Blonde to the Bone
Last time, the girls were
tested in their ability to wear (and dance in) pink stiletto boots. Then
a questionnaire threatened to tear the ladies apart. Emma, though, was
torn from the rest of the ensemble, leaving the final five.
"If Emma doesn't walk through that door, I'm going to be shocked." Well,
Rhiannon, prepare for shockage. Autumn is out of sorts when she retrurns
to the hotel. Basically put, both her and Emma were not dancers.
Afterwards, she calls out Rhiannon for being a little insensitive for
saying "she's not going home."
Call sheet sends the girls to the salon. Could it be that the remaining
brunettes (Natalie and Autumn) are going blonde? Legally?
Actually, that's exactly what's about to happen. Because that's what
this workshop is all about.
John Barrett Salon... John Barrett... the owner. "Being blonde is a
state of mind, and that's where we're going to take you." Lauren's a
little bit conscious that this will level the playing field.
Bailey has attachment issues over her long hair being... slightly less
Natalie doesn't recognize herself... but she recognizes that she's got
the competition running scared. As does Autumn (C-Note: and she looks
cuter). "I hated it, but I knew that you couldn't let anyone see it."
After they go blonde, their newfound Elle will be put to the test at
SoHo Studios... where THE Laura Bell Bundy is waiting. She's there to
talk the philosophy. She's a very positive person, she gives the benefit
of the doubt a lot, and she doesn't let anything get to her. Ah, so it's
a method acting class.
Laura Bell calls playing Elle "the best experience of her life" and
"therapy for her".
After that, they meet an agent and a photographer to get snapped.
They're looking for the standout shot of Elle Woods. We have the same
shoes, the same dresses, and the same hair. So it's all about the
After the photo shoot, the snappers take the best shots and then compare
them against each other. The winner are going to lunch at Chop Suey with
Andy Karl ("Emmett" understudy).
Autumn was creative and physically loose. Rhiannon had fun, but needed
some more freedom. Bailey played it smart and chose the pose used in the
advertising and marketing (C-Note: for the 12 of you who watched
"Temptation" during the time where that prize was offered... you know
what we're talking about). Lauren has her feet firmly planted ont he
ground. Natalie was cute standing on books.
It came down to Bailey and Natalie. The winner... Natalie. She's
Now to the info on the audition. They'll be singing the ballad "Legally
Blonde" with Andy on stage. It's a very sad song.
Next day, lunch. Andy says Natalie looks like Elle... and says he's
feeling the vibe. Andy says that the song isn't about being sad, but
about going back to her roots, about a choice that you've made.
Hopefully this will give her a leg up in the competition.
Meanwhile, it's time to rehearse the number.... and Seth is a bit...
"(sing-songy) Do the curtains match the carpet..."
Autumn has an epiphany... she sucks at auditions. She just has to
remember that it's not about the show, it's about those three minutes.
Bailey, on the other hand, has no problem nailing the song, but she
needs to control the singing-with-her-hands thing. Natalie gets into the
emotion of the piece... a little too much into the emotion. "Please see
me as this part."
As stated before, the challenge is to sing "Legally Blonde" with Andy
Autumn's up first. She channels the emotions, and is called a gifted
girl. Paul calls it a hit. Bernie calls it a 10.
Bailey is next, as she hopes to keep it real. Bernie feels a little
letdown, not seeing anything inward coming out. Heather doesn't feel the
devastation of the moment. Paul needs to see this from the gut. Bailey
blabbers on about how people didn't really see her doing this for a
Natalie is next. Remember, she and Andy met prior to this. Didn't help
her. She brought it. She delivered it, but she wasn't Elle.
Lauren is next. Bernie can't believe that Lauren's just 18, but Heather
cites her being closed off with her body mechanics.
And finally... Rhiannon. She killed it... and not in a good way.
Let's get to the list... Two names deep.
That means that Rhiannon, Bailey, and Natalie are heading up to see the
THE CASTING OFFICE
It's Natalie's first time at the casting office, as is Bailey's.
This was not an easy decision. Bailey is the perfect package... but it's
not complete based on today's audition. The emotion is lacking. There's
a difference between showing and doing. She shows it, but it's not
Rhiannon is unique, but her voice is not leading-lady ready.
Natalie is a powerhouse singer, but her performance today is lacking.
The connection wasn't there.
Bailey is basically given one last chance. She moves on. Which leaves
Rhiannon and Natalie. Going with the Broadway voice or the special
Natalie... you're cut. Which you kinda had to see coming. "The best
think I'm going to take from this competition is all the friends I've
(End of Act VI)