My spies tell me that Jessie, Jodie, Sam and the lord himself were spotted at one of Liza Minnelli’s gigs in London last week. Anyone who saw JB and the Lord on Jonathan Ross last night will know why. Liza coaches the girls tonight, well not literally, but the via the V.T as it has already happened.
It got me thinking really, as I am lucky enough to be reviewing one of Liza’s gigs on Monday night in Manchester. One of the reasons why I love this singer is that you feel when she is on stage that she is getting rid of some inner demons; she completely loses herself in the moment, just like her late mother, Judy Garland. Sure, she’s not as good as she used to be, but she still brings emotion to a song by the bowler hatful.
Now, I know that I’d Do Anything is ultimately a reality tv show, but sometimes the contestants are criticised for having “nothing behind the eyes”, “lack of depth”, or “not feeling the song.” But then you listen to them off stage and all you hear is “I have wanted this al my life!” Have they really? Since birth, all they have thought about is Nancy? It’s a very small part, why didn’t they aim higher?!
I digress, but the point I am making is that a true performer searches inside their soul to pull out a performance, in order to thrill an audience. Many of these wannabes state they have had a week from hell and they hope to put these bad times into their turn that week. ‘Week from hell’ translates into: “I was in the bottom two and I never wanna’ be there again!”
Hardly the same as being controlled by Bill Sykes or living your life in the media spotlight from an early age, like Ms Minnelli, is it?
Anyway, best of luck to all the girls. I just hope that Jodie takes Liza’s advice and doesn’t slip into Cabaret mode, after meeting the silver screen’s Sally Bowles!