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#1 Posted on 17.5.04 2313.48
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Did anybody catch this tonight? The setup of the show is exactly like American Idol. They have three judges. Tone Loc is the only one I know by name, but they also have a woman and a really mean Simon-esque guy. They even have Brian McFayden (sp?) playing Ryan Seacrest. The selling point? The show is one big hoax. The judges get rid of the good singers and talk up the bad ones. The worst singer will be named the winner, and he/she is given $100,000 and a recording contract. I imagine William Hung did more than just a little in inspiring this.

I caught some of the show after it started, and I just couldn't quit watching. I imagine that it's basically going to be a season full of bad American Idol auditions. The kicker for me is the comments from the Simon wannabe to the good singers.

"Knock, knock."
(gleefully) "Who's there?"
"You suck."

I really don't know what kind of sick minds could come up with a premise like this, but I'm glad they did! Comedic gold.

My favorite part of tonight's episode was the bad singer that thought he had superpowers. As in, he thought he could read people's minds. The entire time he sang, he had the freakiest bug-eyed look.

Oh, WB.

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#2 Posted on 18.5.04 0656.27
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I saw this last night and I first didn't know what it was. Given how much of a waste American Idol is, it was only a matter of time before somebody lampooned it. This is quite promising....as long as it doesn't launch any William Hungs.
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#3 Posted on 18.5.04 0902.59
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I didn't realize it had already started. It looked kind of entertaining, but the spoof show I'm waiting for is Joe Schmo 2 in a few weeks. Can't wait to see how the new "Last Chance at Love" cover is going to work out.
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#4 Posted on 18.5.04 0930.42
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    Originally posted by Grimis
    I saw this last night and I first didn't know what it was. Given how much of a waste American Idol is, it was only a matter of time before somebody lampooned it. This is quite promising....as long as it doesn't launch any William Hungs.


Doesn't the fact that William Hung is out there kind of put a damper on this whole show? I mean HE's the guy who would win on Superstar USA, but he ALREADY got famous (and gigs, ugh) from his horrible "Idol" audition. What's the point of having a show where you're giving bad singer false encouragement to make them a "pop star" when we've already seen how that turns out?
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#5 Posted on 18.5.04 0934.39
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    Originally posted by HairRaiser
    but the spoof show I'm waiting for is Joe Schmo 2 in a few weeks.
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#6 Posted on 18.5.04 0951.43
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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    Doesn't the fact that William Hung is out there kind of put a damper on this whole show? I mean HE's the guy who would win on Superstar USA, but he ALREADY got famous (and gigs, ugh) from his horrible "Idol" audition. What's the point of having a show where you're giving bad singer false encouragement to make them a "pop star" when we've already seen how that turns out?


Well, for me it's more about the journey than the destination. I'm intrigued. Who the hell are these people that think they have talent? How can they possibly keep up the hoax? What happens when they hear each other?

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#7 Posted on 18.5.04 1038.55
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    Originally posted by StingArmy
    What happens when they hear each other?

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They are already delusional enough that they will obviously be thrilled with their chances of winning.
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#8 Posted on 18.5.04 1151.47
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William Hung now has a "She Bangs" video that plays on all the monitors at my local Wal-Mart Super Center. I think his version is now more famous than Ricky Martin's.
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#9 Posted on 19.5.04 1049.01
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I know reality shows aren't usually the bastions of good taste, but this is so bad, I'm sure Fox is pissed they didn't think of it first (From the New York Post (nypost.com):

May 11, 2004 -- Reality TV has been known to pull the wool over people's eyes, but this time, it may have gone too far.

At a taping for the upcoming "bad talent" series, "Superstar USA" producers lied and told audience members that the talentless contestants were actually terminally ill patients from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The producers were worried that if they didn't lie, the audience would laugh or boo the contestants and give away the entire premise of the show, which is to fool really bad singers into thinking they're good.

The show, which debuts Monday on the WB network, is a spoof of "American Idol" reject William Hung and the rest of the tryouts who don't seem to realize just how bad they are.

The idea of the show is to reward only the worst singers in the competition and move them on to the next round. The joke, of course, is on the deluded singers - with the very worst of them being crowned the "winner" at the end of the four-week series.

Officials for "Superstar USA" and the WB issued apologies over the weekend about the Make-a-Wish Foundation comment after an article appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

"One of the producers ad-libbed something to the audience - who had been paid to be there - that may have offended someone in the audience, and for that we sincerely apologize," the production company said in a statement. "The remark is not in the show and was never intended to be in the show."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which aims to grant last wishes to dying people, told the newspaper: "Obviously, we would not want our name used in any manner that would be misleading or deceiving to anyone."

But not everyone in the "Superstar" audience took the bait. One member who requested anonymity told the paper that the singers were so bad, he knew the show had to be a put-on.

"I said to myself, 'There should be some cancer patients who could actually hold a note,' " he said.
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