I’m on vacation until July 11. If you hear any breaking TV/radio news, contact Jennifer Brett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s something I wrote before I left:
Rachel Crow, 14, had one of the most heart-wrenching eliminations in TV reality show history last fall when she was axed from “The X Factor” on Fox. She started wailing in a such plaintive fashion, the judges came up on stage to try to comfort her.
Fortunately, the usually chipper Crow has recovered nicely from that moment. She quickly nabbed herself a record deal and a TV show, which is set to start taping for Nickelodeon this fall. She has since released an EP and is opening for Big Time Rush on the band’s latest tour. She makes her first ever visit to Atlanta July 10 at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood with a 20-minute set.
That type of news only requires tears of happiness.
“I am way better now,” said Crow in a phone interview earlier this month. “I was upset but after the show, I learned Columbia Records would be my label. Then a week later, Nickelodeon came by. I thought my life was over. It ended up being so great. I couldn’t ask for better.”
When asked about all the changes Simon Cowell is making to the show for season two (no more Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger or ineffective host Steve Jones), she wryly said, “Simon changes his mind a lot.”
She said she opted for a five-song EP instead of a full album so she’d have songs ready for the Big Time Rush tour. She co-wrote her first single “Mean Girls” with Toby Gad, best known for Beyonce’s “If I Was a Boy” and Fergies‘ “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”
“We sat down and he asked me about my life,” she said, “what I wanted to write about. I thought bullying was a hot topic. I wanted to help kids get over bullying.” She said she was mocked for her hair, her clothing, stupid silly things. She had a rough time at first but grew a thick skin. “I’ve learned to be stronger through it all,” she said.
She said the coolest celebrity she’s gotten to meet so far is Pres. Obama. “He was just awesome.” Second place? Bruno Mars.
Big Time Rush, Cody Simpson, Rachel Crow
7 p.m., July 10.
Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
$55.75 to 87.95 after fees.
Tickets can be purchased at www.livenation.com.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk