American Idol Primer
Once upon a time, I was very proud to be part
of the few on the planet NOT sucked in to American Idol.
That was until Chris Daughtry came along. One
night, while helping a friend set up a sound studio, we took a
break to grab some quick take-away food. We were
channel surfing and eating, and came across the train wreck
that are the audition shows. We thought we'd
watch for a quick laugh, and then Daughtry walked on and sang The Letter.
With that one song, we were in.
Over the past four years of watching Idol, my
faves have been, Chris Daughtry, Melinda Doolittle, David Cook, and last
Chris Allen. I guess I have a pretty decent track
record so far, though my luck in Vegas has sucked recently, so who knows?
I think the most exciting year was Season 7, with
Irish Carly Smithson, Aussie Michael Johns, the wonderful Jason Castro
who sang Memory and Hallelujah
so brilliantly, and of course, Cougar-bait David Cook. However, I could
how David Archuleta got so far. Maybe I really
have no clue at all.
This season, I'm not sure if I'm in or out. I'm
a little burned out on the show, and without Paula's insanity, it's been
That said, I think the addition of Ellen is brilliant.
She's honest, and funny, and Simon knows he cannot get away with belittling
as he did Paula. Kara is not as annoying as she
was last year - at least not yet.
I have to say - THANK THE GODS FOR TIVO! How on
Earth would I function if I didn't have this magical device???
This week's two reveal shows have been some of
the most painful in television history. They have to fill three hours to
24 finalists, so we're not only subjected to
endless Coke and Ford commercials, past footage we've seen a million times,
but the judges stretching out the YOU......(a
pause Harold Pinter would cringe at) .............ARE....... IN/OUT - to
the point of farce.
I love my FF button!!
I also LOVE the new Old Spice body wash ad campaign
- Hello Ladies. Look at your man. Now back to me.
Now back at your man. Now back to ME. OH. MY.
GOD. BEST AD of 2010!!!! I'm on a horse.
So - Season 9 Top 24:
Is Big Mike IN or OUT? On Wednesday the web was
a buzz with reports that his father had leaked out that his son had made
the top 24 before the airing of the show - which
is a huge breach of the confidentiality agreement, and because of this,
(awesome RnB singer who became a long-distance
first time father in the middle of one of the episodes - which is a producer's
wet dream), had been dropped from the show. Well
last night when they announced SEASON NINE'S TOP 24 - Big Mike
was still in the mix, and is also still on the
AI website as being in the top 24.
I'm in if Big Mike is in. As of now, there's not
much to be excited about, but then it's early in the season, and we haven't
seen them all. Just like last year, when Chris
Allen came out of nowhere since there was absolutely zero footage of him
audition process, there are faces which I don't
remember seeing - of course, I've been busy rewatching all five seasons
so I haven't caught every minute of the AI season
up until now either.
The ones I think are interesting and worth watching:
Big Mike Lynche - Very solid pipes and
presence, I think he'll easily make top 10.
Andrew Garcia - One of my faves since
he sang Paula's Straight Up and improved it by a bazillion%.
very interesting dude. I think he will also be in the top 10.
Crystal Bowersox - A blonde, mellow, Janis
Joplin. Love this girl. Guitar, harmonica, bluesy and brilliant. (Except
please cut down
on the smoking and clean
your teeth! You've got way too much potential to be ignoring something
Lilly Scott - White Haired, sober Amy
Winehouse.( ha ha ) Very
I also like Katie Stevens - a 17 year old, white
chick with the pipes of Etta James, and Casey James
- a sexy surfer dude who I think is going to
My luck they'll all get voted off the island by
St Patrick's Day and I'll be bored out of my mind.
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