who were looking pretty happy about their sojourn in Thailand.

The judging challenge was to show emotion through your body whilst having a mask on your face. The emotions were sensuality, despair, and compassion.

Time for the jugdement.

Furonda was first her best photo was great but the alot of her photos were bad.

Sara – told she was best at portraying emotions in the challenge, and they liked her photos but was told off for copying Joanie’s moves.

Joanie- great photos and judges loved her, but would like to see her look more like a model when she is in front of them.

Danielle- great photos also they were impressed she modelled through the pain.

Joanie was called first. She is definately coming good at the right end of the competition.

Then Sara which confused me when she she going to be eliminated?

Danielle was very relieved when her name was called, but told she has to work on softening her Arkansas accent.

The last two standing were Jade and Furonda. Furonda was eliminated, and Joanie looked pissed that Jade had survived another week.

January 31, 2008   Comments Off on Next Top Model Cycle 6 – Thailand

Bobby Flynn album to be released on 2 February

Bobby Flynn the popular and enigmatic singer on Australian Idol in 2006 will have his album released by Shock records on 2 February 2008.

Bobby’s website has details of the album and upcoming tour dates.

January 31, 2008   Comments Off on Bobby Flynn album to be released on 2 February

Survivor Fans V Favourites already filmed

Even though Survivor China is still being screened on Channel 9 here, the next series fans v favourites is already filming in Micronesia.

Ten fans were invited back and they will play against ten new players.

Not so nice my grandmother is dead Johnny Fairplay is back which will be interesting to watch.

Jeff Probst gave an conference call where he gave the low down on the upcoming series. Link here for interview.

Jeff said the two luxury items the contestants are given are tampons and condoms. “They don’t want any Survivor babies” Apparently the footage is hot this series as a two couples hook up.

January 31, 2008   Comments Off on Survivor Fans V Favourites already filmed

First Pictures of Australian Next Top Model Contestants

The Daily Terror has the first picture of the final 13 Australia’s Next Top Model Contestants, who are currently living in a mansion at Port Hacking Sydney.

The camera’s may be rolling, however we will not get to see the final 13 contestants until April on Fox 8.

It is good to hear there are already some diva type behaviour occurring on screen. Samantha Downie a 20 year old from Melbourne describes herself as “a bitch who hates pretentious people” and Demelza Reveley from Wollongong whose idol is US Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

The other contestants are Alexandra Girdwood, Leiden Kronemberger, Kristy Coulcher,(all from Sydney) and Alamela Rowan, Belinda Hodge, Caris Eves, Alyce Crawford, Emma O’Sullivan, Jamie Lee, Kamila Markowska and Rebecca Jobson.

The girl at the back of the photo in the blue tights and the leotard who looks like she has dropped in from the Olivia Newton-John Physical video shoot must be wondering what she got herself into.

Apparently Queensland is the fugly state this year with no final 13 contestants from their. Obviously the blonde tanned look was not something the judges were looking for this year.
The Courier Mail has a big whinge about it before trying to claim two northern NSW contestants as their own.

January 31, 2008   Comments Off on First Pictures of Australian Next Top Model Contestants