Move over newcomers, this season is the season of the seasoned. This year, quite a few stars (and inaminate objects) are making solid attempts at re-presenting themselves to the world. Britney spears, Eminem, Pink, Lance Armstrong, and Battleship (yes, the board game!) are just among the many making their re-debut this year.
- Britney Spears has got to be the most talked about has-been ever. Both before she did those VMAs and after. All that drama with her kids, K.F., her hair, and hospital visits kept the camera on her long after she had lost all that fan base for her music. But who pictured Britney Spears could've even attempted a comeback? Certainly not me. This didn't stop the ex pop-princess from doing the 2007 VMAs as a 'comeback'. Y'know, the one with really bad lip sinking, even worse dance moves, and a confused Britney who seemed not to care about her performance? Having seen this first incident, I didn't have much hope for her second go at it, even with all of the media hype about it being her re-entry into our living rooms, for good this time. This didn't stop me from gluing myself to my couch with a bag of microwave popcorn and my fuzzy slippers, however. Surprisingly, a shiny Brit Brit accepted three VMA awards. She's also supposed to preform her song 'Womanizer' on the UK TV talent show 'X-Factor'. Judge Simon Cowell is not nervous about her reputation as...well..crazy. In fact, he says it just makes her more interesting (source). I can't help but think that's a business opinion, not the personal opinion of Cowell. Despite the fact that this comeback is striking a much cleaner note, it's still not as successful as her reps would have liked. 'Womanizer' isn't doing as well as they thought, and they decided to put off the date of it's release in order to release the best version possible. Hm....maybe Brit Brit should stick to being a mommy and an auntie for now. Who knows though, she is marketable, and people are curious.
- Eminem fans can stop wishing, Slim Shady is on his way back. 50 Cent turns to tabloid informer, telling press that Eminem is, in fact, writing a new album. This would be the first one since Encore, which was released in 2004. Four years is a lot of time for someone as big as Eminem to disappear completely. Kinda makes me wonder weather or not he'll carry the same inspiration. Should we expect slightly angry family rants and political opinions? I don't know weather I want him to be the same (I liked him before, I'd like him again if he was), or weather I want him to have evolved as a person and as an artist into something a little different, like PATD did with their separate albums. Of course, 50 Cent isn't to blame in discarding E's cover. No, that honor goes to the artist himself, really. 50 may have said more then Eminem, but Eminem said it first. It is true, however, that 50's accounts of E's recent studio time were more solid and definite. He's back, moms, turn that sensor back on.(Source).
- Okay, so Pink doesn't really need a comeback. She's a rock star, and she hasn't shaved her head or disappeared completely from earth recently. In fact, next to the rest of Hollywood, she's a regular Mary. Despite the fact that it wasn't an official comeback, or a needed one, Pink's performance of 'So What' at the 2008 VMAs makes the list. It was the first time I'd seen or heard of her in a while, or thought much about her, and the song was good. I liked it, anyhow, and downloaded it soon after the program aired.
- Lance Armstrong. Think about that. The first things to come to mind are probably cancer, bicycles, and, maybe, if you're from Texas, water conservation. The almost 37 activist/cyclist has decreed that he shall try for an eighth Tour De France title. Whoa, buddy. Usually, athletes retire at relatively young ages. It's the main argument of mom's worldwide to get their sons and daughters into good collages and to drop dreams of being athletes professionally. Not this one, however. Lance is making a cycling comeback! News of him biking again also brings out rumors that he plans to run for governor in 2010. This is unlikely. He doesn't deny or confirm the possibility for 2014 though. Lance Armstrong, governor. Wouldn't that just tickle McCain? After all, the man must be sour against people like Armstrong and Schwarzenegger, what with his anti-celebrity anti-Obama campaignes a while ago.
- Not much to say here. Battleship. I had a battleship. Haha. The game, which was popular thirty and fourty years ago, has made it's appearences in Batman Forever, Toy Story, Lois and Clark, NewsRadio, and Cybill. That's a lot of appearences for just one board game. I wonder if it's tired, lol.(Source).