Yesterday was Townes Van Zandt's birthday.
Quite a contrast between the guys’ American Idol performances on Tuesday and the girls’ singing on Wednesday. While the guys are all about quirky and different, the girls were a cookie-cutter bunch that played it safe.
We still need to stop the Jennifer Lopez lovefest she has with ALL the contestants. C’mon, J-Lo, everyone can’t be the best you’ve ever heard.
American Idol was apparently going for the peculiar when the judges decided on the top 12 guys, who debuted their collective talents on Tuesday.
While there wasn’t a Charlie Sheen-esque train wreck in the bunch, there were some low moments that started not only with the first contestant but with the judges’ comments. C’mon J-Lo, give the singers something constructive to work on – please don’t tell me we have a Paula sound-alike up there, even if she is sober. Steven Tyler was almost as luke warm, which is not something ever said before about the Aerosmith lead singer. It’s bad when Randy Jackson is the voice of reason amongst the judges.
Pop music producers Max Martin and Dr. Luke were inspiring with the musical innovation for Britney Spears' record-breaking single "Hold it Against Me." The track musically pits Britney's bubblegum pop past against the straight up electropop that she debuted in her (highly underrated) 2007 "Blackout" album. Jonas Ackerlund's "Hold it Against Me" video, which premiered Feb. 17 (above), expands on that dichotomy by using images from Britney's past and points to her future.
Broadway diva and Fort Worth native Betty Buckley's signed on for a run of "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Dallas Theater Center. Buckley is most famous for creating the role of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats." She stopped the show every night with her version of "Memory." She also played the loving stepmother, Abby, in the TV series, "Eight is Enough," from 1977-1981.