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THE 13-YEAR ITCH Daaaaaaaad, stop embarrassing me with your tacky engagement and fake pregnancy!
So with the possibly voiceless Rayna out of the Red Lips, White Lies tour, elderly 24-year-old Juliette must resort to asking American Hitmaker runner-up Layla Grant to open for her. It's either that, or open herself for Edge Hill's new score, country megastar Luke Wheeler. Ooh, a new love/hate interest for Juliette. Delicious.
This way, Layla can appease Juliette's tween fans with her reality-TV-ready persona and googly eyes, and then Juliette will swoop in to sing the new, elevated material that the fans don't want. Nothing about this bodes well....
Scarlett is the runner-up Debbie Downer of the episode, acting as if a photographer's request that she at least try to have fun at a promo shoot is a sucker punch to her pristine, doily-white, innocent soul. Is she under the impression that the entire country music industry takes place within the Bluebird Cafe (oh, and no photos allowed there either)? "They were poking me," Scarlett complained to church singer Zoey (girl's got pipes!).
Okay. First of all, that woman at the photo shoot barely adjusted her boobs. "We need to perk the twins up!" she announced, and then she just sort of batted them around once or twice. How did that help? Lazy boob adjustment.
Secondly, that photographer was awful. "Layla, you're a natural! Reminds me of a young Juliette Barnes!"
Finally: Shut up, Scarlett! Get in the game! "If you're not having fun, then you're doing something wrong," points out Zoey, who clearly would trade weaves with her childhood best friend in a heartbeat. The two find their fun in a sloshed karaoke duet on the Supremes' "Come See About Me." Been there!
NEXT: Avery/Gunnar bromance in the works