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May 06, 2009

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Lilo

Very cool! I'm really hating American Idol this year. (And I can explain most of it in four letters: K-A-R-A.) But Adam Lambert's really good. He's totally got that glam-rock vibe, and a great voice to boot!

maree

That was perfect. Just perfect.

Jude

Lord in heaven, those 2 are perfect together! They really compliment each other's voices.

And Adam doing Zepp, honey that was just MINT!

The Fat Lady Sings

There is so much more available to aspiring entertainers these days. I started in the business as a child (I was 11) - and even then it was easy to spot the users. Any time I was offered help or promotion - the person doing the offering wanted too much in exchange. Back then (the 1970’s) that meant sex. I was really hard-ass when it came to that. No. No other answer - just NO. It’s funny, in a way. I made so many bad choices when it came to the men in my life – but no matter what – I refused to sell myself for an audition, or a promised meeting with some big-time producer. Some of my contemporaries said yes – and they got work. A couple cracked that top tier too – but what they sacrificed! On guy I used to work with said yes to gay sex – even though he was straight. The person he hooked up with really did him some good (as did the next, and the next). You could say he slept his way to the top. But I always said no – no mater the enticement. At 17, Playboy scouted me for a centerfold. A photographer spotted me in a show and set up a formal meet. When he found out my age - I was told to call back on my 18th birthday. The photo shoot was to be done at the mansion itself – with Heff making the final decision. The photographer gave me his card – which I promptly lost. Playboy wasn’t considered mainstream as it is today. Girls that appeared were labeled. I wanted to make it by virtue of my talent – not my tits.

Today – most of that kind of pressure is gone. Oh – you have to fit into specific, pre-determined molds (especially the girls) – but the trading work for sex shit just doesn’t happen that often. Then there’s the reality show proving ground. No talent required – just be able to communicate what the sponsor is looking for. The hard part comes when you’re not willing to compromise. That’s why I think Adam went undiscovered all these years. He wouldn’t compromise his vision of who he was and what he wanted to be. He refused to be put in a box. It’s actually a miracle Idol was there at the right time for him. He’s a vocal Meryl Streep – and that kind of performer is apt to go unnoticed the way the business operates now. I will say one thing about my own decisions. Had I turned 18 ten years later (in the 80’s say) – I might have said yes – as long as photos were all that was involved. Playboy is viewed so differently now. Women who appear aren’t looked down upon; they’re not labeled. And it might have made a difference. But you never know. Things were very different back then. I must say – I’m glad for little Allison Iraheta that she’s coming of age now. The business is safer – especially if she remains grounded within her family. And I wish her and Adam all the luck in the world.

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