MTV's reality series Rock the Cradle pitted the children of superstar musicians against one another to determine who had what it takes to be the next rock star.
This week was the Grande Finale!
The nine original celebrity offspring featured on Rock the Cradle were:
Olivia Newton-John's daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi
Kenny Loggins' son Crosby Loggins
Joe Walsh's (The Eagles) daughter Lucy Walsh
Al B. Sure's son Lil Al B. Sure
Dee Snider's (Twisted Sister) son Jesse Blaze Snider
Tom Johnston's (Doobie Brothers) daughter Lara Johnston
MC Hammer's daughter Akeiba Burrell Hammer and
Bobby Brown's son Landon Brown.
Jesse Money was voted off after Week 1.
Akeiba Hammer was voted off after Week 2.
Lil B. Sure and Landon Brown were voted off after Week 3.
Lara Johnston and Lucy Walsh were voted off after Week 4.
Crosby Loggins began the show tonight singing "Steady as She Goes." He can clearly hear the symphony of any piece of music and he feels it in his soul. Crosby is the consummate musician.
Chloe Lattanzi sang, "Should I Stay or Should I Go" in her cool nasally voice. She appeared to enjoy performing this song, which seems an unusual choice in this series. I hope she chose this song herself.
Jesse Blaze Snider, with his hair in a crazy Mohawk, sang "I Wan'na Be Like You"
(The Monkey Song) from The Jungle Book. He appropriately danced just like a monkey.
The performers were then required to perform an encore of their parent's biggest hits with their folks.
Jesse had to sing, "We're Not Gonna Take It" with his father. Any time he must sing a song in which he has to hold a note, you can tell he has no vocals. He has not approached his father's talent in this arena.
Chloe sang "I Honestly Love You" which she also sang in week 3. This time, Olivia Newton-John sang with her. It was beautiful. Their voices are so different yet somehow blend perfectly.
Crosby and Kenny Loggins sang, "I'm Alright." Crosby has tried so hard to break through his on-stage insecurities that he cart wheeled across the stage. He and Kenny sang in perfect harmony as only close family members can do with conviction.
Chloe was voted off first. I hope that she gets a songwriter and manager that can appreciate the intriguing and unique quality of her voice.
Jesse's second song was Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby." It had a pornographic quality to it in addition to his inability to sing. Quite a combination.
Crosby sang, "Believe." His talent was palpable.
After a long and protracted show, it was determined that Crosby Loggins won the $100,000 and the recording contract. The best man won after all. Thank you America.
Crosby sang a final number "Good Enough" which is his own song. He is superb and I will buy his first album.
The judges were: Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's; Jamie King, a choreographer, was the stage presence judge (Brian Friedman filled in tonight); June Ambrose was the style/image judge; Larry Rudolph was the overall performance judge; and the host was Ryan Devlin.
While the show gets kudos for originality, the inhumane way they treated the contestants made it a show I would never watch again. The contestants did not know until they were halfway through the show if they'd get the chance to sing that week. No one needs that kind of stress. Especially not the children of rock stars who, as wealthy as their families are, have proven that their parents neglected them. Whether touring, out of the household or in jail, an absent parent makes a poor role model. These kids needed a break. I do not believe that a show like this is a healthy way for these children to act out for their parents' love.
Rock on, Crosby and Chloe!