Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Emily of Go Betty Go on American Idol!!

Long story short: Darlings of Glendale, Go Betty Go started in 2001 with sisters Nicolette and Aixa Vilar, Betty Cisneros and Michelle Rangel playing their latin/punk-esque gigs all over Los Angeles. Nico left around 2006 and became a graphic designer and was replaced, after months of searching, with Emily Wynne-Hughes. Since Go Betty Go formed, they have played regularly at Universal City Walk, played on the Warped Tour in 2006 and opened up for Bad Religion.

Go Betty Go (Betty Cisneros, Emily Wynne-Hughes, Aixa Vilar)
photo by
George Mendivil

Which brings me to American Idol. Anybody see the season premiere of “American Idol” Tuesday night? Well, if you did, then you probably recognized L.A.’s own Emily Hughes, lead singer of Go Betty Go.

Out of THOUSANDS who showed up in Phoenix last July to audition in front of the judges, she was one of 27 people who got the ‘golden ticket’ to come to Hollywood, singing a badd-ass rendition of Heart’s “Barracuda” and the judges LOVED her.

She auditioned unbeknownst to her band members. As I watched, you could already tell she was gonna make it to Hollywood. You could usually tell when someone made it through the next round. As soon as they showed Emily’s story, complete with old childhood photos, sappy music and heart-warming storyline you just knew she made it. And that made me ALL the happier. YAY for Emily. Let’s wish her luck! (although there are rumors on the interwebs of Emily’s fate, I won’t spoil it here.) Either way, this could only mean good things for Emily and for Go Betty Go. Let's wish them all the best!!

Anyways, here's Emily singing my favorite Go Betty Go song, "C'mon." Enjoy!!