My pal Brent Michaels, the morning DJ from 97.7 the Breeze tells me that Andrew Lloyd Webber night will be comprised of his music, rather than a broader theme. David Archuleta, Carly Smithson and Ramiele Malubay will do fine. The others, not so much. Well, if Syesha Mercado is still around, she’ll do OK. I may need something to settle my stomach that night. Ugh.
ETA: Smart Peeps vixen and trina reminded me that David Cook went to college on a theater scholarship. And that Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. Hey, not only is David a Word Geek he’s a theater geek!
ETAA: Comment peeps have pointed out that there is potential for the song list to be varied, as ALW has a large catalog. I hope the list reflects a variety of styles. A night of overblown ballads would not be fun…
More about IGB from the National Ledger,
“Heroes” regular Greg Grunberg, “House” star Hugh Laurie, “Desperate Housewives'” James Denton and the other members of the Band from TV will be rockin’ the house on Fox’s second “American Idol Gives Back” special April 9, reveals Grunberg.
Apparently, Teri Hatcher will be appearing with them also. They are called the “Band From TV”, and they play charity events around Los Angeles.
Also from Brent Michaels–he sent me an mp3 of his weekly chat with JD Roberto. He’s the host of American Idol Extra on the Fox Reality channel. Brent asked JD a question about the producers and how they determine performance order for the show. Here is what he had to say:
It’s one of the few things that’s left up to the producers. They are trying to present an Event, a show top people…they try to intersperse a slow song, with a fast song…so they watch the rehearsals…they watch all of the talent get ready for the week, then they decide what order they’ll perform in…oh, it’s not the best person goes last, or the worst person goes first…it’s different every week. For them it’s much more about crafting a really watchable show than deciding which person is good enough to go in what position.
Ramiele Malubay’s pimp spot last week sure was…uh…entertaining. JD does not believe that viewers who perform early in the show are at a disadvantage–he thinks the recap at the end of the show reminds viewers of the earlier performances. I’ve seen the stats (thank you Kirsten!). That statement doesn’t hold up. Second and third place in the line-up can be deadly–so can first. If Amanda Overmyer had performed last, or even next to last, she’d be performing this week. Yep.