American Idol saved the biggest lie for last in last night's San Diego audition show. The young woman who showed up "from Arizona" with the sleeve tattoo and boyfriend with the face tattoos, was identified as "Carly Smithson," a poor girl who missed her chance in Season 5 because her Irish visa didn't come through (translation: she's not even "American"-- betrayed byher strained attempts to hide her brogue). Well, Carly Smithson is actually Carly Hennessy, the "ringer" we've been hearing about for the past week-- the contestant that Idol producer Nigel Lithgoe predicted would win.
He should know. Carly Hennessy-Smithson (seen above) is no amateur. In fact, she's the gal who'd signed a multi-million dollar, six-album contract with MCA Records (Vivendi Universal) in 2000. She reportedly got a $100,000 advance and living expenses for two years while MCA spent $2.2 million on recording and promoting her album Ultimate High, that flopped.
Coincidentally, one of the songs on the debut album from the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, just happened to have been featured on Ultimate High.
Carly's one of several singers on this season's Idol who've had bigtime contracts and chances in the past, and her story has been well publicized this past week, so it's strange that Idol producers would be so blatantly deceptive. and the stealth activity is far more serious than last year's shenanigans with Jordin Sparks, who was delivered to the auditions by sponsor Coca Cola. It seems that as the show's charm fades and talent pool gets more generic and annoying, the producers are pulling strings and deceiving viewers in order to re-create a proven commodity and make some money on the musical end.
!!EXCLUSIVE UPDATE!! How Carly can win!!
(or at least get our vote!!)