THE ROAD TO STAR­DOM

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

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.

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