The Squealing Image: Waxing Delirious for the Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers own the hearts of millions of teens, and Dick Cheney-- well, aren't his approval ratings somewhere in the teens? So naturally these formidable powers were obliged to converge at the White House yesterday.
The pop threesome -- in town for last night's Nissan Pavilion show -- aren't just boy-band sensations who also play ed boy-band sensations in the Disney Channel hit "Camp Rock." They're also children's health advocates ( Nick, 15, the cute one, has diabetes), which snagged them a policy briefing with senior staff and a PSA taping session on the South Lawn with Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. Alas, their Oval Office tour with the veep (whose granddaugthers are major fans) was off-limits to press, reports our colleague David Malitz. In fact, the whole thing was so low-profile that only a handful of superfans were there to watch Nick, Joe and Kevin slip from the White House into their Escalades on the way out. ("We're going to marry you in five years!" shrieked one devotee.)
But then it was on to Madame Tussauds, where it was a total madhouse. Scores of pubescent girls had staked out the downtown wax museum entrance all morning, with a mere 50 allowed in for the unveiling of, yes, statues portraying the pop stars who've portrayed pop stars. (So meta!) A black curtain covered the stage where all were set to appear, but every now and then, our colleague Marissa Newhall reports, someone would catch a reflection of something Jonas-like in the mirrored ceiling tiles, and then: Eeee! Eeeeee! EEEEEEEEAAAAAGH!
Finally the curtain fell, revealing the Bros next to their waxy doppelgangers. And then -- well, that was about it. All six pretty much just stood there, posing for photos and basking in the squeals of love for a few minutes. General consensus: "They look omigod so much like them!"
The Ex-Hostage, in a New Line of Fire
Jill Carroll, the journalist held hostage in Iraq for three months in 2006, is making a dramatic career change -- leaving the Christian Science Monitor to become a Fairfax County firefighter and EMT. Yesterday she began five months of training for her new job, the Boston Globe first reported.
Why the switch? Carroll, 30, who mostly avoided the spotlight after her release, did not respond to messages, and her former editors did not return calls. But this kind of mid-career shift is not unusual for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. "We get all sorts of folks -- people from the military, legal assistants, lawyers, management analysts -- who become emergency responders," spokesman Dan Schmidt told us. "It's a career unlike any other."
News and notes on the path to the 2008 nominations.
· "American Idol" Season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry has recorded a cover of "Feels Like the First Time" for CNN-- with the approval of band Foreigner. The 1977 song is the new theme for the cable network's League of First Time Voters initiative. So that's what the song's about!
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
· Eddie Vedder hovering in the 9:30 club balcony Saturday morning watching the young rocker-chicks-in-training (ages 8 to 18) perform as part of the Girls Rock! DC camp. The Pearl Jam frontman, in town for that night's solo show at Warner Theatre, wandered in with Fugazi founder Ian MacKaye , whose sister Amanda is involved with the camp.
· Together: Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie at her 50th-birthday party Saturday. Despite rumors that their marriage is on the rocks, the two celebrated at London club Volstead with 90 friends. "She looks better now than she ever has done," said Ritchie, reports the Sun. "I'm so proud. I love her so much."
· Paying out: Phil Collins, who set a British record with a whopping $46.7 million divorce settlement with third wife Orianne Cevey. The pop star -- married for six years with two kids -- is shelling out $2 million more than Paul McCartney paid ex Heather Mills.