You see, Fox forgot to mention there were celebrity judges; I was being naive because with Simon Cowell as executive producer it is only natural there would be three celebrity judges.
Marie Osmond, whose music I've never been fond of, is one of the judges. She gets major props not only for setting up and being spokesperson for her own doll company but helps design them. I also admire her for bucking her religion by divorcing a husband she could no longer stand to have a life with and coming out of the closet as it were about her problem with depression. It is as if she were one of us!
Little Richard is the next judge. I mean, he's Little Richard. Not much else needs to be said.
And David Foster, songwriter and producer of some major tunes done by some pretty major players, is the third judge. I'm not going mention them here; he's vocal enough about his own career. As evident by other TV appearances, he can be a sanctimonious prick. I'm sure he's there to be the vinegar to offset Marie's sweetness and Little Richard's Little Richard-ness (what else can you call it?).
Nor was there mention made of the series host, Wayne Brady; he is a very talented man that hasn't gotten the recognition he deserves. That's when it got me hook, line, and sucker. I mean sinker.
This week's two-hour premiere featured each non-singing celebrity singing two different duets with two different partners. Tonight the judges dumped one of the non-singers, but starting next week the voting public will be separating the chaff from the wheat. Not sure how yet, and there's no info on the show's website, but I'm sure it will be at least two of three options: cell, landline, and online voting. Perhaps even all three.
I'm not going to give you the whole play-by-play of tonight's show. You can check out the website and it looks like you can view every part of the premiere at least once, somewhere within the site. But the highlights were the surprise non-singing celebrities that kicked ass.
Hal Sparks' first song was with Smokey Robinson. I was weirded out by the fact that Smokey — performer extraordinaire who holds a solid place in my Top Five favorite singer-songwriters — would be on this type of show; that was one of the things that had me scared to begin with. Seeing him perform reminded me of just how incredible he is. He and Hal did a pretty good job, I thought. The second song Mr. Sparks did, this time with Miss Gladys was pretty good too. Hell, I'd probably sound decent singing with either one of them too.