13 June 2010
Lynne and Tessa made a commercial Trailer for a new game for the Wii computer. As a side product this Karaoke Video was published.
18 Feb 2009
Tessa Watzik made an interview in an German TV format in February 2008 about her career as internet starlet. You can find the video with English synchronization here.
22 Jan 2008
Steffen Nork informed me that he plan to delete his old blogs form hos old website and I should save the interview with Lynne & Tessa. This was done. You find two of the interviews in english now here. A third interview is only available in german.
Lynne's Query and Answers
Before I was banned in the LynneTessa forum, I started a thread in which I asked for questions to be put to both Lynne and Tessa. This was met with a huge response from the forum members. I did pass the questions intended for Lynne along to her, and her responses are published below. I truly appreciate Lynne's taking the time to answer these questions for us, as well as her support of this fanpage.
Lynne responded to all the questions in German, so this page contains a translation of her responses. You can also view her original responses in German on the german page. I got help from a member of the forum, but since a contact with me is now dangerous, I can't thank him here. Those who would like to send Lynne a Christmas or birthday card can find information about how to do that here.
Questions adressed to Lynne & Tessa
Do you believe if you had not started the Lynne & Tessa video project and/or your website, that you and Tessa would still have had a falling out?
The whole video thing was not, in and of itself, important enough to destroy our friendship. One could say it was the catalyst, but it was not the underlying cause.
Why did you make so many videos in the beginning, and so few once you became well known?
We had no special system or timetable that we followed. One reason was that we had already made many of the videos before we came up with the idea to publish them. Some of the videos initially served as reserve stock. So, in the beginning, we had more material we could fall back on without investing a lot of time.
Was the selection of the music for the videos always a mutual decision, or did each of you take turns choosing the songs? If the latter, can you tell us who chose which songs?
I want to make it clear that "All the Small Things" and "Bring it all Back" were chosen by Tessa. For the rest, we chose songs that Tessa passably knew the lyrics to. I'd recommend a song, and she'd either OK or reject it, and I'd excuse her textual bloopers.
Do you have a good idea what you want to study (at the University) and when you will start?
No, unfortunately, not yet. I am someone who generally has trouble making final decisions, even rudimentary ones, so for the time being I will continue to work as a student intern/trainee at a local company.
When did you realize you had fans and were a kind of "internet celebrity"?
Well, we realized this when we realized it. I don't like the term "fan" even now: That sounds like you have fooled yourself into believing such things. I can't deny, though, that there is a certain interest in us, because the reports from Google Video clearly show that.
How has your everyday life changed because of Lynne & Tessa? (What have you done in the last weeks and months?) Followup question: Have you received any job offers out of this?
The radio station "YouFM" contacted us about promoting a Karaoke activity, and naturally we were amenable to that. Other offers -- how should I put it -- I've rejected some rather dubious offers, so far categorically. Other than that, I don't know what has changed, except that I sometimes get a strange feeling in a crowd: "Are they looking at me because they recognize me from our videos?"
How much time did/do you spend on the Website/Forum/Blog every day?
I don't punch a time clock, but it is typically a couple hours every day - naturally, though, there are exceptions. I also need some sun occasionally and to have some face-to-face contact with other people.
Have you had enough hype about L&T yet? Was that the reason for the separation?
No, the hype was not the reason for the separation (which, by the way, is still an inexpressibly horrible word to me). In contrast to the TV and Radio celebrities, you have a much healthier level of intimacy being only internet celebrities: If you don't want to be disturbed, you can always switch off the computer. At least I can state that, up to now, no one has ever stood at my door and tried to pass himself off as my son. Fortunately!
[Ed: This last part is apparently in reference to a German girl who tried to meet Paul McCartney by claiming to be his "forgotten" daughter.]
Are you religious? If so, which religion do you belong to?
No, I'm not religious. I do not see any reason for me to believe in a power other than myself. I am ultimately responsible for my own failures and good deeds. However, I do respect all faiths and I'm also interested in the motives of those who dedicate a large part of their lives to their faith.
Do you artificially whiten your teeth?
Now that's hilarious! No, I don't bleach my teeth. The last time I tried this was three years ago. Had the procedure worked, I could maintain today that my teeth were bleached. But I have to admit -- there are times I think it would be a good idea!
Why did you take "Lucky" and "What a Girl Wants" off the Internet?
Is it true that the Brittney Spears organization demanded it?
I say this again with a smile on my face: No one from Brittney Spears contacted us or otherwise complained about it. It was quite simply my own decision, because I found "Lucky" to be too dark and "What a Girl Wants" not all that funny. I realized at the time it was pointless to delete these videos, because they had been downloaded many times and I knew someone would just upload them again. But, for me, it was something I felt I had to do.
Tell us about the TV interviews: Does it take very long? Did you talk about what to say, or did you get a list of the questions, beforehand? What parts were not shown on TV?
The TV sessions... In contrast to the few minutes which were actually shown on TV, we spent hours at the filming locations. We did not talk about what we should say beforehand - why should we? There would be unexpected questions anyway and I think we handled them reasonably well. They never told us they were going to report that we earned millions of Euros from the Internet Shop on our website - indeed, we were never asked about it at all! Generally, we were surprised by what footage they chose to air.
It seems you were never told when your interviews were going to air. Why was that?
Why? I think you need to ask that question to the broadcasters. I can't answer it.
What is your opinion of the televised interviews, particularly with regards to the incorrect statements and comments about you?
In one sense, it is just dreadful to watch yourself on TV. But, in another sense, it is also extremely amusing, if that is possible. In the RTL interview, I looked like I had wads of cotton stuffed in my mouth - I should not have allowed them to film me from that angle. However, I do have those few minutes of my life recorded on tape - something I can show my grandchildren some day. Hopefully, they will get a chuckle at this part of my past!
Which "Intensive Courses" have you had in school? Will you tell us your average score on your University-entrance diploma? [Ed: I think "intensive courses" are like "advanced placement" or special-curriculum courses in American high schools.]
English and Art. I won't tell you my numerical score - some did worse than me and others most assuredly better. But, I do have my Abitur (my high school diploma), and the door to my future has been opened!
Will there be a new L&T video in the near future?
In the near future? No, I rather doubt that.
Questions to Lynne
I hear you have another tattoo besides the one on your waist. What do they look like?
Why did you decide to have them done? Did your parents agree? How did they react when you you told them?
I have another tattoo just below the nape of my neck. It is a Hinduistic symbol, which should bring me luck. This desire is one that I've had since I was a child, so it really wasn't a spontaneous decision. When I was 16, I asked my mother for her permission and went to a tattoo artist I trusted. My mother was quite scared when when she saw me sitting in the chair bleeding, but since she stands behind me 100% in my decisions, she respected my wish. When I was 18, I had my second tattoo done - this time without needing to get my parents' permission. It is indeed a wonderful thing to be an adult!
When is your birthday?
In January, 1986. The exact day is not important. But, I will mention that I'm born under the astrological sign of Aquarius, so there are not too many days left, people!
Would you consider starting your own blog?
Good question. I honestly don't know what I would write about every day. If there are enough people who would like such a thing, I suppose I would consider it. But where? And who can guarantee the readers would not be bored?
[Ed: I can guarantee you we won't be bored, Lynne!]
What do you think of making a "goodbye video"? (It would be nice to see you one last time.)
To be honest, I have not thought very deeply about this. My decisions are often gut level ones, and I ponder them too damned much already, so this question will likely whirl around unanswered in my head.
Could You answer these Questions on Video or correspondent to their Fans through videos?
No. I won't answer these questions on camera. Somehow the whole thing would be too static.
What advice would you give to people who want to post their own lip sync videos on Google / YouTube and survive.
It is most important to be able to laugh at yourself. Clear your mind of distractions about what the critics will say, because they will always be there. You can't please everyone, as the saying goes, so you have to just let go and please yourself. And finally, knowing and understanding the lyrics of the song is not a bad idea, either.
What are some good things that came to you from being very famous for a while? Is anonymity the secret to a long and healthy life? Would life be too boring without this kind of turbulence? Are you forever changed in some way?
No, the hype has not changed me fundamentally. You gain experience, but you must not forget that hopefully another long future is already at your door knocking loudly. And, so I enjoyed what I had, but always thought it would not last long. The TV appearances were not insignificant -- how many can claim that the media used them ad nauseam?
People watch the videos and then they post all kinds of comments on Google and in the forums. Some of the ramblings are very strange. Do you see any real harm in this? Is it just a natural phenomenon that should not be taken too seriously? Is it sickness? Please explain a little bit.
The internet offers a lot of anonymity, so it is quite easy for people to be uninhibited, and to project their own experiences onto others. The envious, the critics, the ill-tempered, and others, are always around, and the forum offers them a perfect platform where they can rant with impugnity. On the internet, you can say whatever you like, without the fear of retribution. So, I don't take their comments personally. These people don't really know me, so how could I be hurt by what they say about me?!
In the past you have said that the videos were made just for fun. That seems to be a very safe motivation because it involves no commitment, however as you became famous things grew more complicated and there must have been a lot of pressure on you to do things for other reasons. Can you talk about that a bit? Were the TV interviews done for fun or for some other reason?
Yes, the interviews... They were not much fun. The interviews were not easy once you realize that millions of people will be watching everything you do - instead, it was real work. I now understand the truth in the models' claims that they are not only bored and half starved awaiting their turn, but also energized to give it their all. The fun faded with time, only to renew itself with positive resonances again - something that eventually led to a rough equilibrium.
Will there be a chance to speak with you in another forum?
No, I don't think so. Before L&T, I wasn't active in a forum, and I doubt I will be active in one again.
Is the Lynne & Tessa lipsynching duo gone for good, or is this just a temporary hiatus?
There are certain questions for which one simply does not know the answer and, as such, it is pointless to try to concern one's self with such things.
Rod: Why Lynne doesn't answered me in other forum...it's because I'm a Brazilian ?!
Again, I have to laugh, and this time most heartily. No, my dear Rod, I didn't ignore you because you are Brazilian. Jeez, I *LOVE* Brazil! I honestly don't know why I didn't answer you. Was it perhaps because you asked me for my MSN address? I just don't recall...
Luther: What is your favorite cookie?