So much to wish and hope for in the new year…but I guess the most immediate would be to make sure “Tonight’s
gonna be a good night”! (Truly Julie with Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo on the left) And to lead a more purposeful life such as Jane Goodall…who’s devoted her whole life to preserving our wildlife. Oh…and since I am a giggle maniac…I’d love to embrace more humor a la Kathy Griffin or Chris Rock. I’d also like to be more bold and fearless e.g., Ricky Gervais. And on the career front…I’d love to mix it up all the while never mince a word i.e., Ryan Seacrest.
And in 2012…I’d also like to embody William W. Purkey’s quote: “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”…case in point…the Glee cast!
Work ethics wise…I aim to not settle for complacency…such as Steve Carell. He walked away from his hit show “The Office”…because he felt unchallenged and wanted to grow. That’s inspiring. Oh…and I hope to be as hard working as Joan Rivers…who at age 78 could still kick my butt. Also in 2012…I hope to continue crossing paths with those who are the best in their niche i.e., Simon Cowell & LA Reid…and who knows…maybe their “X factor” will rub on me:)
Health wise…my wish is to be as strong, supple…and..auh…sexually vigorous…as sex therapist Dr. Ruth! Also in the new year…I hope to be as innovative as James Cameron and fashion icon Patricia Field. These folks always think outside the box. And I also aspire to be an urban super woman…a la my sister Grace Sun and Rosanna Scotto. From designing to blogging to mothering…Grace is always 10 steps ahead. Rosanna is the unofficial mayor of NYC all the while getting up at 4AM everyday to co-host Good Day New York…she is the ultimate mother hen at Fox 5…and to her nuclear family at home.
I’ll also continue to refine my dorkiness …because like Zooey Deschanel…it’s cool to embrace your inner nerd. And I figure what makes me different and quirky…will be the unique factor that takes my game to the next explosive level…maybe like Paula Patton! From starring in “Precious” to “Mission Impossible” to being married to Robin Thicke…she’s on it! Life is about finding “Your Song”…and I hope mine becomes a hit like one of Elton John’s master pieces:) Hmm…what else…maybe in the new year…I’ll cook more…e.g., Guy Fieri. OK…now that’s just crazy talk…so I better end on a strong note. My goal for 2012 and beyond is to have the kind of lasting love found by my parents 40 plus years ago and raise a healthy family! Happy New Year!!!
Part II of The X Factor finale was a nail-biter and an awesome concert! I almost threw my neck out bobbing my head so hard during 50 cent’s performance. Come on…you know “In Da Club” is the ultimate dance jam! Melanie Amaro is the first X factor winner here in the US…and after getting to know her a bit this week…I’m pretty confident she’ll wear the crown well. The 19-year-old is full of faith…brimming with humility…determined beyond measure…oh…and that victorious VOICE. Here are some snapshots from the X Factor grand finale red carpet…andclick here for my interviews with The X Factor stars just moments after the big show. And tune into Good Day New York Friday morning to catch so much more (yes..that means I’m sleeping for 2 hours tonight and reporting back to work)!
Truly Julie with judge Paula Abdul….host Steve Jones…..judge LA Reid!
Truly Julie with runner up Josh Krajcik. Sweet Simon giving Truly Julie a peck!
L.A. Reid is quickly becoming one of my favorite people. It doesn’t matter that he signed Justin Bieber or Rihanna or Mariah…he’s so real. When the cameras aren’t rolling, L.A. is quite generous with his sage advice. I feel like I’ve gained so much from our brief encounters. I won’t share the words of wisdom he gave me on love, life and success, but I’ll say this loud and clear: his mentor group on The X Factor is in good hands. You’ll see the mentoring episodes in the next few weeks. After the open audition episodes will come bootcamp…then, mentoring at each of the judges’ homes. Click on the picture to catch my latest interview with L.A. Reid.
I’m in LA this week covering all the new Fox shows for this fall…including the X Factor! Reunited and it feels so good (insert Peaches & Herb tune)…the lovely Paula Abdul is back with Simon Cowell…and she says The X Factor will prompt some serious tears. And smiles:) Believe it or not..she says Nicole Scherzinger cries more than she does! Paula just finished taping the “Judges Home” episode, where she mentored 8 contestants at her home…then whittled it down to just 4 contestants! Catch all theThe X Factor action when it launches September 21st on Fox.
Mark my words…Steve Jones, the handsome host of The X Factor, will be the biggest star in the US, and perhaps the world, in a year. He is the whole package: wits, charm, looks, and heart. But don’t look for this dream boat on twitter…he’s quite anti. This is Steve and me doing our best “Zoolander” face. After all, this Welsh lad was discovered by Elle magazine! Lucky for us..he parlayed his modeling gig to hosting what will be the biggest show on television. The X Factor is going to crush it!
I also have huge respect for LA Reid. What a classy, genuine guy. He helped usher the career of…well…Usher! And so many others e.g. Justin Bieber, Pink, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and the list goes on for miles…and yet, he’s still so nice and real. I really look forward to seeing him mentor/judge on The X Factor. He’s also a skilled drummer…so I hope to one day hit the sticks with him!
The Fox Fall Junket also celebrates the new season launch of returning shows. Expect Glee to shed some of its glamour..and get down to the basics of character and relationship development. Expect less celebrity guest stars, homage theme episodes and more family! I’m told we’ll meet the parents of the main characters this season. I ran into Lea Michele (AKA Rachel Berry) at the Fox Eco/Casino Party. She just got back from New York Fashion Week…so she was beaming with wicked style. She did that J.Mendel dress proud.
More pics from my LA adventures in the picture gallery below. More to come tomorrow as well!