On this day in history:

August 13th, 2007 | In one of the WWE’s many attempts at spoofing pop culture, they held a “WWE Idol” competition during Raw. Of course, Jillian Hall competed, singing – and butchering – “Memory” from the Broadway show Cats. Judges Mick Foley, Maria Kanellis and William Regal were not impressed. Our ears were soothed, though, when Lilian Garcia competed later, belting out an impressive rendition of “New York, New York”.

What are your memories of this moment?

  • Don ?

    I personally liked Jillian’s bad singing gimmick during the first year but she should have weaned off of it by mid-2008. She wasn’t taken serious in the ring at all with the gimmick. I’m all for comedic heels, but at least be able to still kick ass in the ring. I genuinely thought she was going to turn babyface and defeat Alicia Fox for the Divas Championship until I heard news that Melina was returning.

    • jcott3

      Jillian intended the singer gimmick to be just a one-shot deal, as a jab at Brooke Hogan’s attempts at launching a singing career. Somebody apparently liked it and she wound up stuck with it. Between this and the growth on her face when she first came in, she never really had a chance.

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        I think her problem was if she wasn’t a joke of a character then she didn’t have much of one. She went for a while being JBL’s image consultant which was probably the best part of her career because she was taken seriously. Then after she was fired she had a very irrelevant face turn until they ended up turning her heel again and giving her the singing gimmick.

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    • In the beginning, the gimmick wasn’t all that bad. She got booed, but she was still a threat inside the ring. Top heel on SmackDown, and beat Mickie cleanly in her RAW 1 on 1 debut. But as time passed, it became more of a comedic shtick than a heat magnet.

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