"Battle of the Dannys"
- September 26
We have two Keiths
for the finale on October 10, and we have three Lauries.
Tonight, the number of Lauries will be reduced to two
via your votes. But first, it's time to meet the princes
of all-smart-ass bass-playing redheads... the Dannys...
Matt Vrchota; Southern Pines, NC
Peabo Powell; Dalton, GA
Keaton Savage; Burbank, CA
Clayton Griffin; Lake Park, GA
Chris Farach; Miami
Alex Oyen; Orlando
Blayze Dawson; Simi Valley, CA
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 the guy that they brought on
stage, Danny Bonnaduce. "Now there's an election we can
all get excited about!"
Danny's joined by Todd,
fashionably late as always, as we check out the footage
from Boot Camp. Oh yeah, and David's here as well,
because he's co-EP and we have to have him and such.
During this time, Danny gets to teach his kids how to
fake the bass and take his kids to work, Star 98.7 LA.
And, because he's weird
like that, we also get a pool party. But after the
party, the comedown. The first round is based the whole
package, including boot camp and rehearsal.
That leaves four Dannys.
Three of them are going home. Clayton... isn't one of
them. Blayze, Peabo, and Matt are going home.
But now, it's time to
sing. This time, it's personality that counts. First up,
it's Spencer Tuskowski, who is described as "weird."
Also, he's ballsy, hitting on his predecessor's
daughter. That takes guts. His song, "Happy Together".
He's a showman, but vocally, he needs work. Judges (with
"New Partridge Family" EP Josh Weinstein pinch hitting
Tim: 7.0 Mary
Jo: 8.3 Josh: 7.5 Nancy: 7.4.
Next up, here's Alex
Oyen, who wanted to play drums... with a bucket on his
head. He used to sing Hanson. His favorite song, of
course, "mmmBop". He thinks Danny is a used car salesman
trapped inside of a kid's body. Try selling us on
"Respect". And that's what he gets from this recapper.
Tim: 9.2 Mary
Jo: 9.2 Josh: 9.0 Nancy: 9.1.
And respect from the
judges as well. And "respek" from Ali G. Next up, Chris
Farach, who is a natural breaker. He likes to "drop drop
drop it like it's hot." He drops "Hungry Like the Wolf"
with all the moves of Michael Jackson. Or Justin
Timberlake. Or something. 10 on the dancing, 7 on the
Tim: 7.0 Mary
Jo: 7.6 Josh: 7.5 Nancy: 7.2.
We now have a date for
the sitcom drop... Later this fall on VH1. Next up,
rocking the faux-hawk, product and all, it's Keaton
Savage, who describes himself as
"rock-slash-pop-slash-everything." Today, he gives it up
to the Complex, "Burning Down the House". And he gives
it up to Diana DeGarmo by saying "How y'all doing
tonight?!" Oh gosh...
Tim: 8.0 Mary
Jo: 8.6 Josh: 9.0 Nancy: 8.2.
Griffin, who says that ants are made of sugar and
therefore could be eaten. Luckily, he has tennis to fall
back on. Clayton thinks he can have fun with the role.
He sings "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". He better start
moving, because his stage presence and singing isn't
doing anything for me.
Tim: 7.0 Mary
Jo: 8.1 Josh: 7.0 Nancy: 8.0.
"Somewhere in that group
is the new Danny Partridge, God help him." And God help
up, because... it's time for the castoff footage. And
now, the castoffs. Chris... is one of them. Alex...
isn't. Keaton... isn't either. That leaves Clayton and
Spencer. Clayton... is gone. Spencer, by 0.1... is
moving on to the Blue Screen of Death round, where they
have to prove, like Danny, that they're an
H-U-S-T-L-E-R, hustler. Today's scene, Keith consoles
Danny, as he's upset about Shirley going out on a date.
Now Danny's a little older due to this being from the
last year of the show, 1974. Spencer's first, as he's a
little excited to see his mom getting action. A little
TOO excited. Alex is next, and he's probably got it
down. He did what he had to do. Finally, here's Keaton,
a happy medium between the spectrum of Alex and Spencer.
There they are, and now
it's on you, America. Personally, I think it's on Alex
and Keaton. Heh. Alex Keaton. You can vote for two hours
after the show, but since this recap will be up pretty
much outside of that window, your best bet is to go to
VH1.com to seal someone's fate... and speaking of
It's time to see who out
of Alana Allen, Emily Stone, and Alexis Mero will join
Leland Grant and David Petruzzi in the finale showdown.
Dramatic music, please... Emily... is through to the
finals! Alexis... is also through to the finals! Alana
is just plain through, as the other two are left to
One more round of
casting to go, as we take on the Shirleys next week.