Los Angeles auditioner, Stacey Francis, for instance, the battered single mom who didn’t want to die with the music still inside her has actually played Rusty in Footloose on Broadway. Footloose ran from October 22, 1998through to July 2, 2000 (709 performances). Here’s a Broadway World article revealing Stacey’s White Way past, and a photo of her on stage.
Last night, we saw Caitlin Koch do an impressive Idolesque revamp of “Stop In the Name of Love”. Here she is as an American Idol Season 10 hopeful begging for a chance after butchering a group song (:47) in Hollywood. In all fairness, she actually is a decent singer.
Editing would leave one to believe that Seattle auditioner, Leo Godley, exposed himself to an audience full of people. After all, LA Reid called the display “disgusting” and Paula Abdul claimed to have been so offended she threw up. Common sense, however, tells us that if Leo had exposed himself in the theater, he would have likely been thrown out immediately, and maybe even arrested for indecent exposure. And of course, Leo was actually wearing a tiger stripped thong underneath his pants.
The newly clean and sober Seattle auditioner, Chris Rene has a very musical background. Chris’ sister, Gina Rene is an accomplished soul/hip-hop singer from San Francisco. She contributed to the soundtrack of the Hollywood film Mean Girls and has recorded as a solo artist. She also is a vocalist in the electronica soul band Soulstice, started by a third Rene brother, Gabriel. Their father, the late Googie Rene, was “a soul/jazz singer and songwriter who led the Googie Rene Combo (“Wham Bam”) in the 1950s and ’60s and recorded on the Class label, which was established by Googie’s father – and the Rene siblings’ grandfather – Leon Rene. Leon was a prolific songwriter of the 1950s, who wrote, among other things, “Rockin’ Robin” and “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.””
And for some comic relief: Conan O’Brien helpfully points out the ways in which X Factor is different than Idol.
The X Factor is Dawg Free!