How about this for ambitious? NBC is planning a live, three-hour remake of “The Sound of Music” for Christmas season 2013 starring Carrie Underwood as Julie Andrews’ iconic Maria Von Trapp.
Underwood hasn’t done too much acting to date – “Soul Surfer” in 2011 is the most notable film role. And coincidentally or not, in 2008, she performed “The Sound of Music” for a “Movie Rocks” special on CBS.
And it’s going to be produced by the team that has done “Chicago” and NBC’s “Smash.”
Our beloved “Idol” moderator Deirdre’s mother died last week and I wanted to extend my deepest condolences.
Kelly Clarkson on Blake Shelton’s Christmas special last night on NBC shows her comedy chops here.
Sorry “Voice” fans. I have only limited brain capacity and have focused on doing recaps of “X Factor,” “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “The Walking Dead.” Work-life balance meant I had to drop something and that something was “The Voice.” But I went on MJ’s and watched the final six last night just to see what I’ve been missing. My impressions of each based purely on their performances last night and I have zero context in terms of their journey thus far. (Yes, I used the word “journey.” Sorry!)
Nicholas David: This guy’s 31. With that scraggly beard and Bo Bice hair, he has prematurely aged himself 10 years. He has a mildly interesting voice, no particular stage presence. I almost feel like he was born 30 years too late and might have had more luck in the 1970s. I thought his “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was more bracing than “September,” which felt more like a straight cover.
Cassadee Pope: Lovely pop voice in the vein of Avril Lavigne, which is why her pick of an Lavigne song worked so well. Her version of a Rascal Flatts song “Stand” was quite good to me, especially since I’m no fan of the vocals of Gary LeVox, lead singer of Rascal Flatts. She has the looks and the energy to be a potential pop star.
Amanda Brown: She’s far better (and far more relatable) than Paige Thomas or CeCe Frey on “X Factor.” She has a commanding voice and does both R&B (”Natural Woman”) and rock (”Here I Go Again”) well. And she can hit the big notes, too.
Terry McDermott: An adequate 70s/80s rock guy. I don’t have much more to say about him.
Trevin Hunte – His mentor Cee Lo inexplicably gave him an upbeat 80s pop tune by Katrina & the Waves. He did a decent job giving it some R&B spit and polish. Then he picks one of the most difficult songs out there “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” He is not quite as compelling as Joshua Ledet from a personality standpoint but he has a good voice.
Melanie Martinez – Apparently, Danger Mouse has blocked this song from being performed on any reality show but Cee Lo has a little sway with him as the other half of Gnarls Barkley. She then does “The Show.” Very cute and sweet, like a lollipop. MJ hated her but I have a high tolerance for sugary stuff (and that despite the fact I’m diabetic.)