February 14, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Society confidential: A local 'Idol' goes Hollywood

Malaya Watson, left, a member of Mosaic Youth Theatre, made it to the top 30 on 'American Idol.' (Mosaic Youth Theatre)

A local 'Idol' goes Hollywood

It’s bittersweet news for fans of the Mosaic Youth Theatre that Malaya Watson made it into the Top 30 on “American Idol” on Wednesday. The 16-year-old from Southfield was chosen for the finals thanks to her talent, helped along by that world-class Mosaic training. The bitter part: she’s one of the youth group’s lead singers, and because of “Idol,” Malaya couldn’t guarantee she’d have time to perform in the choir’s show “Singsation,” which is on stage March 13-16 at the Detroit Film Theatre. Next week, “Idol” goes to live episodes with 15 girls and 15 boys, and if all goes well, Malaya will be on her way to fame and national bookings.

Granddaughter of soul

The 2014 BET Honors paying tribute to Berry Gordy Jr. and Aretha Franklin features several other members of the Queen of Soul’s family, it turns out. Her granddaughter, Victorie, sings “Take Me to the King” as part of the tribute to Franklin, who has been giving her private vocal lessons. “Victorie is coming along very well,” Franklin said. “When I went to watch her in rehearsals, it brought tears to my eyes.” Victorie’s dad (and Aretha’s youngest son), Kecalf,also sings on the tribute program, which includes appearances by Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae and Smokey Robinson, and will air at 9 p.m. Feb. 24 on the BET network.

A fashionable dive

After he accidentally drove over a cliff in the British Virgin Islands a couple of weeks ago, real estate exec Doug Turnbull is recovering nicely, said his wife, Jaime Rae Turnbull. Judging from the message we received from Doug the other day, he’s in good spirits. “By the grace of God I’m still here, but the important thing is I was wearing a really fine white linen shirt and shorts when I crashed my truck over the cliff,” Doug wrote. “I was very well-dressed, and miraculously, I didn’t get a scratch on my face — so at 55 years old, I’ll still be looking like Cary Grant.” We wish Doug a speedy recovery.


Victorie Franklin will help salute her grandmother Aretha Franklin. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)
Victorie Franklin will help salute her grandmother Aretha Franklin. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)