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> Derek Keeling fan thread, "Wholesome Danny"
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post Feb 26th 2007, 8:06 PM
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I still can't believe that with so many people rooting for Derek and him being one of the front runners there's stiill no fan thread for him!!!

This thread is for all of us who think that he's the best guy for the role of Danny
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DEREK KEELING

Nickname: "Wholesome Danny"
Age: 26
Occupation: Cater Waiter
Hometown: Charleston, WV
Audition City: New York

TRAINING:
Vocal: 6 years
Acting: 5 years, BA in theatre from Univ. of Kentucky

FUN FACTS: He is a Sagittarius. He used to be a drag racer!

When Derek first moved to New York three years ago to pursue acting he could not afford furniture, so he slept on the floor for the first three months…he's now the proud owner of a proper bed and a $10 a chair. He shares a tight four-bedroom one bath apartment with three other aspiring performers. Currently he works for a company that decorates several store fronts and hotels, he was fired from his last job as a waiter; they could tell he wasn't that into the work and became so angry over his firing that he walked into an overhang in the subway and knocked himself out.

Growing up he lead a fairly normal life: getting picked on by the other kids until he grew considerably, playing video games and filling in his attempt at a moustache with black mascara. Coming from a small town in West Virginia, Derek relies heavily on his families support. During Grease Academy his father barely slept, so nervous was he that Derek might get sent home early. Dancing since the age of five, Derek's father tried to sway his interest in the arts, pointing out that he was the only boy in a class of thirty girls…Derek's reply, "That's the reason I love the class." His dad is now his most vocal supporter, bragging to any and everyone about his son's skills and successes. Even though Derek calls himself a working actor, he hasn't had a paying gig in New York…but he has played Danny in a few productions of Grease including a travelling tour from 2004-2005.

Derek's biggest challenge thus far has been "dropping everything and moving to NYC with very little money and no where to live" so that he could pursue a career in theatre. His biggest focus is keeping his voice in good shape; it's more of an obsession (he refrains from drinking anything with caffeine for fear it may dry out his voice.) Formally a runner, a sport he loves, Derek was told if he continued to run he would wind up in a wheel chair by the age of 25…he's extremely protective of those things which he loves. Currently single, he recently broke up with girlfriend of three years in August. He's now completely committed to "making it."

Derek's Grease experience has been stressful and amazing...he says he didn't get a lot of sleep during the week of Grease Academy, but he has become more and more invested in the show and doing well.

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Favorite TV show: "Friends" and "Lost"
Favorite Actor: Kevin Spacey
Favorite Actress: Toni Collette
Favorite Singer: Frank Sinatra
Favorite Group: U2
Favorite Foods: Salmon and chicken pad thai
Favorite Musical: Jekyll & Hyde
Favorite Color: UK Blue

Info taken from NBC.com

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post Feb 26th 2007, 8:21 PM
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Oh.. meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee w00twave.gif He is my favourite 'Danny'. wub.gif He's pretty hot too. drool.gif fear.gif


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post Feb 28th 2007, 6:43 AM
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yay! I'm glad someone started one for Derek! Derek and Chad tie for my favorite men...I'll definitely be checkin in here. Gotta heart.gif this guy...so adorable!


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post Feb 28th 2007, 7:21 AM
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I was gonna start it, but I thought I was going blind and didn't see it or something.... because SURELY he'd have one by now, right? I mean, you'd think...


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post Feb 28th 2007, 12:20 PM
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Derek was one of my early favs but he kinda disappointed me on duets' night blushing.gif

I still love him and think he has probably the best voice there. He looks very confident on stage and is quite a hottie shifty.gif Hope he does great this week. thumbsup.gif


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post Feb 28th 2007, 12:56 PM
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QUOTE(cleodeo @ Feb 28th 2007, 12:20 PM) *

Derek was one of my early favs but he kinda disappointed me on duets' night blushing.gif

Wow, I thought he did great on duet's night. And Kate too. (soooo disagree with the judges)


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post Feb 28th 2007, 3:16 PM
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he disappointed me on duets night, but I thought they gave him a song that just wasn't right for him, so I blame it on whoever gives songs. lol! I can't wait for his (and Chad's) performances this week!!


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post Feb 28th 2007, 3:18 PM
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QUOTE(FunkyFrankie @ Feb 28th 2007, 7:56 PM) *

Wow, I thought he did great on duet's night. And Kate too. (soooo disagree with the judges)


I was really disappointed with his vocals that night crying.gif - he was out of tune almost the entire song and some moments were just pinch.gif The first 3 duets were absolutely amazing and the last two just couldn't compete with them.
But as I said - I still think he's one of the best singers there and I'm looking forward to his comeback this week icecream.gif


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I LOVE DEREK! heart.gif


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post Mar 1st 2007, 4:43 PM
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He has a website!!! It's www.derek-keeling.com check it out!!!!


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post Mar 1st 2007, 5:07 PM
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QUOTE(hello_world409 @ Mar 1st 2007, 4:43 PM) *

He has a website!!! It's www.derek-keeling.com check it out!!!!

eeeeek. That's so cool. w00t.gif w00t.gif I want one of those shirts. "Derek is the one that I want". innocent.gif


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QUOTE(FunkyFrankie @ Mar 1st 2007, 5:07 PM) *

eeeeek. That's so cool. w00t.gif w00t.gif I want one of those shirts. "Derek is the one that I want". innocent.gif


laughing.gif Can I say that about all the guys that are left wub.gif innocent.gif


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post Mar 1st 2007, 9:58 PM
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QUOTE(hello_world409 @ Mar 1st 2007, 5:08 PM) *

laughing.gif Can I say that about all the guys that are left wub.gif innocent.gif

You can. tongue.gif But, Derek is the one that I want. wub.gif


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who wouldn't wanna piece of him!!?
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I hope they put some yummy pics on his site soon whistling.gif icecream.gif


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QUOTE(vavera4ka @ Mar 2nd 2007, 1:00 AM) *

who wouldn't wanna piece of him!!?
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Nooooo idea. But he's soooooooo, yummylicious. drool.gif Wow, hottie. spaz.gif spaz.gif spaz.gif wub.gif


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yay! I can't wait to see him on tonight...sooo beautiful! I hope he gets to do a fun song again! wub.gif


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post Mar 4th 2007, 7:24 PM
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ok... those pics are huuuuuuge... so i'm posting the links
Derek as Danny Zuko
and another one
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he's perfect for the role!!! wub.gif wub.gif


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post Mar 4th 2007, 8:25 PM
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OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. Derek & Laura!!! spaz.gif spaz.gif HOT performance. wub.gif


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how gorgeous was Derek!!! His voice still cracked but I thought overall..he did well!


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