“Whitney Houston chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and singer, songwriter Bobby Brown — from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.”
Added Bassett: “I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story. Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”
So the film will focus primarily on the Bobbaaaay & Whitney Years? Yikes. I’m sure in 10-20 years’ time, we’ll
‘X Factor‘ has a weird way of bringing out the delusional and flighty, of course course these people always seek approval the most. Simon and Co. aren’t necessarily looking for the next Adele, but there was at least one singer who thought she actually wasAdele…on Jerry Springer.
The auditions moved to Greensboro, N.C., where Simon got his first taste of the Southern staple buttered grits! First up, was cutie-pie Willie Jones from Shreveport, Louisiana who drove 14 hours to sing for the judges, and sing he did. Demi compared his style to the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air“, but he wasn’t going to rap about how his parents didn’t understand.
Williedid shock the audience when he started Josh Turner‘s “Your Man“, and did a great job with it. I really liked how his voice went between a very Country low and an R&B middle. This kid has a lot of potential. You might remember that Scotty McCreery auditioned with with this song on ‘American Idol‘ and did go on to win the show, so maybe it will as lucky for Willie as it was for Scotty.
When Julia Bullock made her way to the stage she revealed that she was auditioning without her band. Flashback to her in the parking lot with her ex-boyfriend and friend, asking them what they would do if she makes it onto the show. They’ll have to get “regular people” jobs, and they are none to happy it about it. Julia goes into Foster The People‘s “Pumped Up Kicks” which is just alright for me, but she gets her 4 yeses and her ex has to start applying to flip burgers at McDonald’s.
There was one standout with Jeffrey Adam Gutt, a single dad that impressed the judges with his neck-stretching rendition of “Hallelujah.” I thought parts of it sounded a bit forced, but I’m kind of tired of the whole RVRS (Raspy Voiced Rock Star) thing. Demi told his adorable son, Talon that his dad “was a rock star,” and it he got a pass to the next round.
I decided to save the worst for last. Of course none of us really sound all that great singing in the shower or car, but that little fact didn’t stop Krysten Colon from thinking that we needed to hear what she sounds like in the shower. She tried, she really did, with Adele‘s “Don’t You Remember” but it was hardly worth remembering. Her whole tone was just off. Simon encouraged her to try again, and she did in this time with Whitney‘s “I Have Nothing” which sounded even worse than her first audition.
God. The taping was being hit by a pretty fierce thunderstorm while she was singing, probably Whitney having a fit in Heaven from hearing another person butcher one of her classics. It was no, again, and Krysten broke down backstage, fighting with her mother and throwing water at a camera. Before she could throw a chair at security, she ran outside into the rain and her mother was left to apologize for her behavior.
If it’s exhausting watching this, I can’t imagine how it is for the judges to be in front of that for hours on end. I wonder what they add to their Pepsi (which they had to shill in an embarrassing segment), to keep their cool…because I want some, too.
The BET Awards went on for almost 4 hours, and at least an hour and a half of it was actually pretty good. Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, the show kicked off with a performance from G.O.O.D Music featuring Kanye West, who brought girlfriend Kim Kardashian as his date. I think this was the most black people she’s ever been around in her life. Sam did a pretty good job as host, it’s not like he had to do much, and I did enjoy those Real Househusband skits throughout the show.
All of the ladies were waiting for D’Angelo to hit the stage and he did not disappoint. He started out his performance with “Untitled” and “Voodoo” not shirtless unfortunately, then went into a new song called “James River.” D’Angelo still has it, and I’m glad he’s back and ready to show the world
Other highlights included Melanie Fiona‘s stellar performance of “Love On The Wrong Side” and the tribute to Frankie Beverly and Maze, but the show capped off with a touching and tearful tribute to the late Whitney Houston. There have been numerous tributes to Houston since she passed back in February but this was definitely the best. Mariah Carey made a surprise appearance to speak about her beloved friend saying,”I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter.”
Then Monica and Brandy both brought the house down with “I Love The Lord,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” But it was Houston’s ‘Waiting To Exhale‘ co-stars Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine and her mother Cissy Houston‘s emotional performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” that got even the hardest rappers in the game a little teary eyed.
Beyonce, who took home top honors for Best Female R&B and Video Director Of The Year with Alan Ferguson. She didn’t walk the red carpet but look great in this neon dress and was shown all throughout the show bobbing along to songs like Nicki‘s “Beez In The Trap.” Maybe she was just enjoying her time off from diaper duty.