No, That’s NOT Sean Young!

I only made the Sean Young connection when I saw the screen shot…no, it’s drag queen Countess LuAnn de Lesseps’ new video for her new single, “Chic C’est La Vie”.  I’m an avid Housewives franchise fan and it was only two years ago, I became enamored with the NYC ladies.  I’m bummed Bethenny Frankel is gone, but those left behind (original and new) are keeping it as interesting and as nutso as ever!  I guess we can blame Atlanta housewife Kim Zolciak for starting the whole “singing housewife” trend.  Lest we forget “Tardy for the Party” and I guess the Countess was the next one to take on a “singing” career, oh boy, and a fury on the eardrums of the world was unleashed.  And since the Countess, former NJ cast member/housewife, Danielle Staub tried it, as did DC housewife/trainwreck/White House crasher Micheale Salahi….watch this recently released trainwreck if you dare!
I seriously thought it was a bad SNL skit; oh God the lengths some people will go to.  Anyways, I guess my point is, if you try to sing, at least get some vocal training or auto-tune.  Even NYC househusband, Simon Van kempen has gotten in on the action with his own soon-to-be-forgotten single, “I Am Real”  Yes, the housewives are not singing, they are auto-tuning.  I just laugh and I hope I keep laughing at these ladies, si bon, si bon!
And, for good measure, here’s Sean Young during her “please give me the role of Catwoman” phase.

When A "Gay Twist" Is NOT A Gay Twist

Oh boy, where do I begin?  When Alan Ball and the producers of True Blood teased one of the major characters would switch teams this season, I knew exactly who they were talking about, Tara…duh!  I mean seriously, can the writers come up with someone a little more unexpected?  
I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I’ve got a pretty, damn good gaydar and Tara has been on mine from almost the beginning.  To be fair, the Tara character is NOT prominent in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels.  However, Ball took over the creativity and let Tara in only to torture her and to have her strike out with guys, big time!  So at the end of season 3, Tara whacked off her hair (Hello?!?), she drove by Merlotte’s and she said “see ya!” to Bon Temps.  
I was surprised we found out the big gay twist in the first episode last night; I was very displeased with how busy last season was and last night-in one episode-the writers had a lot to catch up on.  Tara now calls herself “Toni” and she’s an ultimate cage fighter (BUTCH ALERT!) in New Orleans; and, she has a girlfriend!  Without giving too much away, Tara will probably end up heading back to Bon Temps after a text from Lafayette.  To be honest, I call bullshit on this storyline, especially if it was just to make Tara more interesting or give her more of a spotlight.  Because I fear, she will swing back the way of men, possibly old flame Sam, and her lesbianism will be just a whim.  If she’s bi, big deal, so what?  
My cynicism still needs to process this one.

Handicapping The Voice Final Four

The finals are set for the inaugural season of NBC’s The Voice and really, there are no surprises; I guess Team Cee-Lo’s representative Vicci Martinez barely beating out Nakia was the only mild surprise, and yeah, I was hoping Frenchie Davis could pull out the victory over Beverly McClellan, but McClellan was too strong and she deserves to be in the finals.  
That said, let’s take a look at the finalists:
Team Blake-Dia Frampton
 Okay, yes, Dia has been able to score the highest sales figures on iTunes with each passing week (downloads count as votes on The Voice, something another singing competition show should consider), she has the youth factor AND guess what, she was once part of a major-label act, Meg and Dia.  OMG, I’ve heard of them, but I don’t think I ever heard their music; plus Frampton has several YouTube performance videos out there, so her momentum is very good for the win.  I’m not sure she has the best voice in the competition, but she has a very eclectic style; she’s not your typical pop singer…always a win in my book. 
Team Adam-Javier Colon
I admit when I first heard Colon’s rendition of “Time After Time” in the blind audition rounds, it brought tears to my eyes, really.  His soulfulness made Cyndi Lauper’s 1984 hit seem so fresh and so moving.  If Frampton doesn’t pull off the upset, Colon is the winner.  He had a record contract at one time, he released two albums with no success on Capitol and he was also a member/vocalist for The Derek Trucks Band.  So he has the experience in the grind of writing, producing, touring, and promoting music for a living.  In my opinion, he has the best shot at becoming a commercial success.  Who knows.
Team Cee-Lo-Vicci Martinez
Seattle’s Vicci Martinez is my dark horse in the finals.  However, I don’t think she has the best voice, she has the performance ability and the personality.  Oh, and she’s one of two out contestants in the finals, check!  I wasn’t sure she would make it past the blind auditions; if you recall, even the tv audience didn’t get to see Martinez until the coaches’ chairs started swinging around.  She took on “Rolling in the Deep” with much fearlessness and it was okay; I just wasn’t sure, but now, she has a shot.  Martinez has released several independent albums and she has opened up for major artists like Annie Lennox, Avril Lavigne, Jonny Lang, and, Christoper Cross?!?  Feisty!
Team Christina-Beverly McClellan
(Here looking like Linda Perry in her 4-Non Blondes days) 
Beverly McClellan can also win, but is she commercial enough?  She has so much raw talent and her voice, it’s bluesy, it’s rock n roll, it’s ballsy!  I’m sure at this point, McClellan has the “fan favorite” moniker taken and quite appropriately.  Being the other out competitor hasn’t stopped her and she has nothing to prove.  She’s done it!  McClellan has also gone the route of independence in getting her music out there.  Can she pull off the upset?  Maybe.
So there you have four very able artists ready to take over the world, but which one will?  Final live performances next Tues. night and the winner will be announced live next Wed.  Again, the winner of The Voice will receive $100,000 and a recording contract with Universal Republic.  WATCH IT!


I Love The Glee Project!

If you are having massive Glee withdrawals, fret no more, Oxygen’s The Glee Project is the fix to tide you over until this fall.  One sidebar, creator Ryan Murphy announced last week, when season 3 ends, he will graduate some of the cast members…yes, it’s happening.  The goal of The Glee Project isn’t necessarily to fill the impending void, but to give one of now 10 hopefuls a 7-episode arc next season.  I wasn’t planning on watching the show at first, it airs on Sunday nights, which for me, are booked solid; I really don’t know how I will go on after The Killing‘s unsatisfying season finale; will we ever know who killed Rosie Larsen? and better yet, will we even care by next March?!? 
First of all, if I didn’t love Ryan Murphy enough, I love him even more seeing his critiques on The Glee Project.  He reminds of one of my assistant band directors from high school (I love you Ketih Guier!) and he knows exactly what he wants for his hit show, characters!  I would say the majority of the competitors hit the nail right on the head.  You have the flamboyant male diva (Alex, and he’s sassy!, love him!), you have the regular diva (Lindsey, who the other girls hate!), you have an Irish dude (Damian, that’s really his name), you have the “Rock of Ages” wannabe (Samuel, dredlocks!), you have the nerdy, sensitive type (Cameron), and you have the WHITE big girl (Hannah, I’m rooting for her!)
Last, but not least, you have the short one, no, I mean really short, 4’9″ to be exact.  Meet 19-year-old Matheus Fernandes from Atlanta, GA.
Oh my goodness!  I admire him and I hope he makes it further in the competition.  I wish I could pull up the clip from this week when Murphy, after seeing Matheus and now departed competitor, Ellis Wylie, critique them, he said “…it’s like attack of the little cutie pies…”  I lost it!  Just some other primer, the competitors work with the entire Glee team to dance, sing, and to finally shoot a big group number and each week, a guest judge works individually with the winner of the “group sing in the band room” portion at the beginning.  At the end of each episode, the competitors perform Avril Lavigne’s “Keep Holding On” with the latest one not called back; it’s kind of cheesy.  However, please check out The Glee Project Sunday nights at 9E/8C on Oxygen.

The Edge of Boring? And Then She’s Bald!

Okay, so Lady GaGa’s “The Edge of Glory” video is underwhelming, but there’s a bizarre explanation behind how the video came to be….check here for the complete scoop.  Both Joseph Kahn, who was named as the video’s director and Haus of GaGa creative director Laurieann Gibson claim they did NOT direct the latest GaGa dancing/Clarence Clemons’ cameo-infused clip (ironic timing, since Clemons suffered a stroke last weekend).  However, before too many stones were thrown, this clip of GaGa perfoming “Hair” on the Paul O’Grady Show overseas popped up this evening.  
WTF?…Never fear, GaGa did NOT shave her head, it’s a bald cap, but still, she keeps everyone guessing, especially with all of her European performances, which have all been elaborate compared to her new minimalist video.  Even her performance of “The Edge of Glory” on the American Idol finale had more visuals.  I guess when you’re the biggest pop star in the world, you need a break or at least a gasp from your fans.

Rebecca Black Unfriends YouTube

Did someone hear the billion cries of agony through our computer screens?  Because guess what kids, it’s over…Yep, Rebecca Black’s Friday video has been yanked from YouTube….why?  It’s all a fight over who controls the rights, Ark Music Factory or Rebecca’s family.  In other words, someone wants a lot of money out of this little cash cow.  How will we go on?  How will I go on?  I’m figuring Black will try to record a full-length record and I’m betting it won’t be with Ark.  But who will touch this viral talent?  And I do mean viral….from now on, if anyone extends Black’s 15 minutes, cue Katy Perry, there will always be a reference to “Friday”, no matter what.   And now that Raquel Castro didn’t make the semi-finals on The Voice, no more dopplegangers either!  I’m not-not-not excited….I know this won’t be the last we hear from Rebecca Black, but we’ll always have this.

Rebecca Black: Silent Video Co-Star…A Good Thing?

Oh Rebecca Black…you just keep showing up in the oddest places…you should really be glad Katy Perry let you co-star in her brand new video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”, because your 15 minutes were about up….You should really try to not be the punchline at this point…but I’m afraid that won’t happen…you’ve already landed your own little piece of pop culture history thanks to You Tube….So you have that going for you, don’t be sad, be extremely grateful…and girl, please be smart and don’t take any bad advice, oh and maybe pick some better songs…
On the other hand, Katy Perry continues to wow with her outrageous personality…the Kathy Beth Terry character is priceless….She’s come a long way from kissing girls and liking it…I still hate that song! And thank God you gave some screen time to Debbie Gibson, Hanson, Corey Feldman, and KENNY G!

Victory Is Mine!

Forgive me, but I’ve been on a bit of a blog break.  I went on vacation 2 weeks ago and though there was a few things to write about this past week (BOO ON TRACY MORGAN!), I just wasn’t inspired.  Until, last night.
I’ll be honest, even though I work for a radio station, I don’t listen to the radio much when I’m in the car; I either drive in silence or I pop in a cd.  But sometimes, especially on Saturday nights, I’ll turn on an 80’s radio show I know and I’ll see what they have on.  Last night was interesting because I think Milli Vanilli’s “Girl You Know It’s True” came out just on the brink of the 90’s, by the way, after the scandal broke out about Rob and Fab NOT being the singers on the record, Arista Records sent all of its customers a letter saying we could return the Milli Vanilli album, mine was a cassette, for a refund, which at the time, cassettes cost about 8 bucks.  Eh, so I kept mine, but I have no idea where it is; there was a mass exodus at my house recently of old tapes and cds.  And  then I heard Erasure, gay-gay-gay, “A Little Respect” which was surprising; I would think an 80s show would just play the run-of-mill “Chains of Love” but no, it was cool to hear it again. 
I think a commercial break was next, then I heard it, the familiar rock riff and I cranked it up to the point where I thought my windows my shatter, Scandal’s “The Warrior”.  It’s such a killer song with a killer melody and Patty Smyth? Come on, she has one of the most underrated voices in rock/pop.  And it rocks so much, I remember occasionally playing it when I worked in rock radio.  When I was in college, I heard it somewhere and I ran out to buy it, some 15 years after it had been released; I managed to find a cheap Scandal cassette at Big Lots!, it’s true.  I did some research and sadly, “The Warrior” did not go to number 1, but it peaked in the top 10 at number 7 in 1984.  Its pop culture impact lives on in Guitar Hero and Grand Theft Auto-Vice City Stories.  And I realized this morning, I so do not have it on my iPod, that will be remedied later tonight.  Enjoy!