What I learned from American Idol once I stopped pitching it....

Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen...more

Lady Gaga: Feminism Via Genitalia Footwear?

Is it possible that Gaga, who has been known to opine on such socially-charged issues as gays in the military and the unjust harshness of current immigration laws, was championing women’s causes by wearing the ultimate in feminist footwear?...more

American Idol Contestant Scotty McCrerry Pitches A Varsity Game (Not)

Back in February, the News & Observer wrote about a North Carolina high school pitcher named Scotty McCreery, who at the time was facing a huge dilemma. Should he choose between continuing the "American Idol" contestant process or return home to pitch for Garner High's varsity team. He picked the former and we now know that turned out to be quite a good decision. ...more

American Idol Recap: The Top 5 Sing Now and Then

Sheryl Crow must have a new album coming out. Yes, last night producer Jimmy Iovine was joined by Sheryl Crow in the coaching circle, and she was there with mic in hand, ready to sing back-up to our Idols (much as she did for Michael Jackson back in the day). Together they thought everyone was awesome and was going to have "a moment" -- which only means that they learned their lessons from Jimmy making a bold prediction that Jacob would go home last week....more

My preference is for Haley, but she has to go out and earn it by doing things that approach ...more

American Idol Recap: The Top 7 Finally Get To Sing Songs From NOW!

Thank God we get to hear new-fangled music, am I right? Last night's American Idol finally emerged from the 70s, and we not only survived, we thrived. I, for one, have been waiting to see these contestants as current pop stars over cover band karaoke singers for weeks now. Now, the evening started, somewhat mysteriously, with a performance by all the rejects to date, singing Pink's "So What." Five women and one very off-key (if you can even call that singing) guy sang it with gusto, if not tunefulness....more

The S.O. thinks Scotty is a "cartoon" of a country singer, and has the exact same reaction as ...more

American Idol Recap: The Top 8 Go to the Movies

I thought that this year the American Idol producers were going to change things up, but thus far the season's "theme nights" have been about the same as they ever were, and they've kept the contestants stuck in the past -- which is just weirdly anachronistic for a show that claims it wants to find the next big star. I don't know what decade the song Scotty sang was from, but other than that, I counted only one song from this decade....more

I was unimpressed with Casey's performance, both interpretive (what??) and musically ...more

American Idol Recap: The Top 9 Wanna Rock and Roll All Night

This week's theme for the Top 9 was to sing a song recorded by someone inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This was going to make it harder on the women, given the relative dearth of women inductees vs. men, but they all soldiered on. I am more curious about why the producers seem determined to not let them be modern. You can have Gwen Stefani help dress them. (BTW: How random was that, and how little airtime did she get, am I right???) You can have will.i.am there to "coach" them, but most of them still sang songs that were 20, 30, 40 years old....more

We both are tiring of the judges. We miss that voice of Simon who would call out the bad ...more

The BlogHer Community Picks Its Favorite Reality TV Show

In March 2011, the BlogHer community was invited to select favorite reality television programs(s) on the BlogHer.com weekly research poll. There were 9 choices for television programs, plus a 10th option stating “None: reality television is a symptom of the downfall of society. While a higher percentage (17%) chose “None” as an individual response, most people that took the poll did have a favorite ... ...more

I thought American Idol would suffer a rapid demise after Simon Cowell left but that hasn't been ...more

American Idol Recap: The Top 11, Redux

We're caught in an American Idol trap...Everyone's good, no one's great. And yes, I realized I should have quoted Elton John there, sorry! After last week's Premature Save incident, we're going the Top 11 again, and I'm wondering if the outcome will be any different? I'm thinking maybe not! But now I'm being premature....more

I waded in waaaaay over my head with that one, just going where my brain led me, and that is ...more

American Idol Recap: The Top 11 Tackle Motown

And it's true: The word "pitchy" wasn't heard once! Last night was Motown night, which means that the producers of American Idol are still somehow loathe to let their 20-something and younger contestants at all act their age. Steven Tyler may not be the bestest judge, but he does sometimes come up with, if nothing else, the headscratcher of the evening, and last night it was his description of Motown as "The Rhythm of the Kiss."...more

It's hard to get this season right b/c as you said, it's a talented bunch. I like Stefano, but I ...more