THE ROAD TO STARDOM
WE were just heading into Hollywood week when this review went to press, so I’m hoping my early favourite hasn’t fallen by the wayside in between. If you’ve been watching the auditions, you will most likely remember the audition by Meg Donnelly, aka Taylor Otto of AmericanHousewife sitcom fame. While she may arrive with a scripted back story – it was the dream of her character on the show to be a singer – Donnelly backed that up with a beautiful rendition of the Miley Cyrus anthem, TheClimb. She had the judges in the palm of her hand, with judge Katy Perry (pictured) seeing similarities in her own story, telling Donnelly: “I had the same dream at 17 and all you need is someone to believe in you … I believe in you.” Her clear pitch and sweet personality reminds me a lot of former Idol winner, now country crossover megastar, Carrie Underwood (the nods from Luke Bryant confirmed he was picking up the same vibes). Just how far she can go is up to the voting public. This week it’s the top 20 solos, before the competition kicks up a gear with All-Star duets. And this ’80s child is just a little bit excited that line-up includes LoveIsABattlefield legend Pat Benatar, WickedGames singer Chris Isaak and Mr Boombastic, say he’s fantastic, himself, Shaggy.