Twitter can be an ugly place, as Knoxville's "Duets" contestant Alexis Foster may be learning these days.
Judging from the Twitter universe, Foster, a Knoxville native and recent University of Tennessee graduate, didn't make a winning impression when she premiered on ABC's singing competition a week ago.
About a quarter of the tweets coming right after her first performance were positive. The other three-fourths had other opinions.
They criticized everything from her voice to her stance to the huge high heels she wore on stage.
Foster is paired with soul singerRobin Thicke. The criticism came after she and Thicke sang "Magic."
Don't fret, lady. It's all part of show business.
And don't dismiss the fact that judges Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and John Legend offered high praise.
The first contestant to be eliminated will be revealed in next week.
"Duets" airs 8 p.m. today on WATE, Channel 6.
This is her first national exposure as a singer. Foster has a degree in public relations from UT.
Having already done the recorded episodes of "Duets" (live episodes begin in June), Foster now wants to pursue a career in singing.
What do her parents — Dr. James and Dawn Michelle Foster — think about that idea?
"They are proud, but they are a little concerned as well," Foster says of her parents. "They have a lot of questions. I guess if I were them I would, too."
Tune in to see West Knoxville resident Scotti Whitmire play "Jeopardy!" (7:30 p.m. today, WBIR, Channel 10).
Her husband, Markus Iturriaga, was a contestant in 2010. He came in third, and he took in $1,000. Whitmire can't claim bragging rights in her household since she cannot reveal how well she did.
"He and I agree that it's harder to sit in the audience than being on the show," Whitmire says.
Why is that? "Because you are sitting there, knowing the answer. You wish you could send a message (to your contestant) telepathically," she says.
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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