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MEL-AN-NEE! MEL-AN-NEE!

15 Jan
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Melanie Nyema

So, imagine my surprise when the American Idol Philadelphia auditions produced Melanie Nyema, Taylor Hicks’ back-up singer for his Spring Tour.

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Most of Taylor’s fans know that Melanie has talent, but of course, the minute she mentioned Taylor, Simon tuned out. Not to worry, Randy and Paula put her through to Hollywood. Here’s wishing Melanie the best of luck in the coming rounds. Interestingly, when Googled, Melanie comes up as a contestant on Fear Factor in 2003, a member of the USC Sirens in college, and credited for the video game, World in Conflict. Who knew?

Anyway, here she is with Taylor in a very special number, to close out the Spring Tour:

Anybody that can ABBA like that, has my vote!

GEAUX MELANIE!

ETA:  In case you missed it….

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9 Comments

Posted by on January 15, 2008 in american idol

 

9 responses to “MEL-AN-NEE! MEL-AN-NEE!

  1. brc

    January 16, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Boy you’re fast in getting these posts up. I too noticed Simon tuning out when Taylor was mentioned. Hopefully she can hold her own. It would be nice to have someone to root for as this goes on.

    My overall take on the night is that, while they aren’t cutting back on allowing every moron who wants to make a fool of himself be on national television, they are being nicer to those who are genuinely clueless.

     
  2. morewines

    January 16, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Here are some articles on Melanie.
    This one is when she was with the Sirens USC.
    http://www.rarb.org/reviews/362.html

    Every single soloist is strong — there isn’t a weak one in the bunch. Let me repeat. Every. Single. Soloist. Is. Strong. Special mention goes to Melanie Nyema. (Check out her hip-hop band Stereotype.) The women are confident, articulate, and take full ownership of their performances.

    The Sirens are worthy of Gabe’s talents. They’ve canned the cutesy numbers that held them back last time, choosing mainly rock and singing like they mean it. Every soloist is commendable; Shannon Bachmann and Melanie Nyema are showstoppers, just as they were on Surreal. The undisciplined sopranos I complained about last time have morphed into rock-solid role players. The CD’s design is also gorgeous and professional, highlighted by the extraordinary orthodontia in this group (a dental fantasy of perfect occlusion smiles on the back cover).

    http://www.uscsirensalumni.com/98alums

     
  3. morewines

    January 16, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Here is her American Idol audition.

     
  4. brc

    January 16, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for those links morewines. She really is talented!

     
  5. 88 straight

    January 16, 2008 at 10:45 am

    “he didn’t really talk about you.” i liked that part.

     
  6. morewines

    January 16, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Here’s a video of Melanie with music from the
    Sirens. She may not have shown everything she
    has during the Audition due to timem constrants. But the music on this video gives you a better idea.

     
  7. music maven

    January 16, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    BTW, last nights’ kinder, gentler Audition show produced an 11% decrease in ratings over last year.

    Jump, Fonzie, Jump.

     
  8. Colette

    January 18, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I really like that acapella version of Stevie Wonder’s “As” you put up, Morewines. Lovely stuff. I hope she has a chance, but I remember the rap on Melinda: “too perfect” “too humble”……too nice & human & talented, in my book…..

     
  9. Lisa

    May 15, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I AM SUPRICED TO FIND OUT THAT MELAINE NYEMA DIDN’T MAKE IT TO THE FINALS. I CAN’T BELIEVE THE JUDGES. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU WHATEVER YOU DECIDE TO GO BACK ON TOUR WITH TAYLOR HICKS OR YOU DECIDE TO START YOU’RE OWN TOUR. I WILL COME TO SEE YOU TO. LISA

     

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