American Idol was hot tonight. This is all I’ve been asking for the last ten weeks – fun! And it took Rock night to give it to us. It started with really liked the duet with Kris Allen and Danny Gokey – for the first time Kris Allen showed a lot of personality and Danny didn’t annoy me. I was confused at first (because I wasn’t really paying attention to Idol tonight) so I when I looked up and saw the duet I was like, huh? Whaa? But it worked really well. Simon’s comment about Danny being better ticked me off – Simon just can’t help pushing Danny no matter how ridiculous he sounds.
I’m thoroughly convinced that if people didn’t actually watch Adam perform and just listen to the vocals everyone would hate him just as much as I do. I wasn’t paying attention in the beginning and thought he sucked, but then when I actually watched him it was like “Wow” he’s awesome. He did work that Zepplin song and was kicking it in the Elvis black leather. Judges ate it up with a spoon and was ready to anoint Adam right, then and there.
Ah, it’s Tuesday night and time for the train wreck known as American Idol. As I said in a previous post, I watch Idol in the hopes that there will be that one special moment that wows me. I’m not holding my breath for it, but I’m hope springs eternal. They really are desperate for mentors this season, I mean QT a few weeks ago and Jamie Foxx? Yeah I get that he’s a classically trained Julliard Musician, he’s been in three “Musicals,” and I’ll acknowledge that he is accomplished (I even saw him at the Cinerama Dome once going into the gym) but it still seems weird that he’s the one giving advice. I really miss my DVR, I’m going to have to hook up my TIVO – I did bring it with me. First up is Kris Allen whose blandness is kind of growing on me.
Does a boring ballad, I’m shocked. I know this song, but I don’t know the name – Somewhere? He’s really good, but again it’s just bland in the beginning but has a really nice big band middle. Randy and his darn “He’s in it to win it.” Randy that phrase is not going to take off, “dawg.” Kara loved it Simon thought it was good, but not as good as the other judges and thought it was a bit wet. Said it was like taking a well trained spaniel for a walk and said he didn’t think Kris could win this competition. Simon has the two that he wants in the finals and no matter what happens he’s going to try get Gokey and Lambert there. But he is right, it was a good but safe performance. My grade B
Ok, I know I keep saying I’m through with this show, but there’s nothing else on television on Tuesday nights. What am I going to do? Watch Reaper? No, no matter how much I try I can’t get into that show and the fact that it’s doomed doesn’t make me want to make an emotional investment in it. Tuesday night is pretty much me complaining about how crappy Idol is and then watching a Blu-ray movie – tonight I’m going to watch Quantum of Solace. But before I get bored by that, I need to be bored by Idol. It’s Rat Pack night tonight, lets watch these crummy Idols sap all the fun and life out of these songs. So the top 5 is Adam Lambert, Matt “Justin Timbrerlake Wannabe” Giraud, Kris Allen, Allison and Danny Gokey. Wow, what a bad line up, I think tonight should benefit Matt the most that is assuming he actually sing the songs in the Rat Pack style but he won’t, none of them will. Once again, I have to ask what is the point of these theme nights if the contestants don’t have to at least sing the song’s in the appropriate style? Of course it’s the idiot Judges fault because they are always, “you have to change it, make it your own.” Translation, turn it into some crappy, sappy, safe elevator musiq. I really hate Idol, but I can’t turn away, there I’ve said it and admitted it. I’ll say how much I hate this show for the next 3 weeks but will watch it because I’m invested in it and because there’s nothing else to watch. I don’t think I’ll do an Idol Tweet tonight, but I’ll post a recap.
It’s official, being a critic requires you to be a closet masochist or is it sadist? I always get confused. Whatever the correct word is, I apparently love to punish myself by watching crap that I know is, um… Crap, that I really hate, but can’t seem to turn my eyes away from, especially if it’s free and as easy as sitting on my butt and shutting my brain down. I have tremendous will power when it comes to avoiding garbage movies because it requires a LOT of effort to actually go out to a screening or even see a film on opening day. Ok, not a LOT of effort, but it certainly costs money. But that’s not the case with television, just turn it on, and it’s there in the background while you are doing something else. This is the secret of American Idol’s success. Returning for an 8th season with a brand new fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi who adds absolutely NOTHING to the proceedings. It seems like the Producers hired her as a big F.U. to everyone’s favorite drunk, Paula Abdul.
After 7 seasons and hundreds of thousands of auditions, maybe it’s time for the Producers and fans of American Idol to come to the conclusion, that just maybe, maybe, there really is a very limited pool of talented singers that can be found and Idol has just about reached that nexus. I mean the people that they have put through this season would never have gotten through in previous years. There was the bikini girl from a few weeks ago, there’s the weird Spanish girl and the goofy guy with the hair this week, then the producers have some weird fetish for 16 year olds – girl or guy. And they always have. If you are between the age of 15 – 17, have some poise and can sing barely ok, you are almost guaranteed a spot. I think this is the first season that I’ve actually watched past the 3rd episode, generally, I watch the first 2 episodes and then lose interest until they get down to the top 15. It’s hard to get attached to any of these no-talent, no-body, wannabes. They spend way too much time on the bad singers, doing the lame profiles when you know they are going to end up blowing. Then after spending an hour watching all of these dreck singers, we find out, oh by the way “20 people got tickets to Hollywood.” Yes the bad singers are funny, in moderation, and this year the judges aren’t as cruel as they have been in the past. So if they aren’t going to be cruel, what’s the point of making the audience suffer? All four judges still come across as those annoying “hipster,” kids who think they are too cool for the room and are the gatekeepers to your entry into the cool kids table.
Again, this is when I say Kara adds nothing to the proceedings, other than Paula has been almost too quiet this year. It’s been primarily the Randy and Simon show. In the last installment Kara tried to show some personality and argue with Simon, but it seemed forced and scripted and there’s been no disagreements at all. There are four judges, so they never explained what would happen if it’s a split decision. Of course that hasn’t happened this season since all four seemed to agree on everything. I have no hope that this year’s Idol will be any good, at least talent wise, but it’s a free train wreck, and while I say I won’t watch again until they get down to the top 15. I am curious to see what exactly happens during Hollywood week.