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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Loggins Robs The Cradle On MTV

I'll be honest, I was never a big Twister Sister fan, but I think Dee Snider's son got robbed on MTV's "Rock the Cradle" tonight.

Jesse Blaze Snider lost in the fan vote to Crosby Loggins, Kenny's son.

Based on showmanship alone, Snider was the better of the two. His shirtless rocked-out version of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" was great fun to watch. But the subdued Loggins won the $100,000 and recording contract. You can call him the reluctant winner. He told the Associated Press after the April 3 premiere that he had turned down an invitation to appear on the show three times, before finally agreeing to do it.

My guess is that Jesse Blaze Snider, who writes and sings with Baptized by Fire (BFX) will have a long rock career... maybe as long as his father's...

Did you watch? Did you think Loggins deserved to win?


at 5/09/2008 1:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John - Stick to journalism and leave the rock 'n' roll to the rest of us. Jesse Blaze Snyder is a one-trick pony. Showmanship? Sure. Abs? Check. Voice? Average at best. Dude can get up there and belt out some crappy covers. Hooray. Send him to the local dive and let him sing some karaoke.

This was a contest for a recording contract and ol' Blaze doesn't have the chops to record an album full of original music. Crosby Loggins not only has the chops - he has already put out an album, his debut "We All Go Home". Check it out. The kid is a star in the making.

Loggins proved he could sing, play acoustic guitar, tear it up on an electric, play piano AND he writes all his own music. He's a trained musician (what a novel concept!) and has been touring the past few years.

Showmanship is only one small aspect of the game. Crosby will become more of a showman like his old man when he learns to let loose and be less introspective. He has what counts -- the chops. Everything else will come in time. The kid is the complete package and was BAR NONE the most talented 'artist' on that show.

Crosby will be more impressive with one song on his forthcoming CD than ol' Blaze could've done wih a double-album.

The right man one.

Oh yeah, and Twisted Sister sucks. No mystery where the one-trick pony learned his schtick. After 1984's "Stay Hungry" (featuring 'We're Not Gonna Take It' and 'I Wanna Rock'), Dee Snider and band absolutely FACEPLANTED with a horrendous, career-killing cover of "Leader Of The Pack".... - C.R.B (San Diego, CA)

at 5/09/2008 9:16 AM Anonymous Rebecca said...

Absolutely Jesse got robbed... Crosby sounded like he was singing out of his nose like some sort of skinny, dorky whale the whole season! When he tried to sing Believe by the Bravery, I wanted to throw up a little in my mouth! Thankfully I had DVR'd it & could fast forward through his butchery of the song... Carnage!

at 5/12/2008 11:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"His shirtless rocked-out version of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" was great fun to watch."

Granted, I did not watch the show...but I can't believe someone I like to read actually wrote that sentence.

at 5/21/2008 12:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

For one Jesse should have won. Crosby was off key with certain songs. And for another note, it is BAPTIZED BY FIRE (BXF) not Baptized by fronts. You need to get certain things straight before you write them.

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