Sunday, January 13, 2008

New levels in onstage fakery

A couple of years back, Victoria Beckham's attempts to build herself a serious career as a singer were left in tatters when close inspection of her performances revealed that she was just opening and closing her mouth in time with the words.

We say close inspection. Admittedly, you could peer out the International Space Station and see what was going on.

Now, though, Beckham's performance is starting to look as Kosher as a rabbi-blessed tub of gefilte fish on the Sabbath, when compared with Miley Cyrus. Not only is Miley touring in the guise of someone else, Disney's fictional Hannah Montana, but she also manages to pull off the task of playing parts of the show live while being off-stage:

"To help speed the transition from Hannah to Miley, there is a production element during the performance of 'We Got the Party' incorporating a body double for Miley," PMK said in the statement.

"After Hannah has completed the featured verse on the duet with the Jonas Brothers, a body double appears approximately one to two minutes prior to the end of the song in order to allow Miley to remove the Hannah wig and costume and transform into Miley for her solo set," the statement continued. "Other than during this very brief transitional moment in the show, Miley performs live during the entirety of both the Hannah and Miley segments of the concert."

In other words, Miley Cyrus has become the first person in history to get somebody else to do her lip-synching for her.

1 comment:

James said...

I'm trying my hardest to shield my daughter from the hellish Hannah Montana caper (and, for that matter, 'Zoey 101', 'Drake and Josh' and any other Nickelodeon pish that isn't Spongebob or Fairly Odd Parents, both of which are great).

Reading some US sites, it's frightening what sort of madness Hannah Montana is inspiring. Remember the mid-80s footage of riots over Cabbage Patch Dolls? It's worse than that. Tickets for HM concerts sell for thousands of dollars, people are exchanging organs to pay for them. There was one case of a mother helping her six year-old girl to enter a competition for tickets by writing an essay about her dad being killed in Iraq (something which a local news station then found out to be completely made-up). Hannah Montana is driving parents to very strange and desperate actions. Maybe it's a parental guilt thing. People work longer hours, spend less time with their children and so feel they have to splash out on huge infrequent things like this instead.

High School Musical's quite good though.

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