This week, Joan Koplan and Dennis Starr speak with The Gary Duff Show, while Mt. Airy, North Carolina’s Charice Bender talks about her Showville triumph. Plus, the Mount Airy News thinks the Showville experience was positive for the town. Read on for more:
• The Gary Duff Show interviews Small Town Security‘s Joan Koplan and Dennis Starr. Starr says he took the job at JJK Security because he found Joan “fascinating” and “captivating.”
• While watching her winning Showville episode, Charice Bender told the Mount Airy (N.C.) News, “I am having butterflies tonight. It seems so long ago but you still feel nervous now that it’s here.”
• Speaking about Showville‘s Episode 7, the Mount Airy (N.C.) News concludes, “I truthfully can say the nation laughed with us, and not at us — something that had been in doubt.”
On this week’s Showville, the audience of Hugo, Oklahoma selected singer-guitarist Trey Rosenthal as the winner, but who was the favorite act of coaches Lisette and Alec? Read on to find out…
Lisette’s Pick: July Coronel (Hula Hoop Act)
“Loved her! It was so interesting getting to know her. Her family, they’re immigrants from Peru, and she comes from the circus world.” Lisette adds that the coolest thing about working with July was “getting to bring the woman out in her and believe in herself… she was fearless.”
Alec’s Pick: July Coronel (Hula Hoop Act)
Alec agrees with Lisette, “July was so excited to be a part of our show and you could actually see her thrive under Lisette’s coaching. She physically transformed when she stepped onto the stage.” Alec was also impressed by July’s dedication to her craft, noting that she “spends eight months on the road and then the other four months in Oklahoma practicing!”
In the Season Finale of AMC’s Showville, the audience in Hugo, Oklahoma chose singer-guitarist Trey Rosenthal as the winning act. In this interview, Trey discusses how Alec helped him win and finding time to practice while being “Mr. Mom.”
Q: Were you surprised to be one of the finalists?
A: Oh, yeah. As soon as you walked out of the audition, they asked, “What did they think? Do you think they liked it?” And everyone was saying the exact same thing: “Yeah, they really liked it.” So it seemed to me that they really, really liked everyone. I didn’t know what to expect because I never saw any of the other acts. Maybe Alec and Lisette were just being nice to everyone.
Q: What’s it like to live in a circus town?
A: It’s so weird when people come from out of town and they drive past the headquarters and they see those elephants and they see those camels and they stop. I’m talking dead stop. Like, they hit those breaks! Windows roll down and they’re sticking their heads out. And we’ll be driving behind them, saying, “They’re just elephants. It’s no big deal.” It’s second nature to us: Doesn’t every town have elephants in their backyard? It’s something we’ve always grown up with. Like, they bring camels into kindergarten for kids to ride on. In elementary school, they’d bring tigers in and we’d get to take our pictures with them –
Q: Wait, they bring tigers into the school?
This week, Showville Episode 7 is featured in the Winston-Salem Journal, while the Mount Airy News interviews the episode’s contestants. Plus, The Pilot interviews Betty Tilley, a finalist from the latest episode. Read on for more:
• The Mount Airy (N.C.) News chats with all four finalists from the local Showville talent competition.
• The Pilot interviews Betty Tilley, a singer on this week’s Showville who says the competition is “something I’d never experienced before, but I’d definitely do it again.”
On this week’s Showville, the audience of Mt. Airy, North Carolina selected hip hop dancer Charice Bender as the winner, but who were the favorite acts of coaches Lisette and Alec? Read on to find out…
Lisette’s Pick: Betty Tilley (Gospel Singer)
“Sweet pea, Tilley!,” declares Lisette. “She loves the Lord, loves her husband, loves Mt. Airy, loves music, and I just loved her.” Lisette says that she also enjoyed working with Betty on her stage presence. “She has this angelic voice, so it was fun really getting to expand her. As a gospel singer she was used to standing in one place. So we gave her a little pop.”
Alec’s Pick: Betty Tilley (Gospel Singer)
Alec also has nothing but praise for Betty, noting that she “has got to be the happiest Pentecostal Gospel singer I’ve ever met.” He admits really looking forward to their rehearsal time together. “She had a great big laugh and turned every day into a big ‘Miss Betty’ party.”
In Episode 7 of AMC’s Showville, the folk in Mt. Airy, North Carolina chose hip hop dancer Charice Bender as the winning act. In this interview, the dance instructor and mother of two discusses how she came up with her big finish and getting injured during her performance.
Q: How did you learn to dance hip hop?
A: Well, I trained in dancing at the University of Hawaii but about three years ago, I developed this thing called FAI in my hip. It’s like when you wear out your cartilage and the bones start rubbing together. I would sit down and it was so painful, I could hardly get back up. So I had to have surgery… I lost a lot of mobility. I began doing the hip hop after we went to a convention on new dance trends. It became a way for me to get in shape again. I thought, “Well, I’m going to have to be pretty flexible in order to do this.” So I just dove in.
Q: Is hip hop music big in Mt. Airy?
A: No. It’s a small town. It can take a while for people to embrace new things. But there are a lot more people doing it now as opposed to ten years ago. But it’s not like I have a class full of boys for hip hop like you would in, say, LA or Chicago.
Q: What’s it like living in the town that inspired Andy Griffith’s Mayberry?
This week, Small Town Security is compared to abstract art by Grantland, while Hollywood.com takes a look at a Showville open audition. Plus, Small Town Security‘s Dennis Starr speaks with GLAAD. Read on for more:
• Grantland hails Small Town Security as “not unlike the inexplicable beauty of abstract art.”
• Small Town Security‘s Dennis Starr tells GLAAD that Joan helped him figure out he was transgender because “she allowed me the opportunity to explore all the options.”
On this week’s Showville, the audience of Fairfield, Iowa selected pop singer Adrien Daller as the winner, but who were the favorite acts for coaches Lisette and Alec? Read on to find out…
Lisette’s Pick: Adrien Daller (Pop Singer)
By the time Alec and Lisette had reached Iowa, they felt like they had seen it all but then they met “The Lady Gaga of Fairfield” as Lisette put it. The pop vocalist Adrien “finally brought the edge that we were missing,” Lisette went on. “She rocked it out in her tight pleather pants and her stilettos and was dropping it like it’s hot. We were like, ‘Oh, wow! There’s a real, legit pop act in Fairfield Iowa. Who knew?’ She’s beautiful, she’s talented. I love everything about her.”
Alec’s Pick: Brian Heisel (Comedian)
“This guy was the genuine article — a good ol’ Iowa Farm boy who wanted to do stand up,” declares Alec. His fellow comedian charmed Alec with his effusive personality and wit. “He was so genuine and hilarious,” Alec noted. And it would seem Alec wasn’t alone in his appreciation of Brian: “Everyone wanted him to succeed.”