'If I Can Dream': Miley Cyrus' ex and some other Hollywood hopefuls hit the web 24/7

If you like those backstory packages on American Idol, you’ll love the first episode of Idol producer Simon Fuller’s new web series, If I Can Dream, debuting today on Hulu. In it, we meet five young 20-somethings who’ll be living in a house together in Los Angeles and being taped for a half-hour weekly online reality show (and web-cammed 24/7 with live streaming at ificandream.com) while they chase their starry-eyed dreams of acting, modeling, and singing in Hollywood.

The premiere acquaints us with our cast, four of whom have, throughout their suburban upbringings, faced various minor obstacles (single moms, immigrant Brazilian moms, rather small apartments in hipster areas of Brooklyn) on their way to becoming crazy-hot young adults who aspire to fame. The fifth cast member is Miley Cyrus’ ex, singer/songwriter Justin Gaston, which seems partly like a cheat — really, he’ll need help getting people to notice him? — and partly a very shrewd move, since he’s the only logical reason the cast finds themselves already paparazzi-stalked in the premiere. (Though props to the show, and to him, for at least admitting that up front and making his story about him overcoming his tabloid ties to be taken seriously. I was worried we’d have to spend this whole thing pretending we didn’t know who he was, but now we can spend it trying to figure out which of his songs he’s written about Hannah Montana instead.)

At any rate, things are off to a poky start as they all meet in New York for a publicity tour, on which we are forced to go with them. (What’s more boring than watching people answer PR questions on a radio show? Watching them answer PR questions on a radio show about a project we haven’t really seen yet.) And it looks like next week’s ep will require us to plod along on a foreign publicity tour before this series gets to the good stuff, watching pretty young things struggle with the very real challenges of making it in an industry designed to stop them from doing so. Here’s to hoping they get to that part sooner rather than later — and to hoping producers don’t give them too much “help” in making their dreams come true. This could be interesting if it sticks to the really, really real.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Will you watch Justin and company follow their dreams online?

Comments (11 total) Add your comment
  • jan

    I’m actually kinda looking forward to this. :)
    I would rather see reality shows on cable or the internet, than taking up space on network tv.

  • cordy

    i liked this show the first time it was on; when it was called “x-factor”, was on bravo, and followed jeremy renner…

  • Dana

    I will watch, especially because Justin is on. I want to see him make it in music. I watched him on Nashville Star & loved him then too.

  • Sally in Chicago

    Gigi is darn skinny.

  • jadedchik@juno.com

    soooo boring! how many people in LA are not inspiring to be famouse… waist of hula commercials

  • Jon

    VOTE FOR JON! IF I CAN DREAM AUDITION AT http:​/​/​www.​myspace.​com/​ificandream?​link=​109799666

  • Matty

    Justin is cool and obviously already dialed in. The rest of the cast are cool about his status. Let the games begin.

  • randi

    Gig talks all this junk about everyone in te house when she is the most immature, selfish person in the house. She has no respect for anyone and thinks she is the cats pajamas. News for for you Gig, you are not all that and bag of chips. Your a selfish little brat who can’t even scream when doing a shoot! and you say you don’t know why or want to be hated and who cares cause i’m a bitch and it’s easy to hate the gorgeous girl, well in reality people don’t like you cause you act like a spoiled brat and have no clue what the golden rule is. You’re cool with your crap all over the house and loud music and doing what you please but it’s not ok for anyone else to do the same. Grow up! there plenty of beautiful people in the world who don’t act like you!

  • alana

    I agree with Randi. Gig is one of the most self centered people I’ve ever seen. She doesn’t care about anything except herself and what she can do to further herself. I couldn’t believe she just threw Kara’s painting over the balcony like it was nothing. I wonder how she’d feel if someone chunked something of hers out. I’m so not interested in listening to her drone on….

    • BB

      Totally agree.

  • BB

    WOW! Gig really sucks. I use to kind of like her but now….boy has she got an ego on her. She needs to be put in her face. There’s plenty of pretty faces out there but having the inner beauty to match that is what makes you a real beauty.

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