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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Springtime Idoling

Okay. American Idol used to be my guilty pleasure but now I’ll freely admit that I’m a big fan, and have been for a long time. Every spring you’ll find me glued to the TV two nights a week, critiquing the performances and anticipating who will be eliminated this week.

I probably always say this, but I think this year is one of the best seasons yet. They’ve toned down the animosity between some of the judges, which always seemed too over-the-top to be real, added a fourth judge, and moved away from choosing an inappropriate final contestant.

I’ve never been very good at picking the winner, although I always have a couple of favorites. This year’s favs are Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert. These three have "mad skills" as the judges like to say, and their performances are a joy to watch.

Are you an Idol fan? A devoted watcher of another “reality” series, no matter what the season? Who’s your top pick?

Until next time,

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At 9:48 AM, Blogger PatriciaW said...

Big time Idol fan. Haven't missed a season. Only missed the auditions in Season 1.

Love Lambert and Gokey. Allison is growing on me, as is Anoop. Lil Rounds, an early favorite, has been disappointing.

But they all get major kudos from me. To do what they're doing takes big courage.

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Gillian Layne said...

I never miss NCIS, so I try to catch Idol on Wednesday evenings if we're home.

I hear good things about Lambert all over the radio. Did Simon really give him a standing ovation?

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Hi, Patricia (one Idol fan waving to another!)

I'm in total agreement about giving kudos to all the contestants. I'm especially impressed that these young people stand there every week and take major criticism with so much grace.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Yes, Gillian, crusty old Simon gave Adam Lambert a standing O on Tuesday night, and the other three judges joined him. It was a breathtaking performance and very well deserved.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger M. said...

I love Allison also. She looks so little and sweet, then opens her mouth and the most powerful voice of all the group comes out.

Is it just me or does Danny look like a blond Robert Downey Jr.?

Seems the judges feel Lil can do no right and Adam can do no wrong.

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Terry Odell said...

Oh, Gee Whiz. I don't Tweet, don't watch Survivor or the other reality shows (except for Top Chef) and have never seen (or particularly wanted to) American Idol.

I suppose someone's going to show up and whack me upside the head.

I only watch 2 or 3 tv shows as it is. (NCIS is one of the ones I watch)

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Trish Milburn (aka Tricia Mills) said...

I watched some early seasons but have fallen out of watching it. Takes up too much time. I typically watch Survivor, though I've only seen a few of this season's episodes.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

M., you're right about the judges picking favorites. I happen to agree that Adam is an outstanding performer - I'd actually pay to see him concert, which is not something I'd say about a lot of people who have already "arrived" in this business.

Lil Rounds isn't one of my top favorites, but this week I thought the judges were too hard on her.

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

LOL, Terry! No head-whacking allowed here.

I've never watched Top Chef, or any of the bachelor/bachelorette shows. To be honest, I'm not sure how I got into watching Idol. Just know that once I did, I was hooked!

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

I tivo my favorite shows and then catch up all at once. NO COMMERCIALS, that way I can fit my reading in too. I usually watch IDOL without commercials right before falling asleep. LOVE ADAM!! He's amazing. I like the three you named as finalists. I also like Chris but he needs to step it up. And Lil Round does have an amazing voice but she does need to find a song that she can make her own.

I'm get to go to Idol Rehearsals next Tuesday with my daughter in Los Angeles! Yay!

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Trish, I've never watched Survivor but I know it has a huge following.

Last year, or maybe the year before (?), I watched Dancing with the Stars when Marlee Matlin was a contestant. I was impressed and inspired that a Deaf woman could dance so beautifully without being able to hear the music. But I stopped watching when she was eliminated.

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Theresa! Idol rehearsals? I'm totally jealous!

Like you, I usually record the shows I watch - although I haven't graduated to tivo yet - and fast-forward through the commercials.

I tend to get way behind, though. I've taped all the episodes of that new show, Castle, but still haven't watched any of them.

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Lee, that's really weird because I have taped all of the Castle shows to and have yet to watch any! LOL

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

I never watch Idol, Lee, but I looove Top Chef and Project Runway, not to mention Clean House.

There are two other reality shows I love: The Locater, who reunites family who have been separated for some reason, like adoption. Very moving.

The other is I Survived, which merely shows a victim of crime or accident telling their story with flashes to the real locations. Very simple but very effective.

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks for the recommendations, Diane.

I love to cook, so I'm not sure why I haven't watched Top Chef.

I've never heard of The Locator, but it sounds like something I'd need to watch with a box of Kleenex.

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

When it comes to watching TV I feel like I'm a whole generation behind. -No, make that three generations behind because my grandmother never saw a TV until her hair was gray.

I can't remember a time when I really was hooked on a series. I enjoyed Magnum PI, and I'd watch when I happened to be around. Oh, maybe Dr. Gillespi. Loved Richard Chamberlain.

Today I'll watch CSI and that group, and The Mentalist. But like I said to hubby Tuesday night, "Which has more holes, a lace tablecloth or the plot of ths show?"

At 11:22 PM, Blogger MaryC said...

Like Trish, I wartched the early seasons and then fell out of watching, but this season Adam has me tuning in each week to see what he does. When Kara made a comment the other night about how she can't wait for the show each week to see what he's going to do, I thought YES, that's exactly how I feel.

I saw part of one episode of Castle and it seemed like fun. I'll have to try to get to see the otehrs. I'm totally hooked on LIE TO ME this season.

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Delle, TV can be a wonderful form of entertainment, but it can also be a serious time-waster. I tend to stick with the tried and true, and, like Theresa, I tape shows so I can watch at my convenience, minus the commercials.

Last night a new sitcom called Park & Recreation premiered. I saw the opening few minutes but wasn't impressed enough to keep watching. It's by the same people who produce The Office - which is one of my favorites.

Sometimes with a show like The Office, magic happens. The entire cast and crew click and everything works. With P&R, it's obvious they were trying to recreate that magic, but it didn't happen.

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

MaryC, I feel exactly the same way about Adam. All the contestants are amazing singers, but he's a total performer. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I'd pay to see him do a live show, and I don't say that about many musicians.

At 9:01 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Update: I went to the Idol rehearsals Tuesday afternoon and Adam and most of the others did even better in person. Danny's performance at the rehearsal was flawless and gave me chills but I didn't feel the same watching it live Tuesday night. Chris was the only one who did NOT do well at the rehearsals but he totally aced the song on the Live show!

The stage is sooo much smaller than it looks on t.v. As we were leaving they brought in a dog to sniff for bombs. Nobody is allowed to bring in cameras or cell phones. All in all it was a GREAT experience. I had a front seat to the right of Randy Jackson where Anoops friends and family sit. So much fun!

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Okay, Theresa. I am officialy green with envy! You and your daughter must have had sooooo much fun!

I really enjoyed this week's show, but not as much as the show last week. I was expecting the judges to use "the save," and they did. Which means next week's elimination drama will by multiplied by two.

And when I heard the theme will be disco, my first though was, I wonder what Adam will do!


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