JENNIFER LOPEZ THRILLED TO HAVE ADAM LAMBERT
THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G. H. HARDING
ONE MORE AUDITION FOR LAMBERT --- American Idol’s Adam Lambert can still audition for the show like nobody's business!
Tomorrow, Thursday, marks the season eight winner's debut as a guest judge (filling in for judge Keith Urban).
In the show, Jennifer Lopez gushes about how thrilled she is to have Adam back on board - no disrespect to Keith, obviously. And during the auditions process, Jennifer and Harry Connick Jr. challenge Adam to audition once more.
Lambert’s choice? Queen’s signature "Bohemian Rhapsody," which he sang in his 2009 audition (along with "Rock With You"), and the results prove the 32-year-old has still got it. An amazing performance … once again!
American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday on Fox.
COOPER SET FOR PEAKS --- If you're looking for damn fine coffee, David Lynch and Mark Frost, the producers and creators of the upcoming Twin Peaks reboot have just what fans have been waiting for.
Fans of the cult 1990 ABC series can breathe a bit easier knowing that Kyle MacLachlan will indeed return as FBI Agent Dale Cooper.
The quirky agent investigated the mysterious death of Laura Palmer, captivating viewers when it originally aired over two seasons.
MacLachlan made a surprise appearance at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour on Monday, as part of Showtime's presentation.
Ironically, when the reboot/revival was first revealed, I had just finished watching the initial 2 seasons of the program and marveled at not only how well it held up, but how well the writing and acting was. It reminded me of the first season of True Detective ... that good!
It'll be very interesting to see how Lynch and Frost tweak the new series of shows; which right now will be only 9 episodes in 2016 – but, I predict that order will be upgraded.
For me, I do hope several other characters return from the original series; like Michael Ontkean, who played Sheriff Harry S. Truman; Lara Flynn Boyle who played Donna Hayward; and, certainly Ray Wise, Richard Beymer and Russ Tamblyn. Beymer and Tamblyn from West Side Story no less!
Also, the exemplary music from Angelo Badalamenti (and, Julie Cruise) was off the charts. And, think for a moment how that music has so influenced the music of today. I hope they'll both return ... and, how could they not?
Many critics and fanboys alike have noted that there’s a line in the end of the show that basically says I’ll see you in 25 years. I didn’t catch it, but I’m sure it’s there. Next year will meet that date.
With TV now being the #1 creative wonderland, what with shows like Fargo, Transparent and True Detective, here’s hoping for the 2016 Twin Peaks to be all that and more. Honestly, it is the media event of 2016 so far.
SHINING ON WITH FRANK SHINER --- “He shines because he isn't afraid to embrace that era of classical … evoking memories of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin.”
Tapped out on duet albums? Crooner-Frank Shiner (NY’s own) has released The Real Me; an album of perhaps, lesser-known songs (but no less impressive) from the likes of Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Randy Newman. Like Groban and Buble before him, Shiner has already drawn comparisons to both Sinatra and Darin. The debut album is via Pyramid/Universal Records.
Our favorite is “Temptation” from the pen of Tom Waits. Shiner’s vocal abilities are flawless. His conviction determined. One of the best new voices we've heard in far too long. Unquestionably, a true new talent.
We'll have an in-depth chat with the Wilkes-Barre, PA native next week, where he'll discuss the new album, his influences and his plans. Stay tuned.
CLOSING NOTES --- With a goal of raising a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, the Light Of Day Winterfest 2015, presented by the Asbury Park Press, reaches to New York City in its ongoing battle against Parkinson’s disease with tonight’s presentation starring Suzanne Vega with Dramarama’s John Easdale, John Eddie and His Dirty Ol’ Band, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, and more at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., NYC …
The first round of performers for the 57th Grammy Awards were announced yesterday: Ariana Grande, Madonna, AC/DC, Ed Sheeran and Eric Church will perform at the Staples Center Stage in Los Angeles on Feb. 8 for the annual music awards.
All of the performers so far – except for industry vets Madonna and AC/DC – also nabbed nominations this year.
Country-rocker Church is up for 4 trophies, including Best Country Album for The Outsiders. Sheeran is up for three (including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for x), and first-time nominee Grande is up for two (Best Pop Vocal Album for My Everything and Best Pop/Duo Or Group performance for megahit "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj …