Former Arlington resident Todrick Hall has turned his appearance on season nine of American Idol -- when he made the Top 24 but was eliminated before the Top 12 -- into YouTube stardom, churning out videos so quickly that we often can’t keep up. These aren’t the usual some-guy-with-a-guitar-covers-a-hit-in-his-bedroom videos, but full-on production numbers such as the outrageous Beauty and the Beat, a parody of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that’s at 1,335,159 views as of this writing.
As you might guess from that, Hall has a bit of a Disney fixation, which may hit its apex on the just-released Spell Block Tango -- a riff on Cell Block Tango from Chicago that features a half-dozen Disney villains singing “He had it comin’! ” as they justify the actions that got them thrown into the Captain Hook County Jail (because it was the Cook County Jail in the original, get it?).
Hall (who appears as Scar) has roped in some pretty big talent for this, including fellow American Idol alumni Adam Lambert (as Captain Hook) and Pia Toscano, as well as Glee’s Amber Riley and others. It’s one of his longest clips, clocking in around 7 minutes before Hall reappears to give everyone credit and plug their social-media feeds. The video, posted Monday morning, has already caught the attention of Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch blog.
Hall also thanks What the Funny, a website co-founded by Marlon Wayans that recently signed Hall to produce 30 original shorts aimed at a multicultural, urban audience. Those aren’t supposed to start appearing till 2014, according to RumorFix.com. Looks like Hall’s getting a head start.