Friday, June 29, 2012

American Idol and Wife Swap casting in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM

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My theory that everyone in this city will have appeared on television or in a movie by the year 2015 (provided the world hasn't exploded by then) seems to be coming to fruition. Singers, warm up your vocal cords; moms, get crazier: well-known reality shows American Idol and Wife Swap are both casting here.

Seemingly not satisfied with the musical talent it has already thrusted into the ether (The Daily Beast put together an exhaustive where-are-they-now slideshow of former Idol finalists, and let's just say not all of them took the Kelly Clarkson path), the FOX singing competition is gearing up for its 12 season and rolling into New Orleans for an open-call audition. The auditions are at the New Orleans Arena on Tuesday, July 17, with registration happening all day Sunday, July 15 and Monday, July 16. More info about the auditions is here. Gambit was at the auditions last year and we made a video of some of the (talented) rejects.

The Lifetime reality series Wife Swap, in which wives from opposite families switch homes to hilarious results, is looking for families in New Orleans. Families should consist of two parents and have at least one child, age six or older, living at home. Call (424) 214-4641, or email a family photo and description to patrice.starnes@zodiakusa.com if you're interested.

The very similar show Trading Spouses — which Wife Swap sued, claiming the show stole their concept, although Trading Spouses debuted first — featured a Ponchatoula family in one episode infamous for a hysterical matriarch, a self-proclaimed "God warrior," who went on a shrieking diatribe about her "dark-sided" host family. I presume the Wife Swap producers are looking for the same kind of fish-out-of-water realness. Click here for a totally bonkers clip from the episode (embedding is disabled for that video).

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