"Battle of the Lauries"
- September 19
We have our first
three people forward thanks to the judges, but now we
have to whittle them to two based on your votes,
America. They'll fight it out for the role of Keith
Partridge on October 10, but first, it's time to cast
his somewhat waifish sister. Remember, we judge on
resemblance, singing, and acting ability. Once again,
the eight hopefuls are...
Rachel Kimsey; Utah
Allison Considine; Dallas, PA
Alana Allen; New York City
Alison Miller; Tallahassee, FL
Christina Grace; Langley, VA
Essie Shure; Chicago
Alexis Mero; Ann Arbor, MI
Remember, one by one, the performers will
wow first, then sing, then act. At the
end of the night, the judges 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... that chick who wrote off the
series to further her chances of schtupping Harry Hamlin
in an LA law firm.
Just as last week,
original castmates David Cassidy, Shirley Jones, and
Danny Bonnaduce will be on hand to help feel out the
talent both on stage and at Partridge Family Boot Camp.
One thing you'll notice off the bat - the wardrobe
department is huge. One other thing you'll notice...
Laurie Partridge was an Iron Chef... or something.
The first round is
based on looks, charm, and the requisite "How bad do you
want it?" question. Based on that as well as singing and
acting, we're making first cuts to five. Instead of the
whole cut-off score deal, we get just the top five.
Works out better this way, don't you think?
Alana: 19.7, advances.
Allison: 17, does not advance.
Rachel: 19.4, advances.
Alexis: 20.3, advances.
Essie: 16.9, does not advance.
That leaves Alison and
Emily... Alison... has 17.7. Emily has 21.4, and is
considered an early favorite.
First, Alexis, who likes
to rock-climb and show up guys. She has to show up on
"Sk8er Boi". And dare I say it... WORSE than Avril. The
original was gritty, and this was... popcorn. Good for
this comp, but bad for me personally. Then it turns to
"bad for this comp, AND bad for me personally".
Tim: 8.5 Mary
Jo: 8.3 Bill: 8.7 Nancy: 8.5.
But the judges don't
seem to mind. David's in the audience with David
Petruzzi, Leland Grant, and Lucais Reilly of last week's
show. One of them will go home tonight. The other two
move on to the final battle. But for now, let's get back
to the stage with Rachel Kimsey, a performer in a Wild
West stunt show. Hopefully she'll come out guns a-blazin'
with "Daydream". She's sexy and perky... That's
pretty much it, though.
Tim: 7.0 Mary
Jo: 6.5 Bill: 7.1 Nancy: 6.9.
Next up, Emily Stone,
who used to be blonde before the boot camp, believe it
or not. Her song: a catchy little tune by Meredith
Brooks whose title begins with B... and ends with an
"itch." And she owns it. This is how you work a crowd.
Not necessarily one of "those" performances, but
probably one of the best ones tonight, if not THE best.
Tim: 7.8 Mary
Jo: 9.5 Bill: 8.5 Nancy: 8.1.
Unlike Emily, Alana
Allen, who wants to make a decent living performing, is
STILL a little blonde. She thinks of Laurie as the
"angel", and the perfect song for an angel is "Nothing
Compares 2 U". Hmm... Not bad. VERY good. Another one of
Tim: 7.5 Mary
Jo: 8.5 Bill: 8.3 Nancy: 8.0.
ringer for Susan Dey Christina Grace, she of the
life-timeline, graces the stage with "California Dreamin'".
She makes the song her own... but she should've made it
either Alana's or Emily's, because she is all over the
place tone-wise. Strikes me as coming from the throat
and not from the diaphragm. Sing from your diaphragm,
Tim: 6.5 Mary
Jo: 6.8 Bill: 6.6 Nancy: 7.0.
After the requisite
intro of the judges... halfway into the show, we get the
requisite parade of suck. I'll save you the details and
just say... thank God they're not on the show. Now, it's
time to cut. Rachel and Christina are on the south end
of the cut, as Alana, Emily, and Alexis move onto the
Blue Screen of Death.
But before we do that,
we get into the head of your typical attractive, sort of
ditzy, relatively smart teenage girl from the 1970s who
happens to play keyboards for a mom-and-pop garage band.
As you can see... very normal.
Now to the Blue Screen,
which features original Partridge footage sans Laurie.
That's where Alana, Alexis, and Emily come in. This is
their opportunity to give their own interpretation of
the role. The scene involves "the one time at Hanley's
Department Store" and a "D" in Laurie's diary. Yeah,
every girl has one of those.
Alexis is pretty much
dead on, Emily has slight microphone issues (that's what
you get when you try to be subtle), and Alana... well,
in every group, there's got to be one hot chick who
totally blew it.
One of them will be the
next Laurie Partridge, but what about Keith? We revisit
David Petruzzi, Lucais Reilly, and Leland Grant from the
last show... with finals results. Leland... IS IN!
Lucais... is out. David joins Leland. We'll see them in
the final on October 10. Meanwhile, it's all about Alana
Allen, Emily Stone, and Alexis Mero. One of them is the
new Laurie, and it's your job to determine who.
Remember, you can vote all week online at VH1.com up
until the live show on Sunday. So hey, why not give it a
shot. Results... and the Battle of the Dannys (including
an abnormally tall one) next time.