Popstars 2, Episode 4: Waiting for the Call / I Love L.A.by Lisa Jacobs -- 07/10/2002
I’m not going to drag out the results of this episode like the show did, so here are the 26 who made it to the L.A. workshop:
In this special one-hour episode, the Popstars’ judges – Executive Vice President of 143 Records, Jaymes Foster-Levy; choreographer Tony Michaels; and record producer/songwriter Brad “RipRock” Daymond – start by making calls to all the 140 finalists of the 3-day audition for Popstars 2. The decision is tough, but as Brad says, “We’re not making Popstars, we’re finding Popstars.”
I’m the most sad that my favorite, Travis Barr-Longo, got the axe. I’m the most happy that stuck-up-her-own-butt, Alexeandra Bachelier, got the axe. It’s funny how she was one of my favorites in Popstars #1, but this year I hate her with a passion.
I’m happiest that Angela Peel and Josh Henderson made it, but there really isn’t anyone that I’m upset made it. Although the Salvucci siblings as well as friends Lian Ellis and Dorothy Szamborska are starting to get on my nerves. Go figure. Also, Katie Webber is suddenly standing out as a contender.
Next up, the first day in L.A. brings the most difficult auditions to date. Dancing, singing, vomiting … it’s all here for the 26 finalists.
First up, the calm before the storm. The finalists are treated to a luxurious cocktail party, which quickly turns into a pool/jacuzzi party. And why aren’t they going to bed early, I ask myself? Well, I bet the next day they wish they had.
Starting at 7 am, choreographer Tony Michaels teaches the group a routine to a song written by Brad Daymond, JC Chavez of N’Sync, and others. At this point I’m asking myself, why is dancing so important? The guys in Backstreet and Lance of N’Sync admit to having no rhythm. Some of the guys in O-Town aren’t that great. Why does everybody have to be Britney or J-Lo (both of which can’t sing, by the way)? Oh well, that’s just my opinion. I could be wrong.
Next, the kids learn the song lyrics and perform it in groups of two. From the snippets they shows, most everybody did well. I’m a little annoyed that I haven’t gotten to hear each of the finalists. They cut the show so some people stand out more than others, but I want to hear everybody.
Finally, the judges call the kids in one by one to let them know if they’re coming back tomorrow or if they’re going home. I’m saddest about the cutting of Tom Tusler and Jillion Schulz. She has a killer voice and needs to keep pursuing singing. Tom just has lots of potential.
The 19 kids who made it, with asterisks by those who stand out to me so far, are:
NEXT WEEK: Day 2 of the L.A. workshop!
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