Back in June, I was talking to a friend of mine who live in Dallas. She's the sort who uploads YouTube videos of herself singing. I told her American Idol
will be holding auditions where she is, and encouraged her to join, since she's long wished to be part of the show. Unfortunately, she didn't join--she joined the Navy instead. I guess that means I won't be watching the show tonight, anticipating someone I know to pop up.
Texas has been home to a lot of talent, and I'm not just thinking of country icons and all those indie bands in Austin. Idol
has held auditions here twice before, and its biggest discoveries are not like each other. Season 7's Jason Castro has gone the folky route. And, of course, we all know what happened to the show's very first winner, Kelly Clarkson. Of course, you can expect the show to drop Kelly's name and ask whether we'll see another one of her sort in Dallas this year. Don't act so surprised when that happens, please. Thank you.
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Helping along with judging duties tonight is another doubleheader, and admittedly an unlikely one. There's the guy tweens all love, Joe Jonas, and there's the guy the rest of us all love (or at least most of us), Neil Patrick Harris.
Joe is, of course, one of the Jonas Brothers, that threesome responsible for making your young daughters scream with delight, or at least their delight. While some may scoff, thinking the band's manufactured Disney pap, you can't deny that they're doing something right. After a particularly testy time with their 2005 debut It's About Time
, their eponymous sophomore release in 2007 made them a ubiquitous presence on the air waves and (obviously) Disney Channel shows. They have since released two more albums--2008's A Little Bit Longer
and 2009's Lines, Vines and Trying Times
--and have taken the distinction of being the youngest band to make Rolling Stone
By the way, if you're confused, Joe isn't the married Jonas. He's the guy with relatively straight hair. And he's the guy who broke up with Taylor Swift in a 27-second phone call.
Our other guest judge tonight, Neil Patrick Harris, also sings, although you probably wouldn't think of it. Well, he did sing on last year's Tonys and Emmys, and he was Dr. Horrible in Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
, but he also performed in several Broadway musicals, notably the controversial musical Assassins
and his widely-acclaimed role in Cabaret
But, of course, we all know him in his current role on the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother
, turning Barney Stinson into pretty much a cult figure, with two books and three Emmy nominations to his name. Of course, he was also Doogie Howser (and that won him awards, lots of it) and that dude from Stark Raving Mad
. Now, for the question of whether he (and us too) can find Kelly Clarkson types here...
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