Elimination Night: A Novel

Elimination Night: A Novel

by Anonymous
     
 

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"Crew to be forbidden to make eye-contact with Artist AT ALL TIMES," reads the contract of one of the talent judges on the smash TV show Project Icon. In Elimination Night, we get a peek at the deliciously outrageous machinations—the ego clashes, the meltdowns, the cover-ups—that go on behind the scenes of the talent shows we've become

Overview

"Crew to be forbidden to make eye-contact with Artist AT ALL TIMES," reads the contract of one of the talent judges on the smash TV show Project Icon. In Elimination Night, we get a peek at the deliciously outrageous machinations—the ego clashes, the meltdowns, the cover-ups—that go on behind the scenes of the talent shows we've become addicted to.

Our guide is the coolly observant Sasha, who—like the heroines of The Devil Wears Prada and The Nanny Diaries—has a peon's-eye view of a glitzy world that both repels and fascinates her. This hilarious take on talent in the age of celebrity culture will change the way you watch American Idol and Dancing With the Stars.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This trivial behind-the-scenes look at a talent show takes jabs at American Idol. Project Icon has lost its star judge, the snarky Nigel Crowther, and after many mishaps replaces the show’s judges with Joey Lovecraft, “the devil” on the panel, with a history of drug and alcohol addiction that led to the demise of his band; Bibi Vasquez, a pop singer famous for her big rear end; and session musician Jason Dee turned JD Coolz, the overweight “American everyman.” The narrator is Sasha King, called “Bill” by her boss because she is assuming the duties of the ailing male assistant producer, the lackey in charge of rallying the big egos as they continuously stir up trouble on- and off-set. The transparency of the book’s American Idol characterization is annoying and uninspired. Attempts throughout at satire, not only of television and reality television but also of corporate and American culture (a big corporation is called “The Big Corporation,” for instance) fall flat. The odds that this book will be eliminated in the first round are high. (Jan. 8)
From the Publisher
“Anyone who has ever watched American Idol, and that will be almost everyone, will have the immense satisfaction of the ‘inside scoop,’ real or not.” —Kirkus Reviews

Elimination Night is as absorbingly entertaining as a certain televised singing competition. The anonymous author's biting roman à clef may seem fueled by hyperbolic satire, but that is the only rational response to the manic microcosm it depicts. Even a noted curmudgeonly judge from the U.K. would have to pass this full-throated send-up on to the next round with flying, hilarious colors.” Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil

Library Journal
Released by a Houghton Harcourt imprint distributed by Amazon Publishing's East Coast Group, this is a roman à clef by someone working behind the scenes at a top TV talent show—here called Project Icon. With a 100,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
Written anonymously (by an insider?), this thinly veiled account of American Idol's first season with Steven Tyler and JLo is a hilarious tour into the world of reality divas. Sasha King is a recent college grad working on her Novel of Immense Profundity. While struggling on the second paragraph, she takes a position at the Rabbit Network as an assistant's assistant, but when her boss, Bill, becomes injured, Sasha (known as the new Bill to everyone on set) becomes the acting assistant producer of Project Icon. Since the flaky judge disappeared and the mean judge, Nigel Crowther, left to start his own talent competition, Project Icon is in the hot seat; ratings have been down, and they need to find two judges before Rabbit's owner, Sir Harold Killoch, cuts the show. After the kind of surreal demands only the most childish humans--stars--can negotiate, rock icon Joey Lovecraft and actress-singer-merchandiser Bibi Vasquez come on board. The novel's impersonation of Steven Tyler's verbal gymnastics is so dead-on, so charmingly nutty, kudos are in order. Bibi Vasquez (the JLo stand-in) comes off less attractively--as a driven, foulmouthed hunter, out for blood, even if she's not sure why. The most sneering portrait is reserved for the show's host, Wayne Shoreline, a workaholic sociopath who is sexually neutral and whose culinary tastes are satisfied at the pet store. Occasionally, Sasha has a few moments to devote to a personal life: trying to reconnect with her stoner boyfriend in Hawaii, working on her novel (which consists of deleting most of the first paragraph) and even finding happiness tentatively with an LA guy, found by her nosy Russian landlord. But of course, even Sasha knows her life pales under the starlight of the Icon universe, what with the drugs, the sex and the scandal lurking at every turn. Anyone who has ever watched American Idol, and that will be almost everyone, will have the immense satisfaction of the "inside scoop," real or not.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547942070
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

“Anyone who has ever watched American Idol, and that will be almost everyone, will have the immense satisfaction of the ‘inside scoop,’ real or not.” —Kirkus Reviews

Elimination Night is as absorbingly entertaining as a certain televised singing competition. The anonymous author's biting roman à clef may seem fueled by hyperbolic satire, but that is the only rational response to the manic microcosm it depicts. Even a noted curmudgeonly judge from the U.K. would have to pass this full-throated send-up on to the next round with flying, hilarious colors.” Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil

Meet the Author

Anonymous is a writer with first-hand knowledge of the behind-the-scenes workings of a top TV talent show.

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