February 15th, 2008

Rob is standard

Singing Bee, the screentest

And there I went, back to the old studio's in Aalsmeer where I had my first TV moment 12 years ago on Wheel of Fortune. Registered, got a few forms, got my mugshot taken, sat down.

Form 1: Quiz form: had to finish sentences, fill in blanks and write down a full chorus from a selection of songs. Nothing too hard (For the curios: Andre Hazes' Vlieger, Paradise By The Dashboardlight, Abba's Waterloo, Stevie Wonder's I Just Called To Say I Love You).

Form 2: The socalled Quit-Form. You die on the show? NOT OUR FAULT! You get hurt or suffer damage in any which way? NOT OUR FAULT! Oh, and we get to decide if, when and how often we air the show. But we'll never give you money for it. Don't you just love these kind of legal forms?

Next up? Waiting for 20 minutes.

Together with three others I was brought to a room with a camera and 2 producers. One by one we had to step up to tell a little about ourselves. Next, we got a bunch of songs to test our lyrics knowledge. My 3:
1. Barry Manilow - Mandy. Score.
2. Gerard Joling - Zing Met Me Mee. Managed half the chorus, I hate songs like these with a passion.
3. Marco Borsato - Rood. Chorus went like a breeze.
Modest as I am, I think I was the best out of the four, but it wasn't just about singing and knowledge, it was also about presentation and how you would react if you didn't know the lyrics.

Aaanyway, within 4 weeks everyone will get to know if (s)he's selected. Recording days are mid-March. The catch? For every single show they put 50 candidates in a box-like area of the studio (the word 'cattle' comes to mind), and out of those 50, only 5 get picked to actually be a contestant. And only the winner goes home with cash. So it's still a looooong way to go, but hey, it's fun while it lasts.
Rob is standard

ROCK out with your C*** out!

ZOMFG!

A co-worker just pointed me to a bar in Amsterdam called Pakhuis Wilhelmina. They have a stage there as well and it's right next to a popular stage/club called Panama. Anyway... every first thursday of the month they have LIVE HARD ROCK KARAOKE! Imagine a little band with professional musicians (from bands like Kane, Anouk, Raggende Manne, Sjako!) and a sign-up list with about 40 songs to choose from (Deep Purple, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, the Who, Black Sabbath, etc. etc.). They perform the song, and you'd better be sure to be singing your best. No drunk tourists here, only rockers.

I am *SO* going to be there next time (March 6th). Doors open 8pm, karaoke starts 10pm, admission 5 Euro. Good singers get a free shot of Tequila :D