"Battle of the Keiths" -
Last time, 32 people, based on resemblance, singing,
and acting ability, were invited to "C'mon, Get Happy",
as hopefuls for a new Partridge Family sitcom to debut
later this fall on VH1. Tonight, eight will compete to
become the next Keith Partridge. Once again, the eight
Sutter Zachman; Punta Del Mar, CA
Leland Grant; Norfolk, VA
Lucais Reilly; Pittsburgh
Jonathan Redford; Orange County, CA (yep, the OC)
Teddy Geiger; Rochester, NY
James Snyder; Sacramento, CA
Paul Carpenter; Miami
One of them is the new
Keith Partridge. As we get the first glimpse of the
stage and the host, the Whammy-meister himself, Todd
Newton. He explains how this is going to go down.
One by one, the performers will do their thing. At the
end of the night, the judges, Bill, Tim, Mary Jo, and
oncoming judge Nancy Matalon (exec for Sony Music,
replacing Josh Weinstein), will cut the field to three.
Those three are presented to you, the public, to vote
via phone or via website (VH1.com) on which one will be
the successor to David Cassidy.
And speaking of which,
he'll be on hand to help feel out which ones will be
rightly prepared, and which ones are just pretenders to
the throne. And in case you haven't figured it out, Todd
Newton is very tall. "One of these performers will be
incredibly wealthy, lusted after by countless women... a
couple men." Before we get to business, we see what the
original Keith had to go through. Basically, he was the
perfect combination of good looks, talent, and pooka
shell shag fantasies that the women of the day were
But he never had to go
through Partridge Family Boot Camp, with requisite
classes for singing, acting, and looking like Keith
Partridge with hair and makeup. Or maybe he did, as he
visits the finalists for a pep talk.
The first round was
based on looks, charm, and why these guys wanted to be
the next Keith Partridge. Based on that as well as
singing and acting, we're making first cuts to five.
Each finalist was given a numerical average and if it
exceeds 18, then they move on automatically.
Teddy: 18.2, advances
Jonathan: 17.5, does not advance
Sutter: 18.5, advances
David: 20.7, advances
James: 17.1, does not advance
Leland: 22.1, advances
That leaves Paul &
Lucais... Paul, with a score of 16.5, is going home,
giving Lucais (18.5) the slot. Now, it's Idol time, as
we sing for our supper.
First, David Petruzzi,
who has a tattoo saying "Live to dream, dream to live."
He thinks that he's very opinionated, like Keith. He
sings "Faith" by George Michael and/or Limp Bizkit. Just
weak all over the place.
Tim: 8.0 Mary
Jo: 8.5 Bill: 6.3 Nancy: 8.0. AVERAGE:
And it seems that only
Bill agrees with me.
Sutter Zachman taught
himself to play piano and guitar. He also taught himself
to surf. Sutter thinks he's the teen idol. He sings
"Like a Rolling Stone" with his own accompaniment. The
fact that he plays his own guitar may help him, as he
sounds ever the rock star, gritty and a mite pitchy.
Tim: 7.0 Mary
Jo: 4.4 Bill: 6.1 Nancy: 7.0. AVERAGE:
Leland Grant sleepwalks
a bit. You remember him as the biological son of Krissy,
one of the Shirleys. He thinks that Keith should be
honest. His weapon of choice: "Addicted to Love". And
abs of steel. He's owning the stage. And he actually
sounds good doing it.
Tim: 8.2 Mary
Jo: 8.6 Bill: 7.4 Nancy: 6.0. AVERAGE:
Teddy Geiger is a
songwriter. His dad likes math. He likes math... He
doesn't love it. Teddy thinks he can relate to Keith, as
they love to write songs. He doesn't like holding back.
He also plays guitar, as demonstrated by "Slide" vis a
vis the Goo Goo Dolls. Very velvety at start, but goes
high energy in the middle, but tires out at the end.
Tim: 8.3 Mary
Jo: 7.4 Bill: 6.4 Nancy: 7.7. AVERAGE:
Finally, high school
prom king Lucais Reilly. He loves rap music, especially
old school Public Enemy and Beastie Boys. he thinks
Keith needs to be more upbeat. "He's the one that drives
the band!" He's gonna get it on with "Let's Get It On".
He spend most of the time forcing the song out (and it
shows), but nice falsetto, that man.
Tim: 7.1 Mary
Jo: 8.0 Bill: 7.9 Nancy: 7.0. AVERAGE:
Now the cuts, as Tim
favors Teddy ("Should be in a band, I think"); Mary Jo,
Leland; Bill, Lucais; and Nancy, David. But there's only
room for three... Those three are David, Lucais, and
Leland. Now it's onto the acting round, and here to help
out, a blue screen and the original Shirley Jones. We
all know she won't play favorites, what with her stepson
being the original, right?
Okay, we've removed
footage of Keith from original Partridge footage, as
each finalist will reenact that same role. Judges are
looking for an interpretation of Keith from each Keith.
David's first, and...
whoa, that's pretty freaky. Mary Jo think he's adorable.
Then it's all Leland. Tim thinks it takes a bit more to
move him, but very well done. Finally, Lucais tries his
hand. Personally, my favorite. Just goofy enough. Bill's
very impressed with Leland, though.
Todd's back to put
America on the spot to decide which Keiths moves on to
the final round to compete head to head showdown on
October 10. By the time you read this, the phone lines
will be closed, so probably best to go to VH1.com to
register your vote. Remember, either David Petruzzi,
Leland Grant, or Lucais Reilly. You can vote all week.