While I'm still baffled about how Nick Mitchell/Normund Gentle even made it this far in the process (in fact, how he made it to Hollywood is a mystery) now that he's here, I'm kind of hoping that he makes it through. I know it sounds crazy, and even I can't believe that I'm saying it, but if I hadn't had to go watch Lost (which takes every ounce of my concentration) I would have voted for him ... and I rarely vote. But there's something about this sassy pants sparkle-clad man that has me alternately horrified and fascinated by the whole Normund persona. Here's my reasoning on why he should stay.
1. He Can Sing (When He Wants To)
When he's not doing over-the-top runs and warbling, Nick/Normund actually has a decent singing voice. Not like out-of-this-world-should-win-a-competition-that-is-ostensibly-about-singing-but-only-if-you-are-attractive good, but solid enough. But he really needs to find another diva song, because I'm so over "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)." Though if he just sang that every week, it could be enough to make Simon go mad... which leads me to my next point.
2. Will Make Simon Crazy
Simon couldn't even handle harmless little Sanjaya, who was at least trying to sing well, though his actual lack of talent left him hanging. What will he do with someone who could actually be talented, but just keeps flaunting the fact that he's a big old goofball? And as the smart-aleck comments and the banter between them (and Seacrest's two cents) get old (or older, as the case may be) for the audience, it might just wear-and-tear on Simon so much that he breaks out of his collected grouchy exterior and just pops off. That would be good television.
3. He's Sort of Funny
While I'm not sure that I'd pay money to see Normund Gentle do his wannabe cabaret schtick at Don't Tell Mama's -- or even see it for free -- on a show that normally features petulant and pouty kids or earnest do-gooders, it is a change of pace. Not that I'd want to see this every season, or even past the Top 10 this season, but seeing what he's wearing, or how he's going to change lyrics, or just how he's so insanely out there, is entertaining enough that I don't mind it all that much. Again, I'd like to reiterate that I don't necessarily think that he belongs on this show in the first place, but I am not the one who put him here, I'm just dealing the hand I was dealt, which brings me to my next thought.
4. It Would Serve the Producers Right
I know that this was supposedly the judges' decision to keep him long past Hollywood, and long past the time they should have been over his schtick, but I definitely suspect that the producers thought he'd make for entertaining TV and encouraged the judges to keep him on a bit longer. In either case, if Normund makes it into the finals and this show becomes even more of a ridiculous circus than it was before, it would be justly deserved. That's what you get when you screw with the American public. Sometimes they screw you right back. We're jerks like that.
5. Gives The Cameramen Something to Do
For a regular contestant, all those cameramen have to do is walk around in circles and capture their foot-stomping movements and winks to the audience. With Normund, these guys and gals are getting a workout. Chasing him as he runs down stairs, falls on the ground in the audience and molests the judges' table, is probably the most they've had to do ever.
6. Nick's Parents' Facial Expressions
You know that look your parents give you when you've brought home a bad report card, or crashed the car, or shoved your little brother in the dryer? Yeah, that's the look that Nick's father sported all during Normund's performance last night. So ashamed to have that little banner under his face that identified him as the person who helped bring this... whatever into the world. He then tried to smile and look annoyed when Simon said bad things. But I can tell he's just as baffled as the rest of us about why Normund has been unleashed to make an idiot of himself on the most popular reality show in the country, but god damn it, if he's there, he's gonna root for him.
Your thoughts? Is it worth putting up with nutty Normund to see Simon's head explode?
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