Nutshell: semi-famous people get dressed up like famous singers and come out and perform like them in front of judges. I don't really understand what this show is supposed to be. It is set up like a competition, but it is clearly not one. The scores are completely arbitrary and have no relation to whether the person was actually good at channeling the artist or not. The judges include Debbie Gibson, who is a singer, and does give some criticisms though she is just as likely to use her turn to talk to mention her former career or demonstrate her singing ability. She is also the go-to person for the camera when the performer comes out and she can show her "oh gosh what a surprise" face. Darrell Hammond is the other permanent judge, and I'm not sure what his qualification is. He doesn't give critiques of the performances, he just does bits instead. Then they have a guest judge who usually ends up just being a straight man or comic relief. But as I said, since the scores don't correlate at all to the performances, I guess the judges don't matter. I assume they get a list of who gets what score before the taping so the right person wins. Also it is never really spelled out what the criteria are. Because sometimes the judges commented that the person sang well but didn't seem like the person that much like it was bad, and other times they said you sang well even though it didn't sound like the person like it was a good thing. To transform the performers, they use make-up, latex, wigs, costumes etc. But the make-up generally looks completely fake and less like the real singer than the performer's own features did. So that's pretty pointless. For example, Jon Lovitz as "Meat Loaf" looked more like Adam Sandler's Opera Man than Meat Loaf. And China Anne McClain as "James Brown" looked more like a California raisin than James Brown. Everything that happens, from reactions to "spontaneous banter" to judges critiques seems completely scripted and not the least bit natural or spontaneous. And John Barrowman as host- OMG- I used to like John Barrowman now I'm not so sure. Either he's a really terrible actor or he was doing a really good impersonation of a terrible cheesy 70s game show host. When he would double over with laughter and wipe his eyes over things like a Darrell Hammond impression that wasn't even remotely funny I was embarrassed for him. The copyright at the end of the show was 2013 so I'm kind of curious as to when this was actually filmed. It was fun to watch, but like I said I really don't know what it was supposed to be as it was clearly not a real competition. Maybe as other people suggested, it was just a showcase for a Disney star, but if so I'm not sure why they bothered she was completely forgettable. I'd never heard of China Anne McClain before and I doubt we'll hear much out of her later.
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