My Reality and American Idol
I really enjoy watching singing competitions on TV –especially American Idol.
This year, Kris Allen won it, but my money was on Adam Lambert.
Actually, he and Kris sang with Queen and the buzz is that Queen made Adam an offer to be their front man now that Freddie Mercury is no longer, having died in 1991 from AIDS related complications.
According to the TV Guide Web site:
“If you thought Adam Lambert looked like a natural fit with iconic rockers Queen during American Idol's finale, you weren't the only one.
Hours after it was announced that Lambert was Season 8's runner-up last week, widespread speculation began circulating that the 26-year-old singer had been offered a job as Queen's new front man. While that's not true yet, guitarist Brian May isn't ruling out the possibility.”
Herman and I saw a clip from a talk show interviewing Adam Lambert where he “pled the fifth” when asked if he had been offered the front man position with Queen, so I expect that offer is on the table.
May certainly seemed to feed off Lambert’s energy and voice on stage in the finale.
I also watched the audition clip with Adam Lambert when he did part of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and judge Simon Cowell commented on Adam’s “theatrical” performance. This was consistent with Adam’s appearances throughout Idol. Panning through several of Queen’s live performances with Freddie Mercury, theatrical was putting it mildly. It seems to me that Lambert would be a good fit with Queen.
My acting career, such as it was, really started with music. Besides being in musicals in high school and in the chorus I spoke of last week, I actually went to college on an opera scholarship. But that’s where the music ended for me.
I was more interested in dramatic arts and decided to focus on that. At the same time, I found a wonderful voice teacher that focused on jazz and scat named Eileen Farrell at Indiana University, so I didn’t give up on music altogether.
One of the things I liked about Miss Farrell was that even though she was trained as a classical singer, she also liked singing the blues and doing jazz.
My only other brush with musical entertainment was when I auditioned to be a V-J for MTV after I waited on the talent coordinator for MTV at Columbus Restaurant in New York City.
I didn’t get that job, though I was cast in a holiday review show that was never picked up by MTV called “St. Nick’s Flicks.” But I’ll save the details of that for another column.
One thing I can relate to with American Idol contestants is the feeling of being under scrutiny by the judges, whereas with me it was the people I was auditioning for.
It’s really difficult to perform when the pressure is on like that.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com