Thursday, August 30, 2012

Opening Act


I know I haven't been blogging as much as I should have.. that's because I don't know what to talk about. I mean I haven't found a topic that I very much would like to discuss online and share my thoughts with the world..

NOW NOW. To help me regulate my blogging frequencies, I've decided to talk about what I love best - TV. I'm a huge TV junkie, so I'll try to share as much about what's on my hot and not list.

If you don't know by now, I've recently joined a local TV production company because I really, really want to know how it works behind the glitz, glamour and fluff. So I know a little bit more about reality TV - of course, not ALL you see is real. That's as far as I can say right now.

I've been telling people that if I can choose anyone I'd love to work for, it'd be Nigel Lythgoe. I think this man is pure genius for TV. If you don't know who he is by now, you can shoot yourself in the mouth right now. I really admire him for his obsessive urge to search for new talents (Think: American Idol, So you think you can dance) and lucky for the folks in the US, there will be a lucky bunch of you will get to see your dreams come true and potentially path your road to success in the industry.

Recently he co-produced a new music-based reality TV show - called Opening Act. It's a 1 hour show where a group of experts (some of them doubtable........... in my opinion) come together to find the next online sensation (could be singers, bands...) a shot at stardom, to be the opening act for an international superstar (Jason Mraz, LMFAO, Jason Aldean, Rod Stewart and etc). What's the catch? They have only 5 days to prepare.

At first I'm like... WHUuUuuUuuTtttt...?!??? 5 days? Is that even possible? But of course, you'll NEVER know if they really only took 5 days to prepare the singer or band. Wink wink.

So anyway, I like the format of the show - of course by episode 5 you kinda get tired of the selection process because they put together a what - 6-7 group of 'experts' round a table and go through the Yes and No pile. Like I said, some of them had rather questionable backgrounds..... as in I didn't think they are in the industry long enough to earn themselves a seat on the panel but OOOOOKAY. They've got dudes like Jason Derulo, what does he know? But hey, maybe he's just eye candy.

Once a talent gets selected, Olivia Lee, their host (Cat Deeley wannabe. What's with Nigel and his English host???!?!) of the show, would ambush them at their homes, workplace, anywhere you can think of. Usually, the venue would involve at least a TV somewhere to show a video clip of say, Jason Mraz saying "So and so, I've seen your reels online and I'd love to have you open my show in Hawaii! Please don't say no." The surprise factor is there, I like. That's pretty much my favourite part of the show, just to see their genuine shocked faces! Now, that's reality tv for ya.

In the span of 5 days, the talent will get to meet everyone in the department from vocal coaches, record producers (almost all of them get to sing a brand new song) and stylists, allowing them to experience what it's really like to be a star with a budget their everyday lives would never allow.

Almost all these talents face the same problem (I realised?): Lack of self-confidence. Imagine being told one day at your day-job that you've to open a show for Lady Gaga for instance, I'd have hyperventilate and pass out. Nick Cooper, who's the show's resident vocal coach help these talents to reach out to their inner self and 'share' their music (as he would put it) to the world. As cliche as it sounds, you have to be you, else the audience could sniff it out the moment you try to be somebody else.

Of course there were parts where I didn't like. I hated the self-take videos they make the talents take every night before they go to bed. Honestly, I don't want to know how you feel. They've already had interviews of them throughout the entire show, do I need to know more? No.

All in all, I'd still follow the series because I believe this format could work; but I believe at some point it's going to get tired because every episode ends on a good note. I would really love to see one fuck-up. :D


On a happier note, ALOT of my favourite tv shows are coming back in the fall!!!!!!! CANT. WAIT.

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