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The former Danity Kane singer on her new show, her struggles and a new beginning on her terms
You may know her best for her time in Danity Kane on MTV’s “Making the Band,” but Aubrey O’Day wants you to get to know the real her in her new show, “All About Aubrey,” which premieres March 7 on Oxygen. The singer, actress and model spoke with MSN TV about her comeback, what it’s like having cameras following her around all the time and whether or not she’s spoken to her former boss, Diddy.
MSN TV: When we last you on TV, you were on “Making the Band” and being let go from Danity Kane, what have you been up to since then?
Aubrey O’Day: I did Broadway, starring in “Hairspray” as Amber Von Tussle, and then I went to “Peepshow,” and in between “Hairspray” and “Peepshow,” I did the cover of Playboy. So I spent about a year and a half of the show on stage, and then decided that I wanted to get into the music industry – that’s where I enjoyed myself the most – but the things I didn’t enjoy, I wanted to make sure I got rid of this time around, so I’m re-entering the music industry on my own terms, and you see all that on “All About Aubrey.”
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Tell us a little bit about the show. What can fans expect?
For the most part you’re just going to see the real me. The interpretation of me in the media is far off from what I really am. You’re going to see me coming back into the music industry. The basic first step into the door, which is writing, recording, making music. I get back together with Gil who is Janet Jackson’s choreographer, also did Danity Kane and is now my solo choreographer. I get back with my manager, Johnny Wright, who is responsible for the Backstreet Boys, *N Sync, Justin Timberlake, Jonas Brothers and Janet Jackson’s career. And then I get back… [in] the studio and start making music. And you get to see my friends — my best friends, Stephanie and Tiffany and then Krystal – and you get to see immediately what I battle right out of the gate, which is weight issues.
What’s it like having cameras following you again?
I love it! When I was a little girl, I always used to pretend that cameras were following me. I’d go and try to make my life fun and interesting. It’s funny how it just naturally became my reality. It’s my destiny to continually show my trials and errors all over national television.
Are you doing a lot of writing right now, and any plans for a tour?
I’m definitely writing and producing and making music. You’ll see the outcome with the music on my show, so I don’t want to give too much away, but I definitely will be going on tour. I love my fans and I love going to them and performing for them, so I can’t wait to do that.
If you had to pick a song of yours that you feel defines you, what would it be?
“Goodbye Heartbreak.” You’ll hear it on “All About Aubrey,” and basically I wrote it about letting go of the past, letting go of my past with Danity Kane, my past with a lot of my issues I have with my family, letting go of the bad and the negativity and the things that get you down and the heartbreak, really being able to move through it and get to a better place.
Do you keep in touch with the girls from Danity Kane at all, and have you spoken with Diddy?
A few of us keep in touch, and you will see one of them make an appearance of my show, and you’ll also see me reach out to Diddy for the first time since I was kicked out of Danity Kane.
What’s one thing fans may not know about you?
I’m a big nerd. I have never been cool a single day of my life, and I certainly don’t want to start now. (Laughs).
What message do you want to send to your fans?
I think my message and my motto in life is exactly what you’ll see on the show, which is always get back up. Meaning, you can fall down a million times in life and that doesn’t define who you are, it’s how you get back up, and you have to try to do it with grace and poise and respect for yourself and the people around you. And also with the utmost belief in yourself because at the end of the day, people will disappoint you constantly and the person who will always have you back and protect you no matter what, unconditionally, is yourself, so you really have to believe in yourself and love yourself more than anyone else does.
“All About Aubrey” premieres Monday, March 7 at 10 p.m. on Oxygen.
Aubrey visited Covino and Rich’s radio show today in New York to promote her show premiering in less than an hour! The host and Aubrey viewed Chris Brown’s leaked photos and apparently she thought it was small. Homegirl must have been getting some from an alien on Mars or she is just a size queen. But I have to say, it’s looks a bit malnourished…whoops. Photos coming soon.
Aubrey O’Day has a particularly contemporary problem: Having been transformed into an actual entertainer by a reality show, and then having transformed herself into a tabloid celebrity, she’s attempting to relaunch herself as an entertainer on another reality show.
The attempt is chronicled in Oxygen’s new series “All About Aubrey,” which is a cut above most similar celebrity vanity productions, but just barely. O’Day’s hunger for fame is so obvious that it comes across as guileless. And she reveals enough vulnerability and talent that viewers will find themselves rooting for her, probably despite themselves.
O’Day was a member of the girl group Danity Kane, which was put together by Sean “Diddy” Combs for the MTV reality show “Making the Band” and then, defying all expectations, scored two No. 1 albums. Conforming to all expectations, the girls began bickering, and O’Day was kicked out of the group by Combs on TV.
In the premiere, airing tonight at 10, O’Day says that after a few years of paparazzi-driven fame for being famous, she has decided to work seriously on her solo career. “I’m coming for another 15 minutes,” she says. She introduces us to her manager, her vocal coach, her choreographer, her stylist and her hair stylist, usually with a list of their other famous clients.
Her manager, Johnny Wright, tells her that for a few years, it seemed that she was just trying to get her name in the media. O’Day responds that for a while “celebrity was paying and artistry wasn’t.” No one points out to her that this is still largely true.
As is customary in this type of show, O’Day has recently acquired a live-in hanger-on, a friend and former magazine editor named Krystal. Krystal immediately grates on O’Day’s best friend, Stephanie, but fortunately, this doesn’t overwhelm the show.
The friends’ dialogue is sometimes so awkwardly delivered that, in combination with the visuals of overly made-up girls in flashy clothes and bad lighting, the show starts to feel like a pornographic film. In the tease for upcoming episodes, we see Krystal and Aubrey taking a picture of themselves naked in a sauna.
One of the drawbacks of celebrity life, evidently, is that your friends won’t lie when you ask them if you need to lose weight. Krystal says O’Day could stand to lose 5 or 10 pounds. Her choreographer, Gil Duldulao, says, “Wow, honey, you’re looking a little hefty there,” and says she could lose 10 or 15.
O’Day’s resistance to improving her diet is usually played for comedy, but in a rather moving moment, Gil makes her wash off her makeup and stand in front of a mirror in her bra. Though she actually looks prettier and is only overweight by Hollywood standards, she starts to cry.
“It’s not easy to have to be anorexic all the time,” she says, adding that the skinny girl from Danity Kane is “not who I am anymore.”
But we’re not really getting a serious look at the sorrows of stardom. Much of the action is the usual celebreality filler.
O’Day goes on a bad double date with Stephanie, who nags her for always looking for bad boys. In the most contrived moment, O’Day tells Krystal, who is acting as her assistant in lieu of rent, that she wants to preserve her male dog’s sperm.
When the collection kit arrives, the women discuss the procedure graphically and then enlist O’Day’s hair stylist, Cesar, to lend a hand. The scene leaves something to the imagination, but in this case, that makes it worse.
Despite this new low in reality TV, viewers will probably finish “All About Aubrey” liking O’Day a little more than they did before. It’s nice to think that if artistry doesn’t work out for her, she’ll always have celebrity to fall back on.
Aubrey O’Day’s world crashed when she was fired on-air by Diddy on MTV’s “Making the Band” in 2008. Now viewers will get to see the next chapter in the wild child’s life as she picks up the pieces and moves on in her new reality series “All About Aubrey,” premiering tonight at 10 p.m. on Oxygen.
The ex-Danity Kane singer chatted with Rap-Up TV about the show and some of the candid moments you will see including recording her solo album, learning choreography, and performing, leading up to a showcase for the major labels. She also reaches out to former Bad Boy boss Diddy for the first time.
While she may have gone solo, the Playboy cover girl still has hopes for a Danity Kane reunion in the future. “Most of us all stay in touch and talk all the time,” she reveals. “I would love to bring it all back and get all the girls back together and have another little Danity Kane moment in life.”
Find out what Aubrey’s been up to in the studio in the next part of our interview, coming later this week.
Check this hilarious video of Aubrey answering questions from Popdust.com’s Magic Box. The video also shows us a new clip of Aubrey recording a brand new song. Loved the Nancy Grace impersonation! PS: Don’t forget All About Aubrey premiers in less that 10 hours!!
Check out this exclusive sneak peek of tonight’s episode of All About Aubrey! we see O’Day reunited with vocal coach Doc Holliday, who fans will remember from her first reality-TV stint on MTV’s “Making the Band 3″ with Diddy. Like he did on that show, Holiday has no problem keeping it real, in this case, giving Aubrey some rather constructive criticism after a vocal lesson. “Not bad, not bad at all. Look, you’ve got a nice voice, Aubrey, but you haven’t been working it out — it’s a muscle,” Holliday says. “You know how I am, I’m not gonna screw around with you. If you’re willing to do the work, I’m willing to commit to it, OK? Are you willing to do the work?”
“It’s a really great story for anyone that is struggling or has gone through periods of time where they didn’t know that they would make it through or they lost hope that the things that they really wanted would ever happen for them. And it really shows how important believing in yourself is,” O’Day told us about the show.
Though “All About Aubrey” will features new songs from O’Day like “Automatic” and “Goodbye Heartbreaker,” we wanted to know when to expect a new album.
“You’ll have to watch the show and wait and see for any further musical info because the show is about me fighting to get my music in front of all of the labels for potentially a record deal,” she teased.
I am ecstatic that Aubrey is working with Doc again. I’ve always liked him better than Anhrak or whatever his name was.
Reality television gave us Aubrey O’Day, the glamorous, difficult frontwoman of the as-made-on-TV girl group Danity Kane, selected by Diddy on MTV’s “Making the Band” in 2005. And it gave Ms. O’Day a high platform, from which she could gracelessly stumble back to earth.
That collapse was the golden era for Ms. O’Day, who fell victim to a particularly modern blend of hubris and Internet-gossip-fueled fame. She was a favorite target of Perez Hilton in his mean days, a reliable generator of tabloid gossip and a case study in career mismanagement.
Ms. O’Day was a signature reality-TV-era wreck, just without the benefit of a show of her very own. The numbing “All About Aubrey,” which has its premiere Monday night on Oxygen, arrives after the drama has subsided — too late, perhaps, despite Ms. O’Day’s boast that “I’m back, bitches! I got me another 15 minutes!”
It’s hard to be interested in a show about Ms. O’Day’s climb back up when she has already established herself as an auteur of freefall.
“All About Aubrey” is a makeover show masquerading as a celeb-and-friends ride-along. Think of “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew,” or “The Biggest Loser,” or maybe “Extreme Makeover: Fameball Edition.” Ms. O’Day has third-rate sidekicks who, emboldened by the cameras, try to become sound-bite philosophers; a closet full of tacky dresses and shoes; and hopes of returning to the spotlight as something other than a train wreck, though there’s nothing here to suggest these aren’t just delusions.
Those around Ms. O’Day prefer harangues, speaking mercilessly about her weight, which has swelled since Diddy kicked her out of Danity Kane. “Get your body right,” her manager, Johnny Wright, says. Gil, her choreographer, gasps, “Wow, honey, you’re looking a little hefty there.” Her friend Tiffany playfully kicks her in the derrière, then says she’s “got a lot of cush in there.”
The words seem only to drive Ms. O’Day to food with more gusto. She’s like an actress putting on weight for a role, shown scarfing down muffins and, in one scene, dripping ice cream onto a banana and, well, you know what comes next. “Nothing fills voids like food,” Ms. O’Day insists.
Before a dance rehearsal Gil, the most sensible of her coterie, goads her into washing all the makeup off her face. She looks, of course, immeasurably better without, even through the waterfall of tears streaming down her face.
Ms. O’Day’s ostensible goal here is to secure a record deal, though this awkwardly filmed, clunkily arranged show will probably be more successful, or entertaining, if she fails. She displays only flashes of the radiance that marked her as a star early on “Making the Band”; now she’s most compelling as she fumbles.
All of this isn’t to say Ms. O’Day doesn’t have a great show in her. She comes alive when interacting with her dogs, little screechy white rapscallions with flamboyantly dyed hair patterns: fuchsia on Ginger and lavender for Mary Ann.
She asks Krystal, her roommate-personal assistant, and Cesar, her hairdresser, for help in freezing a sample of Mary Ann’s sperm. (Yes, Mary Ann is a boy.) Ms. O’Day holds the dog prone and baby-talks to him while the unlucky friends collect the sample. It’s fascinating and grotesque. Next year, on Animal Planet?
ALL ABOUT AUBREY
Oxygen, Monday nights at 10, Eastern and Pacific times; 9, Central time.
Aubrey’s official website, www.aubreyoday.com, crashed tonight due to large amounts of people trying to access the website. Oxygen must be doing something right because her site never crashed like this before even when she got fired from Danity Kane. Keep it up Oxygen!
I made an official thread in the forums for you guys to discuss during the premier of All About Aubrey tomorrow. If your still not a member by now (your really lame), its never too late and we’d loved to hear your opinions! Sign in or register and go to the “All About Aubrey” section….the post is pinned so you shouldn’t miss it! Also, the titles for the 2nd and 3rd episode are Fans and Foes and Aubrey vs. Perez, respectively.
Check out all of the pictures from the All About Aubrey Premiere Party last night by clicking the images above to head over to the gallery. Aubrey and the girls were looking gorgeous as always, I love how they co-ordinated their colour palette for a cohesive look.