Last week’s first two American Idol audition shows brought viewers exactly what we’ve come to expect. Rediculous wannabes and some pretty surprising talent. Tonight, we venture to Chicago where preliminary auditions were held on June 22. Of course what viewers actually see are the call-backs, which were held on August 30 & 31 when guest judge, Shania Twain joined Idol’s remaining three judges, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi in The Windy City.
While we will have to wait and see what the producers and editors of Idol have in store for us tonight, if this week’s promos are any indication, we’re in for at least one act to rival last week’s delightful rendition of Pants on the Ground by 62-year old General Larry Platt.
If you’ve seen the promos, you know I’m referring to Scooter Rocket. A 28-year old who hails from Boston—wonder why he didn’t audition in him home state on last week’s episode?–who wears some sort of robot-looking chest plate and zooms around on roller skates. Hey, if he makes it to Hollywood week, maybe he can hook up with Guitar Girl for a modern remake of I’ve Got A Brand New Pair of Roller Skates.
More about tonight’s guest judge, Shania Twain
The Canadian-born singer first gained moderate notoriety back in the early 90s with her self-titled country album. Her second album, The Woman In Me produced her first Top Ten hit, Any Man of Mine and garnered her a Grammy for Best Country Album. It was her third album, Come On Over that caused an international sensation. Thanks in part to pop remixes of That Don’t Impress Me Much and Man! I Feel Like A Woman, Shania secured a place in music history by becoming one of country music’s biggest-selling female artists of all time.
Her 2002 release, Up!, a double album was crossover marketing at its best, with two different versions: 1) a US version that contained a pop-centric disc, and a country disc, and 2) an international version that contained the pop disc and a world-music disc.
Twain’s 2004 Greatest Hits CD contained three new tracks, the first of which, Party for Two, a duet with Billy Currington became a top ten hit on the country charts while a pop version of the same song that substituted Currington‘s vocals for those of Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath–and upping the tempo a bit to a more pop friendly sound–became a top ten hit in the UK and Germany.
Save an occasional appearance since, Twain has become relatively private, in part due to a split from her husband and one-time producer, Mutt Lange. Her Idol gig, taped back in August, and her recent participation earlier this month in the 2010 Winter Olympics torch relay through her hometown in Canada hopefully signify she is ready to re-emerge into the spotlight and that oft-rumored new project may be on its way.
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