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Hangin’ with Hasselhoff

Post by Ernest Jasmin on April 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm with No Comments
April 29, 2009 10:33 pm

Duuuuudes! I typed this blog entry with the hand that shook hands with David Hasselhoff. You know, the guy with the talking car? Huge in Germany? Did lots of slo’ mo’ beach running with Pam Anderson? Shweeeet!

But seriously, while I normally focus on pop music on this here blog, you know I had to make an exception for clips I gathered on the set of “America’s Got Talent,” which taped today at Tacoma’s Pantages Theatre. Not only did I get face time with the Hoff, I also kicked with new host, Nick Cannon, and judge Piers Morgan (who’s not nearly as mean in person. Quite charming, actually?)

Nick Cannon on his first season, “wild and crazy stuff” in Tacoma and upcoming projects

“The Hoff” on the potential for another Susan Boyle, his first visit to Puget Sound and an encouraging tidbit about “Knight Rider” towards the end

Piers Morgan on “eccentric people doing weird things” in Tacoma and being the tough judge

I promised not to give away any big spoilers regarding who made the cut and whatnot. But I can tell you that several contestants will be familiar to many of you who frequent local rock clubs, cabarets and festivals. Seattle b-boy crew Massive Monkees was there. So were performers from Pure Cirkus and Teatro ZinZanni, not to mention Fuschia Foxxx, a.k.a. that sexy lady from the cover of the new Ventures/Wailers album.

lso, there’s a potential outrage for Grit City. There were several indications during taping that this will be yet another show that will try to pass us off as "Seattle" when the episode(s) air this summer; you know, Seattle shout outs, the guy next to me claiming the crowd had been coached to say Seattle.

Boooooo! to faking Seattle and not giving Tacoma props. Hoooooooray to local peeps on national TV. And could we have another Sanjaya on our hands? Time will tell. The Tacoma footage will air some time after the season premier on June 23.


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