Yes, my Michigander bud Dean Esmay has made it safe for us oldies-but-goodies to admit they watch it. Yes, we do. I found it by accident in the middle of Season #2, one day when I was channel surfing for something that wasn’t Law and Order.
That was the year they were sooo close, that everybody was holding their breath Clay vs, Ruben. Skinny white guy vs. hefty black guy. Some were attempting to make a racial issue out of it, but in the end, I think somebody said, it’s down to the pre-teen and teenaged girls with their cell phones. Who do they love?
I missed Season #1 entirely, and never have had much an impression of Kelly Clarkson. She was off-key and amateurish when she appeared on #2, and her subsequent single reminded me of an asthmatic trying to sing. Maybe somebody thought it was sexy – who knows?
Last year – Season #3 was entirely forgettable. I even forgot Fantasia, the winner, until I saw her on a daytime talk show while languishing in an $8 special-offer hotel room in Laughlin Nevada last week. I thank the Powers That Be in the American Idol machine that made her get rid of that nose ornament. She was always picking at it – that I remember! She’s a serious blast from the past tho, the era of Aretha, Gladys Knight, and Tina Turner.
This year I’ve seen so many good performances it’s really worth watching!
We are such addicts of this show, we stayed up to watch it waaay late, on Nevada time, no Eastern feed on the satellite dish, despite the fact we awakened at 4 a.m. in Prescott AZ, and drove for several hours, and spent the day walking miles to dump our nickels and quarters in their less-than-forthcoming machines. We were beat, but we saw it, by golly!
(Sayonara, Laughlin! Guess that will be our last trip. We’re certainly no high rollers, but we’re in the long tail…)
Anyhoo, I digress.
I agree with Dean –– Bo Bice maybe, but really anything goes this time. If either Bo or Constantine can manage to sneak in a good ol’ Bob Seger tune, or one by Seger's east-coast affiliate, Springsteen, then maybe we might have something! Bo could kick ass on Night Moves. Whew!
I will always be a loyal fan of Bob Seger. Why? He was my first.
First interview, that is, as a high school journalist who had no idea whatdaheck was goin’ down…
BTW -- whazzup w/Simon? I've almost always agreed with him until this time. He's gettin' soft, me harties!
All kidding aside, the American Idol series is so much like like the writing biz it isn't funny...most submissions, any publisher will tell you, are pure crap. The excellent, the wonderful, the not-to-be-put-down book are as hard to find as the American Idol.
If somebody did the same thing with books, they would need to go through thousands before they found 12 that would be readable, and maybe only one that would be a bestseller.