A first-person account of what its like to audition for, and be rejected, by American Idol. It’s a lengthy, multi-part account but pretty interesting. I wonder if it will be taken down. Here’s a sample:
After each person auditioned, they’d walk out of the double doors back into the room where the family (if there was one) was waiting for them outside. Of course they’d jump and scream and react appropriately, and the entire thing would be filmed. What you should know about this:
1) The family is told exactly where to stand
2) The family is told exactly what to do
3) If the families reaction is not good enough (or too good), they have the reaction repeated so that they can film it from a different camera perspective. They also make suggestions, like “wave your signs,” ”pick him up and spin him,” and they are told over and over again to be as energetic and enthusiastic as possible. People were scolded for just saying “yay” or “congratulations”.
4) All of the other families and contestants (who are sitting between 5-50 feet away) are not allowed to clap, cheer, scream, talk, or make any noise whatsoever. They do this because they don’t want you to know those people are there. Think back to my drawing of the double doors with the two potted plants and the row of chairs in front of the door with the first row of contestants and the however many rows of contestants and families behind them. When you see the contestants running out of the room with the ticket, did you see anyone else around? Nope. Isn’t that slightly odd? Yep. Now, in their defense I did not make the very very last round, so they may have moved everyone to a separate holding area by then, but I know they still keep that area roped off (or silenced) to minimize background noise and cheering.
NEWS FROM THE HOUSE OF BEYOND RANDOM. Remember Anchal from America’s Next Top Model several cycles back? Indian girl? Did you ever wonder what became of her after enduring Tyra Banks? She might be dating Jim Carrey. That’s right. Jim Carrey. A real glutton for punishment, that Anchal.
In an interview with TVSquad, former American Idol judge Kara “Shit For Brains” Dioguardi said some crap about why she’s better on non-live formats and how she’s really cool in real life. Sure. And I’m listening to Open Toes right now.
“I have a sense of humor and I’m a lot cooler than I appeared on that show,” she said. “It was the industry expert role and I had to play that role, that’s what was given to me, but I can’t tell you how many sessions I walked into and people were like ‘who the hell is that girl on that show, that’s not even you!’ I have way more of a sense of humor and I don’t take things so seriously. I would hope they see I’m more down to Earth than you’d think and I’ve struggled in my life a lot to get where I am.”
And a couple of days late but…I’m doing it anyway. I do not care how much you love this man. THERE IS NOTHING SEXY OR GLAMOROUS ABOUT STRINGY HAIR, COKE BLOAT, AND A JUMBO HEFTY BAG. And I will totally respect you if you just ADMIT IT.