Antony and the Johnsons meet American Idol.
In its seventh season, American Idol has mixed it up. They've added a judge to pick up Paula's drug-fogged slack and have cut back on the number of audition shows leading off the season, those horribly painful exhibitions where Simon Cowell's barbed and cruel wit are on full display. As such, the footage of Antony Hegarty-- transgendered, soul-searching and tender leader of Antony and the Johnsons, whose new The Crying Light is currently bowling over critics with its orchestral hum and restrained beauty--ended up on the cutting room floor. PW uncovered the transcript.
Simon: "Oh, good. What's your name?"
Antony: "Antony Hegarty."
Simon: "And where are you from, Anthony?"
Antony: "Antony. I'm from ... "
Antony: "Antony. No 'h.' Born in England, raised in San Jose, California. Now living in New York City."
Simon: "All right then, Antony. What are you going to sing for us today?"
Antony: "I'm going to sing an original, 'Another World.'"
Simon: "Well, that's unorthodox, but why wouldn't it be? You seem to revel in being unorthodox."
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