Rihanna Skips 'SNL' Dress Rehearsal, Fuels Drama
Disputed report: Lorne Michaels was fuming
"Saturday Night Live" viewers detected nothing amiss about this week's musical guest. Rihanna looked and sounded great while performing the songs "Talk That Talk" (teased with a snippet of her Chris Brown duet, "Birthday Cake") and "Where Have You Been."
But looking and sounding great was exactly the trouble -- at least if you believe TMZ. You see, Rihanna called in sick to dress rehearsal and, according to the usually accurate gossip website, this angered "SNL" producers -- including head cheese Lorne Michaels -- because she did not appear sick.
According to the report, Rihanna's choreographer danced to her songs in front of the live dress-rehearsal audience because the singer "just felt too ill to do it," even requiring a shot of penicillin backstage for a sore throat.
Yet the R&B star later performed on the Eli Manning-manned episode without a vocal hitch and, according to unnamed sources, was seen walking around and eating an apple between songs.
Skipping a dress rehearsal without being deathly ill is a major no-no in live television. It denies not only performers the chance to identify potential trouble spots beforehand, but also producers, directors, lighting and sound people, stylists -- pretty much everyone who works on a show.
"The staff was shocked," TMZ quoted an unnamed source, "and felt she didn't appear sick enough to have missed the dress rehearsal ... though no one from the show called her on it."
Most major Internet news outlets trusted TMZ enough to reprint its story unchallenged. Gossip Cop was the exception. Its own unnamed "SNL" source claimed that Rihanna's voice was genuinely jacked and that "no one at the show was upset."
The best gauge of which report holds more water will be whether Rihanna is asked back to "SNL" to promote her next album.
I don't think Rianna is all that good of a singer. Does she even write her music??? She doesn't have a very good aura about her. I can't peg it but she just seems so self-absorbed.