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The reality of 'High School Musical: Get in the Picture'

Guest blogger Lindsay Diokno's thoughts on the new High School Musical: Get in the Picture:

Having never watched anything remotely related to High School Musical before last night, I'm not sure what I should have expected, but what I saw wasn't much.

The gist of this ABC reality show is … to be honest, I was a little confused about what they win, so let me use ABC.com's words:

"This summer's reality show, Disney's High School Musical: Get in the Picture,' will award one prize winner the chance of a lifetime -- he or she will literally 'get in the picture' when that person stars in a music video shown in the end credits of the feature film, Disney's High School Musical 3: Senior Year, opening this fall. In addition, the winner will also receive an exclusive talent hold agreement with ABC and a recording contract for two singles with Walt Disney Records, one of which will be a version of the song from the music video."

So … the winner doesn't get a role in the movie, and he or she records a version of a song that may only be in the movie during the end credits. This is after weeks of music camp with six "faculty" members teaching these kids how to sing and dance. Sign ME up for this "chance of a lifetime" that will surely launch my career. Actually, I wouldn't mind auditioning for HSM if host Nick Lachey gave me a hug.

 

With that in mind, let’s talk about the only memorable moments of the Eastern casting calls:

--I was banking on some American Idol-esque auditions, but sadly no Simon Cowell of the theater set is on this show.

--"Faculty" member Bob Adler bears a strong resemblance to comedian/Fat Jesus lookalike Zack Galifianakis.

--The auditions critiques were FAR nicer than anything I heard when I did high school theater. But I'm pretty sure the teacher/directors from my high school days weren't getting paid nearly as much as these faculty members are.

--There's a suspicious amount of talk about having heart, drive and personality, and very little about anyone having actual talent.

That last part being said, there were some charming standouts. Meet the vocally talented Tierny, 17, who was picked up for the semifinals during a fellow classmate's audition. There's also Bostonian Anthony, who has one of those heartbreaking stories (Mom had knee surgery complications, union worker Dad was laid off) and rocks the "Jump on It" dance at school assemblies. And then there's Type-A Bailey, who has a 4.4 GPA and admits to being bossy. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say bossy is likely an understatement.

TONIGHT: See the semifinalists sing and dance their way to stardom! I'm just hoping ABC gets the drama going. A personality like Bailey picking on someone else would at least evoke some high school realism.

Until then, let's hope Anthony busts out some more Fresh Prince dance moves: 

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