I have no idea if other localities have this type of program, but this show is at the cul-de-sac of bad. So bad it’s good.
This is the local version of American Idol and as such, its contest pool is much smaller. AI has the commercial tie-ins with Coca-Cola, well, Gimme The Mike (GTM) has Pizza Hut, a Car Dealership, and Brookdale Mall.
Brookdale Mall is a crappy little mall that was run down for the longest time. They’ve put some money into it, but it’s still one of the last choices for malls in the area. All of the events of the show are of course tied-in to the mall. The clothes for the singers is provided by the mall, the hair is done by the salon in the mall, the contestants’ interviews are done in the food court.
The website for the show is through the online ordering function for the local Pizza Hut. You thought since you weren’t local that you couldn’t see this trash, well, think again! They have contestant clips right there! Woohoo! And did I mention it’s all done karaoke style?!?! My favorite contestants:
Jeremiah Lewis (week 1)
Marla McChristian (week 2)
Jennifer Malm (week 3)
Charles Moore (week 4)
Donald Todd (week 5)
Katie Reck (week 6)
“Isn’t that enough?” you ask. No. Of course not. There’s the Hostess who looks like she’s right out of a K-Tel Commercial. Then, there’re the judges. Please, be forewarned that the judge Shaun LaBelle’s teeth may cause blindness. (Seriously, lay off the CrestStrips, Shaun). There’s a lot of humor as the judges not only go after vocal pitch, performance, and other factors, they also know fashion! (Tonight’s episode, Shaun found a suit and shirt to match his teeth with a powderblue tie. Fabu!)
The prizes for winning this singing contest include:
a custom built Ellis Drum Company Drum set.
a one on one instruction with Minnesota drumming legend Tim Ellis.
A Yamaha ERG 121 Guitar and amp
1month of instruction and up to 5 hours of recording time in studio.
2 song demos from the Institute of Production and Recording.
A professionally produced music video from WB23 Productions,
A $3,000 pair of Diamond Earrings from Continental Diamonds,
And a 4 day 3 night trip for 2 to Los Angeles, California, which includes airfare & hotel accommodations, plus a private backlot tour of the Warner Brothers Studios.
Life is good.