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American Idol Contestants Talk About Celebrity Comparisons

February 23, 2008 11:32 AM by Joe Reality

Amy DavisMaking the top twenty-four on American Idol can be a life-changing experience for a young singer. Many contestants find themselves in the spotlight for the first time, and they find themselves being compared to celebrities.

On American Idol, Colton Berry’s resemblance to Ellen DeGeneres became a source of conversation. In a conference call after his elimination, Colton said, “You know what, people have been saying it for years. You know what, I’m one of her biggest fans. I’ve always been her fan, and so you know, one day I kind of looked in the mirror and maybe everyone’s right, maybe I do really look like Ellen, so I figured I might as well embrace it.”

Colton is hoping his resemblance to Ellen will result in an appearance on her show. Colton told reporters, “I have not yet talked to her. I know that she called Ryan Seacrest and was laughing with Ryan about the comment, and hopefully if Ellen’s reading this, Ellen give me a call.”

On American Idol, Garrett Haley was told he looked like Leif Garrett. In a conference call after his elimination, Garrett talked about the first time he heard this comparison. Garrett said, “Actually, when I auditioned for the first time, so I’ve never heard of the guy before that. Nobody’s ever compared me to Peter Frampton or Leif Garrett before this, so that was new. I went back to the house I was staying at and Googled them. I had no idea who they were, and I was like hoping they were decent looking guys. So, I was pretty happy when they popped up.”

While Amy Davis wasn’t compared to a specific celebrity on the show, she was caught up in the whole excitement of a celebrity filled Hollywood. Amy compared being in theshow to watching Mr. Rogers. Amy said, “One of the things I learned was how a huge television show is put together. I got to see all the behind the scenes of the people who do the work. The stage guys, the sound guys, publicity, legal, all of that, I got a really good introduction and crash course into what it takes to put on a huge TV show. And there are so many people involved, and it’s magical seeing all these people, such a huge team of people working together as a team to make it happen. And I just had so much respect for them, and it’s just areally cool thing. Sort of like when you’re a kid watching Mr. Rogers and he would go into a manufacturing plant to show you the behind the scenes of how something is made. That’s kind of how I felt watching all the people create American Idol.”

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