Friday, December 16, 2005

It's Magalie!!!

Since we've been here we've been keeping up on the national phenomenon that is Star Academy. We're not really sure what the demographic is for this show but it manages to bring in some pretty big American talent (Madonna, Mariah, Stevie Wonder, Alanis Morrisette, Liza, yes Liza, Minelli, Paul Anka, etc.) as well as a lot of top French singers (Johnny Hallyday, Michel Sardou). It took us a while to figure out what exactly was happening, how contestants were rated and stayed on the show but we eventually figured it out about 3 weeks ago: Amateur French singers compete against each other for the top position of 1 million Euros and some other things (but we aren't' sure what those are). They live together in a chateau where they have weekly rehearsals and lessons for the upcoming, weekly live show. The criticism is constructive and polite and all of the competitors are friendly with each other, positive and supportive. During the live show each week, each remaining competitor performs songs with elaborate choreography and costuming. They sing alone, and in duets with other contestants and with other established musicians and singers. Compared to similar shows in the US, Star Ac' is very civilized and pleasant, though our tutor says it's too American for her liking. Tonight was the finale and the winner was Magalie, a young woman with a pretty great voice who, we think, fully deserved to beat out ol' Jeremy.

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