This is our continuation of our preview of possible Season 9 contestants. Remember, that the Hollywood round doesn’t occur until January 9th this year. We don’t know how far any of these contestants might go. And since we never see some of the competition round contestants until the competition starts, we might never see some of these people. We might have even found the wrong person with the same name.
Number 16:Todrick Hall
Home State: Texas
Pictures/Myspace/Links after the jump
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The Magical Land of Oz (youtube)
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye (youtube)
Dancing In Somebody Elses’s Music Video (youtube)
Colour Purple (Broadway), High School Musical 2, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Various Cruise Lines, Beauty and the Beast at Disneyworld, Various Theme Parks.
Wrote, Choreographed and Directed “Oz The Musical” at the age of 17 which included members of Danity Kane and American Idols.
Well, this dude is certainly experienced. And talented. And a go-getter. He’s also not bad at singing R&B and singing is nominally what this show is about.
I don’t mind a contestant with experience. The music business is difficult to break into even for those with a lot of talent. But there are two things wrong with it. One, some people will think that you are either cheating by having too much experience or that you must suck not to have made it despite all that experience (I can already hear the complaints about this dude knowing Oprah….and there is even a photo of him with Clive floating around somewhere). I think as the seasons tick by, that is less of a factor. Two, sometimes experience leads to bad habits. People with experience in theatre will sometimes sing to the back of the room. When they put the camera two inches in front of their face, it feels like somebody is crawling into your livingroom and making odd faces at you. People with a lot of experience at theme parks and cruise ships seem to come dipped in that kind of cheese you squirt out of a can.
From the youtubes I watched, this guy seems that he’s avoiding both of those pratfalls for now. I think he would be an interesting addition to the cast. We haven’t really had a male R&B star for years (no, in my book, neither Danny Gokey nor Michael Sarver count. Matt was Pop/Rock). The guy can sing. He’s got experience with covers. He wrote a musical so hopefully that means he can re-arrange a song or two. And he can dance! The group numbers will never be the same. Again, he might not make it if this is deemed a girl’s year, because I see he is talented and there will likely be “thudding”.
What do you think?
Name leaked by IDF/VFTW