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'American Idol' MySpace auditions: Brace for 'Achy Breaky Heart,' 'Mickey,' 'Copacabana,' and 'Your Body's Callin'

Idol-MySpace-AuditionsImage Credit: Ebet Roberts/Redferns/Getty Images; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesAmerican Idol has entered the MySpace era (aka 2006), and is tapping into the powerful musical legacies of Toni Basil, Billy Ray Cyrus, and the Crash Test Dummies. Nope, I’m not pulling your leg. For the first time in its ten-season history, Fox’s behemoth of a singing competition is giving contestants the chance to audition online at myspace.com/americanidol from now through Oct. 6. Hopefuls between the ages of 15 and 28 (as of July 15, 2010) can submit 40-second videos in which they belt out one of 90 pre-approved tracks (listed below). Idol producers will then invite a select number of online auditioners to the next round of callbacks in Los Angeles. (For the record, the callback round is the first portion of the Idol process that takes place in front of celebrity judges; the open-call auditions that have been taking place at stadium-sized venues across the country for the last month occur in front of producers, who narrow down tens of thousands of contestants to more manageable numbers.)

Theoretically, I love this idea as much as the bag of Cheetos I shamefully scarfed down about an hour ago.  I mean, should a future Fantasia or Daughtry see a dream get crushed just because he or she can’t afford transportation to the nearest audition city, or can’t score a day off from the old nine-to-five? Heck, no! The only thing that makes me skittish is the pre-approved song list: For the love of Spyro Gyra, when are the show’s producers going to hire a list of “song-clearance professionals” whose tastes aren’t confined by the bookends of Golden Oldies and Tragique Novelty Hits? READ FULL STORY

Larry King and Ryan Seacrest duet on 'Poker Face.' Yep, this happened.

I’ll admit it: After approximately 54,684 listens, I was beginning to grow weary of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” But that was before I heard Larry King and Ryan Seacrest’s rendition of the song on the American Idol host’s radio show Thursday. (How’s that for a dream duet?)

Obviously, I’m awarding Ryan a Simon Cowell-branded “dreadful” for his screechy performance of Gaga’s hit. But I’m going to surprise everyone by inviting Larry to join Randy Jackson’s dawg pound. Because the CNN host definitely did his thang. Even if that “thang” is singing like he was eating a mashed-up bowl of peas. Happy Friday, everyone!


'Clear Blue Tuesday': It's 9/11...The Rock Musical!

Oh boy. Well, I should start by saying that I’m a fan of neither musical theater nor 9/11-themed movies. And since Clear Blue Tuesday seems to combine both things into one heartfelt package, I’m clearly not the target audience for this low-budget indie musical that tracks 11 New Yorkers over the course of seven years. It starts on Sept. 11, 2001. Hence the title. Its stars a handful of not-so-famous singer-songwriter-actors, plus James Naughton as “Executive.”

Some people might question Tuesday‘s motives: Is it capitalizing on a tragedy? That’s the question that frequently pops up with fictional projects inspired by 9/11. But it’s not a concern for me. I’m more put off by what looks, frankly, like unadulterated schmaltz and correspondingly bad music. Of course, I’m basing this solely on the less-than-two-minute trailer (embedded below) because I haven’t seen the movie. READ FULL STORY

'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Danielle Staub's repertoire now includes dance numbers

So what if Danielle Staub was really fired from The Real Housewives of New Jersey? That’s not going to stop the world from hearing the song that’s in her heart. Who cares about a reality show when you’ve got a dance remix? You may have thought things were getting weird when we watched Danielle perform her debut single “Real Close” with “lesbian superstar Lori Michaels” on Watch What Happens: Live, but that was before the hair pull, the lawsuit, Kim G., “square tit,” “proverbial,” “woman,” and “clown.” After being called garbage (again) on last night’s finale, today, Danielle just wants to dance. Lucky for us, the Morning Show Gods gave her some airtime.  Watch Danielle, Lori, and dancers perform “Real Close (Dance Remix)” below: READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Would you be caught dead singing Marc Anthony's 'I Need to Know' in 2010?

In an effort to post as many items related to the year 1999 as possible, I’ve decided today’s Lunchtime Poll should be about Marc Anthony.

Mandi came by as I was writing last night’s news brief that Anthony will guest-star as a love interest for Jada Pinkett Smith on TNT’s HawthoRNe, and we both immediately — without even agreeing to do this — launched into a snap ‘n’ sway singalong of Anthony’s 1999 single “I Need to Know.” We sang the first half of the chorus just fine, but after “Tell me baby girl, cause I need to know/I need to know…I need to know,” our once-hearty vocals softened to a gibberish mumbling, sort of an open-mouthed hum. We thought there were other lyrics to the chorus that we had forgotten. But no! The second half of the chorus for “I Need to Know” is exactly the same as the first half. We’re such idiots! That’s the last time we’ll overestimate Marc Anthony’s lyricism, promise. We’ve made a huge mistake. Still, any impromptu dance party is VERY worthwhile.

Now there’s something I need to know. Tell me, PopWatch-reading guuuurrrrl, ’cause I need to know. I need to know. I need to know. God, it just never ends.


Jennifer Aniston is Barbra Streisand now

JENNIFER-ANISTON-BARBRA-STREISAND-COVERImage Credit: Mark Seliger for Harper's Bazaar; Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters CollectionJennifer Aniston, who co-stars in this month’s The Switch with Jason Bateman and Patrick Wilson, mimicked iconic images of her idol Barbra Streisand for this photo shoot for next month’s Harper’s Bazaar. The inspiration to pay homage to Streisand, whose songs Aniston sings in the shower, came from her longtime “hairstylist and friend.” (Is anyone’s hairstylist not her friend? That would be so sad.)

Jen and Babs have in common because they both love directing and interior decorating. “Also, we are people who have been put in the spotlight, for better or for worse, and you just keep riding, and you keep overcoming, and you just stay true to what you love to do,” said Aniston. SACRILEGE ALERT: Aniston would like to outfit Barbra Streisand in “jeans and a great wedge.”

Is Jen a better Babs than Lindsay was a Marilyn? And is anyone else getting more of a Julie Cooper/Jane in Mad Men vibe than either Barbra Streisand or Jennifer Aniston in the cover shot? There are so many first names in this paragraph I may pass out. Allow me to fan myself with my fingernails.

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

'Kate Plus Eight' sneak peek: Did Kate always yell this much?

TLC has released a promo for Sunday night’s all-new Kate Plus Eight special. Watch it below to hear Kate scream when she gets the kids chickens (yes, chickens) and attempts some home improvement that it looks like she hired men to do for her (but that wasn’t good enough TV). For the record: I have never felt closer to her than when she made that Little House on the Prairie reference. READ FULL STORY

How Julianne Moore got her '30 Rock' Boston accent

Turns out it wasn’t that fake! “I worked in a bar called the Up and Up Lounge in Kenmore Square on top of a Howard Johnson’s and that’s how I learned to talk like that. Everyone was from Dorchester or Somerville,” Julianne Moore a.k.a. 30 Rock‘s Nancy Donovan told Jon Stewart. Ha! I love it. This is even better than if Julianne Moore had worked at the Ground Round in Cleveland Circle!

Moore was on last night’s Daily Show to promote her new movie about stylish lesbian parents, The Kids Are All Right. (EW gives it an A.) As a side note, I can’t stop staring at her purple people-eater arms and reminiscing about when mean old Marilla finally let Anne of Green Gables wear a dress with puffed sleeves. This one is way better than that one. (Blasphemy?!) The video’s after the jump, so go pahhhk yoh cahhhh ovah thayuh. READ FULL STORY

Kate Gosselin and kids plan holiday CD? We've written their debut single!

kate-plus-8Image Credit: TLCFile under “Greetings from the Impending Apocalypse!”: AOL’s PopEater blog is reporting that Kate Gosselin, master babymaker and star of several TLC programs, is hoping to record and release a holiday album with her eight children. Gosselin’s rep declined to comment on the story, but nothing short of a “Hell naw, that isn’t happening!” is going to stop me from rocketing down a slide of shame and into a stinking cauldron of “what ifs?” and “whys?” As such, I have gone as far as writing a potential first single for the Gosselin Child Army Chorus, set to the tune of “Winter Wonderland.” Join me in a sing-along, the better to drown out the unholy howling emanating from your soul area.

Gosselins sing, are you list’ning?
Feel your gut, start a’twisting
A soul-crushing sight, kid labor ain’t right
When your mom’s a famewhore firebrand

Who knew Kate, was a songbird?
How ’bout Jon? That’s just absurd
With his giant back tatt, his Ed Hardy hat READ FULL STORY

Why the world needs Mary Murphy, Paula Abdul, and David Hasselhoff

crazy-judges-abdul-davidImage Credit: Kelsey McNeal/Fox; Ray Mickshaw/WireImage.com; NBCAt about 2 a.m. on Tuesday night, while I was writing my So You Think You Can Dance recap, it hit me: I really, really miss Mary Murphy. This is not a conclusion I ever expected myself to come to — I mean, I am the intrepid journalist who physically held a decibel meter up to Ms. Murphy’s mouth two years ago to measure just how loud her trademark scream really was, and my eardrums are still bleeding ringing. And yet this season I’ve found Mary’s replacement on the SYTYCD judging panel — Mia Michaels, the Emmy-winning choreographer with a history of terrifically cutting commentary as a guest judge on past seasons — to be a shocking bore. She’s polite and constructive and articulate. She thinks about what she’s going to say before she says it. And she’s never, not once, done this.

It turns out you actually do need a double-dip banana boat of crazy on the judging panel to make a successful reality competition show, and SYTYCD is but one example. READ FULL STORY

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