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Rocketta
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:05 AM
anyone watching?

Ah why is the host australian? :confused: I'm already tired of hearing the accent. :shrug:

Sally Struthers
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:27 AM
kind of boring so far

Sally Struthers
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:28 AM
and the child band needed to cut their hair and put on some clothes. Maybe I'm just a prude :o :lol:

Rocketta
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:29 AM
Yeah, no I'm with ya at least on them putting on some clothes. :eek:

I liked the band with the cute lead singer.

Sally Struthers
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:31 AM
was there just a pair of red eyes on the screen for a split second?

Rocketta
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:41 AM
hmm, I didn't see...I'm listening more than watching. I will say those brothers were talented.

IceHock
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:44 AM
where are the girl bands??!! like i havent seen any yet except that terrible british one. the host is annoying, and i havent been overly impressed with any group so far, i wanna see a gorup like matchbox 20 or the all americna rejects and im just not getting a good vibe from any of these groups so far

IceHock
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:52 AM
that was the first band that impressed me

Rocketta
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:52 AM
Most of them can really play but a lot of them can't sing that well like the lead singer of Dot Dot Dot.

IceHock
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:54 AM
oh i like this band too, i like the lead singers voice alot

Rocketta
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:55 AM
what is the name of the band, Northfront?? anyway the lead singer has some serious pretty eyes. :)

IceHock
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:56 AM
he reminds me of the matchbox 20 lead singers voice

Sally Struthers
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:57 AM
that Dot Dot Dot lead singer was soooo over the top

Rocketta
Oct 20th, 2007, 12:59 AM
that Dot Dot Dot lead singer was soooo over the top

trying to overcompensate for the weak voice.

Sally Struthers
Oct 20th, 2007, 01:06 AM
Fifi :spit:

Rocketta
Oct 20th, 2007, 01:11 AM
:lol:

I could see why Fifi was out there he was the star and the song was about him whatever possessed those other guys to go along with it? :spit:

Sally Struthers
Oct 20th, 2007, 01:17 AM
The big band group can do weddings but can they sell cds?

Sally Struthers
Oct 20th, 2007, 01:18 AM
:spit: go back to the star trek convention

Rocketta
Oct 20th, 2007, 01:36 AM
ok, I thought the black guys could play but were they switching up styles in the middle of the song? :scratch:

Rocketta
Oct 20th, 2007, 01:45 AM
is it wrong, but I hate all girl bands. :sad:

Rocketta
Oct 20th, 2007, 01:56 AM
The lead singer of Northmount is sex personified. :drool:

Sally Struthers
Oct 20th, 2007, 01:57 AM
I think that NOrthmont band sounds better than the judges are hearing.

IceHock
Oct 20th, 2007, 02:00 AM
so do i, i liked northmont

Rocketta
Oct 20th, 2007, 02:02 AM
I think that NOrthmont band sounds better than the judges are hearing.

Yeah I just think they really didn't like the musicianship of the band and the lead singer was definitely larger than life compared to the rest of the band.

Rocketta
Oct 23rd, 2007, 07:00 PM
"Next Great American Band" surpasses "Idol"







By Barry Garron
Tue Oct 23, 4:07 AM ET


Strictly from a mechanical point of view, there is about as much creativity in producing "The Next Great American Band" as there is in making an ice cube. Practically every detail of the series, which premiered Friday, came straight from the "American Idol" playbook, even down to the demeanor of the host and each of the three judges.


But what this show lacks in imagination it makes up for in casting. While "Band" mimics "Idol," it also surpasses it in virtually every respect. It has better judges, a better host, sharper storytelling and editing that is at least as smart.



As the title implies, the series aims to find the next bankable band through a process of weekly auditions and viewer voting. The premiere showed three days of tryouts that ended in the selection of a dozen finalists.


Judging took place before a makeshift stage on the shore of Lake Las Vegas with daytime temperatures reaching 110 degrees. Why fry contestants in the desert sun? Apparently, in exchange for promotional consideration by a resort casino. Thank heavens there wasn't a better offer from the Antarctic Marriott.


The show has a mean judge, a nurturing judge and an in-between judge. The mean judge, Ian "Dicko" Dickson, plays a similar role on the Australian version of "Idol." He told one group it was "as classy as a rat with a gold tooth." He called another band "middle-aged, loser time-wasters playing dress-up." At least you can see how he acquired his nickname.


The nurturing judge is drummer and band leader Sheila E., who has a natural empathy with fellow musicians. The judge in the temperamental middle is John Rzeznik (the first "z" is silent), guitarist and lead singer for Goo Goo Dolls.


Although Dickson is as direct and impatient as "Idol's" Simon Cowell, he is wittier and warmer. Sheila E. has a solid grasp of music talent as well as insight into a band's strong and weak points, as opposed to being the self-parody Paula Abdul has become. Rzeznik is more thoughtful than Randy Jackson, and nearly as gregarious.


Even host Dominic Bowden, who has similar duties on New Zealand's "Idol," is fresher and more at ease than his "American Idol" counterpart, Ryan Seacrest.


Casting had a good mix of legitimate contenders and bands selected for comic relief or human-interest stories. While the music industry is heavily niche-oriented, the judges wisely gave priority to bands with broad demographic appeal. Although the winner gets a contract with 19 Recordings, "Band" is a TV show first and a record label talent-hunt second.


The 12 finalists, an eclectic mix of big band, country, pop and soul groups, will perform again October 26, with eliminations beginning November 2.


Judges: Ian "Dicko" Dickson, Sheila E., John Rzeznik.
Host: Dominic Bowden.


Executive producers: Nigel Lythgoe, Ken Warwick, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Simon Fuller; Co-executive producer: Charles Boyd; Supervising producer: Ross Breitenbach; Senior producers: Michele Barnwell, Thom Oliphant; Producer: Mike Yurchuk; Director: John Pritchett; Creator: Simon Fuller; Production designer: Florian Wieder; Art director: James Yarnell.
Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Sally Struthers
Oct 27th, 2007, 12:30 AM
after watching the the first part of the 2nd week I've come to the conclusion that this show is almost unwatchable

Scotso
Oct 27th, 2007, 12:49 AM
I think the host is hot, even if it is a little odd that all these American shows are getting foreign hosts. I think the "mean" judge is just annoying. The premise is getting old.

The Clark brothers are from my town, I grew up with them and remember playing video games with one of them. It's cool that they've had some success. There are a lot of those kids, 11 or so. One of them is in Carrie Underwood's band.

Rocketta
Oct 27th, 2007, 06:03 PM
I didn't get to watch this week as I went out of town. :( I'll have to watch it later.