was a reality TV series produced by MTV
around 2001. Each episode would follow one fan or a group of fans of a particular singer or band. Said fan(s) would be chosen to become the band/singer for a weekend and re-create a music video of one of their songs, as well as getting various gifts revolving around the artist being imitated. There was also a spin-off called Wannabes
, which featured three sets of fans becoming the same band/artist and competing on a live Q&A to see who had the best impersonation. The winner would then get to perform one of the songs on stage.
This Show Provides Examples of:
- Ability Over Appearance: Presumably the choice to cast teens that were different races from the artists they were imitating. MTV do need people who will be entertaining on television afterall.
- Ambiguously Gay: Several people on the show, typically male stylists. Because it was a family show, they couldn't outright state it. Then there's the obvious fact that teenage guys becoming the likes of N*Sync and O-Town are hardly straight.
- Acting for Two: Inverted. Several celebrities got imitated twice on the show including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, N*Sync, Pink etc.
- Back Up Twin: A pair of twins were used to recreate Jennifer Lopez's "Love Don't Cost a Thing". One twin played Jennifer as she walked and danced on the beach while the other performed the complicated dance routine on the postcard.
- Bizarro Episode: One featured a fan from Germany getting flown into London to make a Kylie Minogue video with no explanation for the change in the typical location.
- Bottle Episode: Every so often, it became fairly obvious that the videos that were chosen were done so because they would be the cheapest to replicate. An especially noticeable one was the Nelly Furtado episode. They decided to remake "On the Radio" despite it being a minor hit compared to "I'm Like a Bird" or "Turn Out The Light."
- Blatant Lies: When four girls became the band Dream, an Asian girl was chosen to be Ashley and after her makeover the others were saying how much she now looked like her. The Ashley in question was white and had blonde hair with blue eyes.
- The Cameo: Kelly Osbourne appeared on the show, making her the only celebrity to have met her fan in person.
- Jenna Jameson also appeared on the show as one of the women in Eminem's "Without Me" video, as she did in the actual Eminem video.
- Costume Porn: Every episode would feature many displays of the various different outfits required for the video. They seldom picked music videos that had only one outfit.
- Critical Research Failure: Remaking the Destiny's Child "Say My Name" video they only chose three girls despite there being four members in Destiny's Child at the time the video was made. One wonders why they picked that video.
- Likely because it would be one of the cheapest to recreate.
- Dancing Is Serious Business
- Dawson Casting: Inverted. Teenagers were cast as the 20-something artists.
- Dyeing for Your Art
- Enforced Method Acting: In order to pick out someone to the love interest in the Enrique Iglesias "Escape" video the fan in question was required to make out with all the hopefuls to see which girl he had the best chemistry with. Yes, seriously.
- The dance routines that would have to be learned in a day would serve as a team building exercise for most of the teens that didn't know each other.
- Genki Girl: Kristen, the girl who became Britney Spears.
- Hilarious Outtakes: Highlights included one 'member' of Sugar Ray ordering room service pretending to be the real thing, one 'member' of Sum 41 dropping a series of terrible pickup lines on an extra and the actor playing the boyfriend in the Mandy Moore video hitting on the dance instructor.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: The twins that played Jennifer Lopez looked pretty much the same but then one was given corn rows and the other hair extensions so telling them apart was easier.
- Important Haircut: Nearly every episode featured the fan getting his or her artist's hairstyle. This would often be the biggest step toward looking like the artist. At least one aversion occurred with the girl who "became" Eve. She cut her hair, but wasn't quite ready to go blonde.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: The show was never actually released on VHS or DVD so the only way to see any episodes is to find recorded clips on Youtube.
- Makeover Montage
- Old Shame: Try looking up some of the kids who were on the show now years later.
- Race Lift: The producers certainly weren't picky about what ethnicity the fans were, even if it didn't match that of the artist. As such, we got an Asian P!nk, white Michelle Williams (from Destiny's Child, to avoid any confusion), Hawaiian Ashley Poole and various others.
- This was noticeably more common in groups with a Lesser Star: They probably had their choice of look-a-likes in the pool of Superfans for Beyonce or Justin Timberlake, but when it came time to fill in the Michelle Williams/Joey Fatone section of the group, they probably just had to take what they could find.
- The Remake: All the music videos.
- Romance on the Set: Played with. A couple of times real life boyfriends and girlfriends were brought in to play on screen love interests. The girl becoming Shakira and the guy becoming Eminem for example.
- Scenery Porn: The show featured several shots of the Beverly Hills scenery, as well as various scenic shots of the location from which they picked the fans up.
- Spiritual Successor: The British show "Reach For The Stars" was very similar though featured younger kids and more varied careers.
- MTV later had another show called "Wannabes" which was the same principle except it featured three sets of fans becoming the star(s) and they would compete against each other with the winner getting to do a live performance of one of the songs.
- Strictly Formula: The fans get picked up and learn the routines, get the clothes, get the makeover and a whole lot of gifts on day 1 and shoot the video on day 2 (sometimes additional shooting on day 3).
- They Just Didn't Care: One rather aggravating example occurred when they re-created the Destiny's Child song "Say My Name". The girl chosen to be Michelle was white and the girl chosen to be Kelly didn't even get her hair done to resemble Kelly. Only the girl chosen to be Beyoncé was actually given an effort.
- Throw It In: The boys becoming Sum 41 for the "Fat Lip" video were only supposed to lipsynch the rapping at the start, but their voices were put in anyway.
- Totally Radical: And how.
- Unnecessary Makeover: Obviously, if the fan is required to look a certain way for their video. The girl who became Pink for "Don't Let Me Get Me" and the girl who became Shakira for "Underneath Your Clothes" stick out.
- We All Live in America: The majority of teens were from America though a couple from Canada and the UK were brought in as well.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Billed as a family friendly show but quite a few of the music videos chosen certainly blur the lines such as Enrique Iglesisas's "Escape", Eminem's "Without Me" and Britney Spears's "I'm A Slave 4 U".
- Though they did draw the line with some videos, notably cutting out the end of Jennifer Lopez's "Love Don't Cost A Thing" where Jennifer strips off.
- Wig, Dress, Accent: A lot of the time without the accent, sometimes with.