So now apparently Alex is turning his focus to singing--a decidedly safer pursuit, assuming that he has learned proper from-the-diaphragm techniques and doesn't develop nodes on his vocal chords. (With Alex's luck as of late, I wouldn't be too surprised.) In fact, it looks like Alex's singing is going to earn him another shot in another 19 Entertainment/Nigel Lythgoe-helmed TV competition, since Nigel tweeted back in September during the early "American Idol" Season 11 tryouts: "Wow, Alex Wong just auditioned for #AmericanIdol. The boy has a good voice."
Alex's possible comeback as a singer, after experiencing so many setbacks as a dancer, is of course a PERFECT made-for-TV sob story. Producers just may milk it for all it's worth. So I will certainly be looking for him when "Idol" premieres next week. But considering that Alex has already gone ahead and released a new pop single, "Crave," it looks like the spoilers out there--that Alex didn't make it past Hollywood--are probably true, sadly.
As for "Crave," the snippet above is so AutoTuned, it's pretty much impossible to hear that "good voice" Nigel was tweeting about. And maybe all that robotic production is disguising some vocal shortcomings that led to Alex's reported early elimination on "Idol." But this all just makes me even more curious to see Alex's "Idol" audition, which I sincerely hope makes it onto the air. That being said, "Crave" is pretty danceable, which makes sense coming from a dancer--and hey, after all that Alex has been through, I wish him well in any avenue of entertainment he chooses to pursue.
Below is a little AutoTune-free, a cappella clip of Alex performing "Crave" in his living room, which gives a much better idea of his actual singing abilities. (Nigel was right; the guy's not bad.) Do you think Alex has what it takes to be an Idol?
Download/purchase "Crave" at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/crave-single/id494103348.