Entertainment behind the scenes
Singer Jessica Simpson has left some concert goers feeling like they paid good money for a bummer of a show, after she told an audience in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday that she felt like walking off stage. An entertainment editor at the Grand Rapids Press reported that Simpson took a swig from a water bottle while her backup singers took over lead vocals on one song, and that she had the band start over on another tune.
Simpson’s poorly received performance at the show, where she opened for country band Rascal Flatts, comes as the pop star recovers from last week’s media storm over photos that gave the impression she had gained weight. Even though stars like the curvaceous Kim Kardashian came to her defense, it was a rough week for Simpson.
Several callers to a Michigan radio station, linked to by entertainment site Radaronline.com, said they were disappointed with her show. One female caller said that Simpson “wanted to cry, she wanted to leave the stage, she was terrible.” A male caller said “she’s getting paid an arm and a leg … and she’s telling us while she’s up on stage that she wants to walk off stage right now.”
Simpson started her career as a singer, but ventured away from that endeavor to star in Hollywood movies, where she has had mixed success. Her turn in the 2005 movie “The Dukes of Hazard” generated strong buzz, and the movie made more than $111 million worldwide. But her latest movie “Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous” went straight to DVD on Tuesday.