The New Directions pay tribute to Stevie Wonder while Rachel prepares for her Funny Girl callback.
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “Wonder-ful”:
Aren’t They Wonder-ful?
Regionals are only one week away and that means the Glee Club needs some serious inspiration, and who better to turn to than Stevie Wonder? The kids covered his songs for their assignment this week, with Mike and Mercedes on hand to help. If these kids do what they are so clearly capable of doing, they’ll have regionals in the BAG.
The Bitch is Back
“The Bitch” being Cassandra July A.K.A. Kate Hudson as she appeared to want nothing more than to see Rachel fail at her Funny Girl callback. After scheduling her extremely hard ballet midterm the same day as her audition, she did a total 180 and brought the entire class to support Rachel. She said she saw something in her from the beginning and that’s why she’s been so hard on her – plus she only slept with Brody because of his abs. Either this woman has a major personality disorder, or she’s not such a bitch after all (my money’s on the first option).
Big City Fears
At first glance, you might wrongly assume this beautiful French girl will sing a folksy Carla Bruni-esque lullaby or a pop ballad, but you’d be completely wrong. Instead, Rachel La Voix D’Homme decided to sing DEATH METAL to audition for France’s Got Talent.
The 24-year-old shocked all the judges, proving you should never judge someone based on how they look.
Watch it here
Cher’s “Believe” is often in the top five list of annoying songs people hate to hear, but this X-Factor UK contestant did a few nips and tucks, acoustified it and ended up stunning the judges and audience members with her touching performance.
When Ella Henderson said she was going to perform the song, everyone braced themselves for the overplayed ex-club banger. But her touching performance was enough to impress all the judges — even making one of them cry. Cher was impressed, tweeting: “work Done …Went on Utube 2 c young girl sing Believe! Tears came 2 my eyes! So Touching! a Great version of a Great Song. WE Can Share It !”
Ella’s version gave the lyrics a completely different meaning. I’d definitely add it to my playlist!
Watch her performance here:
Meet Willie Jones. He got a big fat yes from all The X-Factor judges and Simon Cowell declared his audition one to remember. Despite being from a small town, he’s got a unique Fresh Prince style and has thunderbolts shaved into his hair at both sides of his head. The 17-year-old drove nearly 14 hours to get to the audition with his family and really wanted to impress the judges.
Then he opened his mouth and started singing… and it was AWESOME. But I’m not going to tell you what style he sang because we were like:
In a good way of course. [awkwardchronicles1]
Watch it here:
During the day, Lucy Spraggan is that pesky salesperson on the street with a clipboard that you try to avoid. She hates her day job and auditioned for The X-Factor knowing it could change her whole life.
I wasn’t sure what to expect after she announced she’d be singing a song she personally wrote about “Beer Fear” — you know, when you go to the bar, have a few too many Tequila shots or Flaming Sambucas and end up proposing to your everlasting love (who’s actually just the greasy dude you met on the dance floor).
Her rendition ended up being one of the wittiest performances I’ve seen on the show. It wasn’t necessarily that she had the best voice (though she did have a nice Lily Allen flare), but her lyrics were intelligent and incredibly hilarious. Everyone can relate to beer fear, am I right?
Watch it here:
There you go again X-Factor, making me look like a crazy person sitting in an office full of guys, trying to block the tears welling up in my eyes. Contestant Bella Ferraro auditioned for Australia’s The X-Factor with an emotional performance of “Skinny Love” by Birdy, originally by Bon Iver.
Bella left high school to pursue music. She nervously auditioned for the judges on her eighteenth birthday.
There are several reasons why her performance is so touching. First, she doesn’t realize how damn talented she is. Hands shaking at times, Ferraro seemed genuinely shocked when the audience applauded her within five seconds of starting. Her supportive mom looked on from the audience, tearfully proud. All the judges, including hard-to-please Mel B, gave the contestant a deserved standing ovation.
Yesterday the UK edition of The X-Factor made me angry when I saw Pink cover artist Zoe Alexander storm off the stage upon receiving constructive criticism. But you’ve reclaimed my love, X-Factor, with Bella Ferraro.
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In his spare time, 18-year-old Curtis Golden plays computer games, reads comics and collects figurines of superheroes. He describes himself as the “stereotypical nerd.” Spurred by his sisters, he also became a huge Spice Girls fan, which is why he was probably all the more nervous to audition for X-Factor UK in front of band member Mel B.
Unfortunately, Mel B branded his unexpected, countrified performance of Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman” as “annoying and irritating.” His Spice Girls memorabilia wasn’t enough to win Mel B over but his unique performance was enough to get me.
According to Metro UK, the contestant was too shy to audition in previous years but finally decided to go for it after surviving a serious car accident. He told them that after something like that happens, “you kind of stop giving a c**p.”
Watch below to see if he ended up getting through.
Even after I read the headlines about Andrew De Leon being a goth Susan Boyle, I did NOT expect what came out of his mouth.
De Leon talks about being inspired by Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie growing up. ”They really became an escape for someone like me who felt that I was an outsider. Growing up I was alienated,” he says.
His audition for America’s Got Talent was the first time he’s sung in front of anyone in his life (including his family) and his voice was absolutely beautiful. The judges were shocked when the operatic music came on — they expected some type of rock — proving that you shouldn’t make judgements based on how someone looks.
De Leon, who is a makeup artist, literally made people in the audience cry and got a deserved standing ovation at the end. Now I must remind you of the obligatory lessons learned: there’s a star in everyone, don’t make judgements about someone based on how they look. GO FOR YOUR DREAMS.
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Kelly Clarkson was interviewed by Access Hollywood last week where she compared dating to an American Idol audition.
“It’s like an ‘American Idol’ audition. The worst ones are the most confident… And the same thing goes for my dating life. The worst guys are the most confident with me.”
Ironically, Clarkson’s new track is called ”Mr. Know It All.” Coincidence?
Just a few days after the Season 4 So You Think You Can Dance Canada premier, fans all over the country are geared up to embark on this year’s journey to find Canada’s next favourite dancer. Following a number of young hopefuls during the ups and downs of a difficult on air dancing competition, the new season and its judges promise to be bigger and better than any season prior. As judge Tré Armstrong reveals, viewers will be treated to sexy dancing and a lot of talent as early on as the first three minutes of the season.
“I’m anxious and nervous and excited and overwhelmed at the same time to see the show tonight,” Armstrong told andPOP on Monday, a mere few hours before the premier. “[It’s the] best season yet for sure.”
However, it’s definitely not all fun and games for the contestants. As every other season, this time around each competitor who the judges are unconvinced should proceed to Finals Week in Toronto must come face to face with their worst nightmare – a little thing called “Blake Boot Camp.”
“It’s definitely the first moment where their eyes really kind of start to bulge out of their heads and say wow, okay, I didn’t know how hard this is going to be,” says Armstrong’s co-judge and choreographer, Blake McGrath. “We do that to prepare them for the shows. It’s a really gruelling process.” The experience, which McGrath titles interesting, fun, and crazy, definitely takes its toll on the contestants’ nerves. “I think people throw up this year, actually,” the judge reveals.
DailyMail is reporting that over 18,000 people tuned out to the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena.
A show insider is quoted saying, “The scenes down here are crazy. There are around 18,000 people here and the numbers are growing by the second. There’s gridlock on the freeways into the venue, its absolute chaos. These auditions are going to be going on well into the night — there are a lot of people to get through.”
Of course 18,000 people showed up for the auditions as an opportunity to show off their artistic talents. Well that, plus if they win, they will receive a$5 Million record deal from Sony Music plus a huge plethora of endorsement deals.
So good luck!
Twilight star Robert Pattinson took valium 20 minutes before his first audition for the movie, MuchMusic.com reports. During an interview with Nightline on Monday, Pattinson admitted that before he did his audition in front of director Catherine Hardwicke he stole valium from his roommate’s bedside table.
“Probably one of the best decisions I ever made,” he said.
Some of Pattinson’s co-stars, including Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene, will be in Toronto this Sunday (June 20) to present at this year’s MuchMusic Video Awards.
The show will go on for “America’s Next Top Model.”
Following a Manhattan casting call that erupted in chaos over the weekend, host and executive producer Tyra Banks says auditions for the reality series will go forward.
“To all the ‘Top Model’ hopefuls who were affected by the New York casting, we are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren’t seen, get an opportunity to audition – we’ll update you on our plans very soon,” Banks said in a statement issued by the CW network Monday.
Avril Lavigne won’t be audition dancers for her upcoming tour today, after the Dancers’ Alliance called for a boycott.
An email that was sent to dancers scheduled to audition revealed that Lavigne was planning to pay her dancers below industry standards.
“The tour’s weekly rate is $1,250.00 inclusive of agency fee…after agency commission that would be $1,125.00 to you before taxes,” the email outlined, as posted on PerezHilton.com. “Management has offered no additional perdiem and no plus agency fee, which is standard in our industry.”
Via MySpace blog, the Dancers’ Alliance urged its members to show up to the audition – “not to participate, but to stand outside of the door encouraging any dancer who shows up NOT TO STEP INTO THE AUDITION.”
At 10:30 last night, Lavigne “opened up a new conversation with the agencies.”