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1/27: CMT’s “Gone Country 3″ with Justin Guarini, poll question of the day

How are you enjoying the audition episodes this year compared to past years?

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Just had my car broken into last night (the price of living in town and leaving that suction cup GPS holder on the windshield practically yelping “Break in and steal me!”). Also took the Sirius satellite. Ugh. So I’m here at the auto glass place.

Note I’ve added a new poll on the left. Enjoy!

I finally got around to see the debut of “Gone Country 3,” which debuted last Saturday on CMT at 8 p.m. (The show had been airing on Fridays. I can’t say placing it on Saturdays is a promotion. Viewership is usually even lower on Saturdays but competition is lax.)

Ever charming season one runner up Justin Guarini is one of the seven. They’ve had an “Idol” contestant in every season. He follow Diana DeGarmo and Mikalah Gordon.

“People haven’t seen who I am, ” Justin said. “I feel like I haven’t proven myself as a musician.”

I gotta say John Rich has his work cut out for him turning any of them into viable country artists. I’d say Taylor Dayne and Justin have the biggest chances of winning though you can never count out Sheila E.

The other seven contestants are:

-Taylor Dayne. She was a pop diva from the late 1980s. She had 7 top 10 hits from 1987 to 1990. Recall “Tell It To My Heart,” “Prove Your Love,” and “Love Will Lead You Back,” to name a few. She doesn’t look half bad now. I’m not sure what her country background is. Looks like none. But she’s a good musician. We’ll see.

-Mickey Dolenz. He’s the drummer from the Monkees. He claims to have written a country song or two in the past and is a “closet” country man. Another real fish out of water for this country stuff.

-Richard Grieco. He’s known as an actor on “21 Jump Street.” No clue what his country creds are. He apparently did some music in Europe.

-Sheila E. A drummer and solo artist from the 1980s (”The Glamorous Life”). She was a judge in “The Next Great American Band” in 2007, too. She looks amazing. I have no clue how she’ll handle country but she’s got musical chops.

-Tara Conner. She is the former Miss USA, who had some rehab and said she was suicidal at some point. She has no clue who any of these folks in the house are. And I have no clue why she’s even here. Mickey Dolenz freaks her out with strange voices. “I am oblivious to what they’ve done and who they are,” she said. It sounds like she has zero musical background. “You can’t really play drums and sing very well,” she said, mindlessly, in front of Sheila E and Dolenz.

-George Clinton. Mr. Funk! Gotta love this dude with his bizarro hair. He’s going to spice up the joint, whether he has country in him or not.

Their first meet up is with George Jones. It’s good to see that Taylor Dayne, Sheila E and Mickey Dolenz knew who he was. I’m fairly certain Tara didn’t.

Then they are told to sing on their own. Naturally, Sheila E rocked it with “Glamorous Life.” Richard Grieco holds his own. Justin does “Let’s Stay Together.” Then George Clinton raises the roof with some funk. Mickey Dolenz does a lovely version of “Last Train to Clarksville.” Tara Conner is pretty awful doing Norah Jones. All sorts of breathing issues. Taylor Dayne ends the night with a soulful take on “I’ll Be Your Shelter.” I was never a fan of hers but she’s got it going on live.

I love the point where John Rich has producers interview random folks in Nashville and they all badmouth the contestants. “The one I pick I will be your record producer of your song,” he said.

25 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

January 27th, 2009
11:28 am

Sorry to hear about your robbery, Rodney. My kid lost his cd’s and stereo when his car was broken into at the Lakewood Amphitheater. Some people have no ethics.

Thanks for the Gone Country info. I can’t say that I’m very interested this season although I wish Justin well.

JTesla

January 27th, 2009
11:32 am

Good review of Gone Country, I agree that Taylor Dayne has the best chance, but not so sure about Justin. He sounded really great when he sang in the bar, I’m just curious how he will transition to country. He obviously is talented, I just hope he can capture a country audience.

Sorry to hear about the break in :(

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

January 27th, 2009
11:59 am

i empathize about your breakin Rodney … quite a few years ago my car was broken into. What was stolen? Some cassettes (NO not 8 tracks!) — of Christian music, and my Bible!!!! Can you believe someone would actually steal a BIBLE????? fortunately i was in my old car and had a crap radio unit, they didn’t even BOTHER with it, LOL, and nothing else worth anything. broken glass, but … i was fortunate, i guess — hoped the thief listened to the music and read the book, LOL!!!

JTesla

January 27th, 2009
12:26 pm

Linny, hopefully they opened it up and read a little.

KPH

January 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

Sorry to hear about your car Rodney. You should get an alarm with first strike capability. I hate thieves! I caught a guy breaking into my truck in a Wal Mart parking lot several years ago and he made my knuckles and one elbow hurt pretty bad but he didnt get away with anything. He did however get a free ride to Cobb Hospital then to jail. :-)

JJ

January 27th, 2009
1:13 pm

Yikes! Sorry to hear about the break-ins!!! No fun.

Linny….a Bible?! Really? Sad, huh? JT, you are totally right.

I haven’t really seen Gone Country. Any good?

JTesla

January 27th, 2009
1:25 pm

JJ, I’m no fan of Country music, but I was entertained by it. It is still reality TV, but it isn’t trashy.

Nana

January 27th, 2009
2:00 pm

Rodney, Bless your heart. I hope they find the person(s) responsible. Last June, ya’ll may recall that my hubby’s truck was stolen right out of our driveway during the night. Now that person has brass tacks, let me tell ya. The theives are no better than we are to work and PAY for what we get.

Gone Country is something I may end up watching just because of Mickey and Justin. Of course, Tara may be the kicker for my watching. She seems alittle ditzy IMO.

JTesla

January 27th, 2009
2:06 pm

Please excuse my Yankee ignorance: “Tara may be the kicker for my watching” means you will watch because of her or you won’t watch because of her? Everything else I got, “brass tacks” HA!

rho

January 27th, 2009
2:06 pm

Tara does not give pageant girls a good name. I know they have these folks enter the house with no knowledge of who else is going to be there. It was hilarious she had no clue who any of the other folks were.

Nana

January 27th, 2009
2:44 pm

JT – She is just so ditzy that she may make the program worthwhile to watch. I guess my sentence could have a double meaning, right?

Brass tacks sounds better than another word, if ya know what I mean. :)

Nana

January 27th, 2009
2:48 pm

Time to head for home and call it a day here. Ya’ll be good, be safe, be happy and love the ones you’re with. And as always, drive careful.

Chat with ya’ll later tonight during/after idol.

Deirdre

January 27th, 2009
2:56 pm

Idol tonight…yea!

I think I’ll just take notes then come on after the show. Trying to type and watch at the same time makes my head spin and I miss things…on the tv and on the keyboard!

harriett

January 27th, 2009
3:01 pm

OMG, I have had the day from H_ _ _! No time to do anything today on the blog. Thankfully, AI will be on later, and I can drown my frustrations while enjoying the show. I think it will be vodka tonight.

JTesla

January 27th, 2009
3:04 pm

Understood Nana, that is how we use the word up here too, I was just a little confused.

I’m ready for the first of three nights of Idol!

KPH

January 27th, 2009
3:39 pm

Nana sounds like someone needs to stick brass tacks in his err… umm… “another word”. As we say down here that learn him a lesson.

KPH

January 27th, 2009
3:41 pm

Should read that WOULD learn him a lesson.

Harm

January 27th, 2009
3:50 pm

Nana, I was happy that Jason sent all 4 of those girls home. I didn’t particulary like any of them,I like 4 of the remaining girls,not too sure about Molly yet. Stephanie is my favorite.

Sorry to hear about the car break-in Rodney. Do you want us bloggers to join forces and hunt the guilty party down? We could get a stun gun to use, like the girl who helped that policeman out.

harriett

January 27th, 2009
3:59 pm

JT, do they still have Van Duyn’s Chocolates in Portland? Talking to you the other day about Portland got me to thinking about that candy. Best I ever tasted!

JTesla

January 27th, 2009
4:14 pm

Harriett: Van Duyn’s is still around, but they have some competition now. Most notable is Moonstruck Chocolate. I have never seen such a large selection of hot-chocolate in my life.

harriett

January 27th, 2009
4:36 pm

My grandmother lived in Mosier, OR many years ago, when I was a child, and I remember her bringing the Van Duyn’s Chocolate truffle mints and rocky road candy to us when she visited us “back home” in NC. Years later, my aunt ordered some and we all had a special taste treat. I can still remember the silky-smooth texture of the chocolate. Mmmm. The Moonstruck–does it make candy as well as hot-chocolate?

harriett

January 27th, 2009
5:04 pm

See y’all on the blog later tonight!

JTesla

January 27th, 2009
5:37 pm

Harriett: they specialize in truffles and all things chocolate. The only places I can think of that make other types of candy are all down at the coast. Thinking about it makes me want some salt-water taffy.

Nana

January 27th, 2009
6:38 pm

OMG!!! Did someone say salt-water taffy??? I could eat my weight, or maybe not, let me rephrase that, I like salt water taffy. Yummy to the tummy. :) :)

Harm: Did you seen on the previews that DeAnna comes back to the Batchelor and is seen kissing Jason? What is she doing there? She had her chance with him and blew it. I’m pulling for Stephanie all the way. When Jason had her daughter brought to her for the daughter’s b’day, I had tears in my eyes. They make the ideal family with little Ty in there. Oh my, I need to get back on topic here. Sorry folks.

Can’t wait to see/hear the high school senior from Newnan, Alan Jackson. His audition song is “Love Somebody Like You.” WhAt I heard on the radio this morning, he’s country all the way. Wouldn’t it be something if he ended up in Nashville? What are the chances that two singers from the same small Georgia town and same names making it in country? Of course, he would really have to sell himself to even come close to THE Alan Jackson. Gotta do some things before Idol comes on, but I’ll be back in a few.

Nana

January 27th, 2009
9:16 pm

Boy what a disappointment! :(

What happened to Alan Jackson? I was lead to believe that his audition would be shown. I really wanted to see and hear him. The radio station built his audition up and then it wasn’t shown. Guess I’ll have to wait and see him in HW.

Okay here is my take on the ones that were put through:

Joshua Ulloa: Thought he was to theatrical but did have a good range of vocals.

Sharon Wilbur: Didn’t care for her song choice, but liked her. She’s as cute as a button.

Julissa (beauty queen): Decent vocals but IMO, waaaaay to silly.

Jasmine Murray: For a 16 year old, she was really good. I liked everything about her and she is a very pretty young lady.

AnnMarie: Again, a pretty face but I don’t think she will last long. She can sing no doubt, but just not to sure about her.

T.K. Hash: Thought his voice was smooth and velvety. He is very nice looking which doesn’t hurt him at all.

My two best choices were Jasmine and T.K.