It’s Friday and we’ve endured six of the eight episodes. Most of my regulars here are hankering for Hollywood already, which is understandable. But alas, there are two more audition episodes, which features Denver and Victoria Beckham next Tuesday and a mish mash on Wednesday. That means we’ll get more peeks of some of the guest judges. But we’ve seen at least a sample of them all, a couple briefly (Joe who?) and some quite impressively (ah… Katy Perry.)
I personally liked Perry the most. She was opinionated and funny, noting that this is not a Lifetime movie. Shania Twain wasn’t half bad either, especially her little tease of the Asian dude. Neil Patrick Harris was more serious than I expected but he was willing to face up to Simon at times. That’s a good thing.
Mary J. Blige made a lot of faces but was more annoying than enlightening to me. Victoria Beckham was a bore. Joe Jonas, as noted, was a pure non-presence. Avril Lavigne grated, devil’s horns notwithstanding. And Kristin Chenoweth spent more time buddying up to Kara than giving particularly interesting insight.
In other news-
-To deal with the four-judge panel, Fox will now give us more “Idol.” The first two performance weeks with 12 and 11 contestants typically run two hours. But now so will the weeks with 10 and 9 contestants. That way, we can hear more of Ellen DeGeneres and the others bloviate! Or if Idol is truly being generous. maybe we can hear longer songs by each of the contestants.
- Simon Cowell’s cover of “Everybody Hurts” for Haiti will come out Feb. 7. It includes Miley Cyrus, Kylie Minogue, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, Jon Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Michael Buble.
-LA Times reports Elliot Yamin and Kara DioGuardi are going to Angola for “Idol Gives Back.”
-Vote for the Worst has some controversy about Hollywood bound Todrick Hall and a possible scam involving his “Oz” musical show, which failed. After reading the lengthy story, it sounds like he’ s just not very much into financial details and doesn’t have a terribly smart team around him. Scam? Not clear. Inept? Well, you be the judge.