Ashlee Again

The email came at 1:35 AM. From Australia Geoff Huntley was sending me another link to his growing collection of Ashlee-abilia.

During last night’s Orange Bowl, a lopsided contest over sometime in the second quarter, Ashlee Simpson performed during halftime. I wasn’t listening, but caught a glimpse of her in a monitor near my desk. Her earplugs (these are used to hear, not to blot out sound) were hanging around her neck. When you’re on, TV hanging earplugs are a bad sign. It often means you are being fed audio that’s out of sync with what you are doing – an incredibly difficult problem if you’re speaking, and probably worse if you’re trying to sing.

By the time I had the volume up, the set was over. It wasn’t until I watched Geoff’s video that I heard the booing.

I’m still trying to piece the facts together. Was she booed because she was awful? Was she booed because of what happened on Saturday Night Live in October?

I do know that in a very small piece of Geoff’s clip she seemed to be singing, but her mike was off. A few seconds later, she was singing and I heard her voice, but the two seemed to be different.

I’ll look for more info, but if you watched, please add a comment and let me know.

Last week, I sat on the couch and watched an MTV show featuring Ashlee. I can’t understand her celebrity, except for her sister. Having her perform at the Orange Bowl was equally puzzling.

Another Lipsync Debacle

Steffie has been trying to show me this for days. Lindsay Lohan, who Steffie likes, was appearing on Good Morning America to ‘sing’ her new single. In this case I’m using the word ‘sing’ in the Ashlee Simpson sense.

Was the lipsyncing bad? Good grief, it looked like bad karaoke!

In Lohan’s favor, her vocal is so heavily ‘electronified’ and uses punch-ins (allowing her to sing more than a breathful at a time) and other techniques which could never be duplicated in live performance. But, if you can’t perform it live, then don’t.

Doing what she did was embarrassing.

That’s why Steffie asked me to look at the video… and to show me she’s savvy enough to pick up on these things by herself.

Geoff Huntley, down in Australia, has posted the video on his website – a site dedicated to lipsync errors.

Meanwhile a few days later Lindsay appeared with Regis and Kelly, but didn’t sing. She said her throat was too sore. Next.