Cassie S.'s Omigod You Guys audition. Was she she good? Did her fellow contestants bail on her?
I hope, hope, hope that if Cassie S. looks at herself on Legally Blonde The Musical -- The Search for Elle Woods in five to seven years, she will be mortified by how she acted on the show. In three episodes, she has emerged as a classic reality show villain -- narcissistic without reason and ready to throw her weight around without inhibition.
Already, the judges have opened themselves up to the question: Did they keep her around, just for the drama? (To be fair, on his wrap-up video, Seth Rudetsky pointed out on his video blog that in the scene where Cassie S. seems to be messing up, she is actually singing the harmony and nailing it.)
But the 18-year-old from L.A. is far from the only contestant to succeed Lexington's Laura Bell Bundy, who is soon leaving her Tony-nominated performance as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde -- The Musical, who has some growing up to do. Even 28-year-year old Selina seems to have come to this competition with a very candy-coated expectation of what Broadway would be like.
She expressed amazement that the contestants would be given something new to learn at the last minute, scoffed at being asked to be in the ensemble (did you miss that cliche about no small parts, just small actors?) and cried about being talked to like a child.
Lauren was "shocked," they would be singing while working out as was Rhiannon, who employed the trademark phrase, "Oh my God," over auditioning while riding stationary bikes.
Once again, this show is giving viewers a good look at what it takes to make it on Broadway and play a role as demanding as Elle Woods. They blanch at riding a stationary bike and singing, but as Elle, they will be executing demanding choreography while being expected to simultaneously belt out a showstopper.
Lauren won the prize of some spa treatment and took along Cassie S. to be nice. All of them could have used the chat with Orfeh, who told them:
~ The need to be ready to, "be rejected 10,000 times."
~ "Grow a thick skin."
~ "Be in great shape."
Interestingly, Lauren ended up in the bottom four and a breath away from elimination, along with Emma (who must check the know-it-all, above-it-all attitude) and Selina (who must check her mocker, rocker vibe). But it was Lindsey, who just didn't seem to be putting forth much effort, who got booted. She actually seemed to have one of the more mature attitudes, admitting in her departure comments she sort of phoned it in, and that wasn't good enough.
Maybe she can rub off on the others from a distance.
Natalie and Autumn are not getting much screen time, but they do seem to be moving through the competition well.
The real Elle, Laura Bell, was on the red carpet at the Tony Awards Sunday night, wearing black. It seemed like a bit of a statement she's moving on from Blonde's hot pink world as she told the Associated Press she wanted to wear, "anything other than pink. ... I was like, `Give me something black!'"
Pretty much immediately after she departs Blonde, Bundy will be back in Lexington with fellow actor and Search for Elle judge Paul Canaan for her Take it from the Top Broadway workshop.
Bundy also talked to the New York Post's Cindy Adams about the end of Blonde and her desire to come home: ""I'm finally done in Legally Blonde -- The Musical in five weeks. With pre-opening rehearsals, I've played Elle Woods in this show eight times a week since 2006. I'm done in. It's hard to keep your energy up. Sometimes I don't utter one word all day until I go onstage. My home's in Kentucky. I haven't seen my family in months. They've been here, but I can't spend meaningful time with them. All I want now is to go home. Go to the beach. Sleep. Let my mother feed me.
"I've lost so much weight my costumes are falling off, but nobody's fixing them because they're making new ones for my replacement next month. One bunny costume is so loose, the butt moves after I do."