When the number of people who have extended their High School Musical" fix to books, CDs, live tours and school productions is added in, the figure is probably close to the number of people who have seen the Mona Lisa in person, in books or on cocktail-napkin reproductions since the 16th century. But I"m not 9 years old, so please don"t force me to tell you that all seven trillion of those people are wrong.
"High School Musical: Get in the Picture," running Sundays and Mondays on ABC, is a competitive talent show with a vaguely misleading title. Teenagers from all over the country audition, not to be featured in the coming "High School Musical 3" but rather to appear in a music video that will run during the credits. As the host, Nick Lachey, explains, the students are vying for a chance to be part of the " 'High School Musical' family." Given that, contestants are judged not merely on their ability to ability to sing "Proud Mary," "My Sharona" or songs from "The Lion King," or to break dance as if it were 1985, but also on their "strength of character." I guess this means that later, when semifinalists retreat to a training camp, anyone caught stealing someone's training bra is tossed into the gutter, a six-octave range be damned.
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