Friday, April 14, 2006
American Idol -- My Two cents
Ryan Seacrest said Simon looks grumpy. No wonder: this is the worst batch of singers the show has ever produced. And now I have to recallibrate my claims about Idol being a variety show, viewers watching to hear a really good performance, etc. That ain't happening this year, but I still find the show as engaging as ever. So yes, those factors help, but they aren't essential. I guess ultimately it IS just a reality show. I could never be surprised that Bucky would leave, but I actually thought his performance of Fat Bottomed Girls was about as good as he'd ever been -- I actually understood a fair chunk of the words. And it's cruel, but I loved watching Ace's terrified deer-in-the-headlights look during the entire results show on Wednesday. Obviously, when he does get eliminated, it won't be such a surprise. And how much do the producers want to keep Kellie in for a few more weeks? You can tell the artists they love because the director pulls out all the stops with camera angles, lighting, editing, etc? And why didn't any of the judges mention how horribly out of tune, off key, pitchy etc she was during her performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody?" (And going back in time, why didn't the judges mention Taylor started singing "Take Me Home (Country Roads)" in too high a key?" And Simon was right about Daughtry. His 30 second performance of "Under Pressure" was terrific and hinted at the triumph he might have had. And what will our hard rocker sing during standards week?