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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by JLucPicard, Jan 15, 2014.
Yeah, there have been some good ones but nobody has really jumped out as a favorite for me yet.
Ha. I was just thinking how strange it was that there are almost two full pages of posts and no one has mentioned a single singer yet as a standout.
I liked Majesty from the Atlanta auditions
Yeah, she was very good
This is the first time in several years that I don't find myself just FFing through the majority of opening round auditions. HCJr. makes all the difference in the world. He really understands music theory and has an appreciation for music history, and he's not shy about calling out pretentious crap.
I don't really evaluate the singers until Hollywood, because I don't know that we can really get much from their auditions - it's one thing to have one song you can perform impressively. It's quite another to have the musical and vocal skill to pull of a range of songs and styles - what Harry Chapin called "the range of full color necessary to make it consistently interesting."
Tiquila? Who names their daughter Tiquila? (and why did they spell it that way??) And her occupation was listed as "funeral home singer". What kind of job is that?? So odd an so many levels for me.
I *am* enjoying this season.
She mentioned that she sings in her church and works in a funeral home and sings at the services there. I got the impression he main job was working in a funeral home. AI just condensed it all to Funeral Home Singer for some reason. Was kind of odd.
There was a very young guy right out of high school that worked for my FIL. His even younger girlfriend got pregnant and dropped out of school to get married.
She wanted to name the baby Tequila. I'll never forget her telling me about it and I had to try so hard not to laugh. Thank goodness they changed their mind by the time the baby was born and they wound up naming her Barbra, although that was shortened to Barbie. Not a lot better....lol.
One of the things that I have found strange is how of the singers bring a guitar in with them but then don't play it. The ones that do play it seems to sound better. I think the kid who's mother traveled with Keith shouldn't have been given a ticket. Same as the one who's father was a singer.
From something I read yesterday, most of the auditioners sing more than one song. They show that sometimes on the air, but we usually only see one of the songs. It's likely the song they sing with the guitar is not shown.
I really liked Jessica Bassett, but both Harry and Keith said no. I usually agree with Harry, but this time I think he got it wrong:
On Ellen's friday show, she put out an open call for Jessica to contact her to be on The Ellen Show.
AFAIK, everybody gets just one song in front of the judges. Keep in mind that everybody who gets as far as the judges has to go through two previous rounds of auditions first; the first round is the one in the large stadium (where they show the huge crowd waiting to get in), and the second round is usually two months later.
From what I understand, the stages:
1) "Cattle Call" at the stadium. Dozens of scouts for the program listen to people in small groups. Prospective contestants have a few seconds to impress the scouts and get an invitation to the producer audition.
2) Producer audition, weeks later. If the producers are impressed, they're given invitations to the judge auditions, several weeks later (again).
3) Judge auditions, much later and somewhere else.
And yes, the contestants are asked to prepare *2* songs. Whether they actually perform both is variable, however.
I also understand that both the Producer audition and Judge auditions are both taped, allowing them to edit them together as needed, use either for montage segments, or make it appear that a contestant is performing for the judges when they're really performing for the producers.
That helps me understand why some people quit their jobs to audition for Idol. I understand that some people drive long distances to get there, but it seemed a stretch that they'd have to quit. If they have to drive and then wait around, I get it.
That's pretty much correct (especially the bit about splicing songs from stage 2 in with judges' reactions from stage 3), except that I'm not sure that stages 2 and 3 are necessarily in different places, and I wouldn't say "much later" - I remember one city having them two weeks apart.
They don't stay in the audition city between one stage and the next, but it does mean three round trips, and at least three nights (one per round - more likely two for round 1, since registration and auditions are on different days) in a hotel.
I've been watching him since at least 1990. He's got a Chris Isaak kind of thing going, lots of talent matched by lots of personality and a unique, quirky sense of humor. Also he's a pretty straight shooter. He's much beloved locally.
Yea, I know there are a lot of auditions prior to the audition in front of the stars. But many of them do get to sing more than one song for the star judges.
The bus gimmick they did last night is the kind of thing they do on AI which just makes me appreciate The Voice even more.....
Also, they have been doing the "the first thing you do when you get to Pasadena Northridge "Hollywood" is to sing for the judges again, who will either put you through to the Group round or send you right home, for years.
The "bus thing" smacks too much of America's Got Talent.
Yes AI needs spinning chairs just like the Voice.