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BS On Me RE: Archusuckuleta
So Suckuleta came in second. I must say that I am completely surprised. Maybe all of his little girl fans couldn't stay up late enough to vote for him 10 gajillion times? Regardless, I am shocked that David Cook won, and slightly sad, because I won't get to hate on Archusuckuleta quite as much as I would have had he won.
OK, let me just start by saying: Having the show open and having someone else say "THIS is American Idol", someone other than Ryan Seacrest? BAD IDEA! Don't you be messing with that tried and true part of your formula, AI. I am fascinated by how important Ryan makes that statement sound every single week, and so are lots of other people.
And, ignorant question here...isn't that guy they had an announcer for wrestling? Not boxing? And if so, am I the only one who thinks it's weird to have a wrestling announcer when the theme (the stupid stupid theme) was boxing?
First DWtS, now AI...what happened to these promising season? What a terrible week on AI. Seriously, could they have picked lamer songs? The judges, the contestants, the producers. Lame.
And I did the math, by the way: This is the semi-finals, but they kept them to a minute thirty. So in an hour show, 14 minutes is singing. We know 20 minutes is commercials. That means 25 minutes is pure crap.
Grumble, grumble. Again.
Well, i guess I'm obligated to soldier on despite my personal resentment, so here goes:
New Wave, Reggae, Doo Wop, Soul, Folk...I heard about everything except rock and roll, how about you?
Sigh. This is the American idol season that simply should have been better. Early promise has fizzled into mind-numbing same-ness. I am disappointed in you, my little Idol children.
Last night each contestant performed two songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of 500 most influential songs. So, can I start off by saying I am shocked that "Hungry Like the Wolf" is even ON that list?
An no one cared, not even the chair.
I'll admit it, I didn't have high hopes for Neil Diamond night. He of the bombastic ballads and cheesy uptempos. Not that I can't think of Neil Diamond songs I like, I can, but I was pretty convinced none of the Top 5 would actually choose those songs. (Note to David Cook: Why you wouldn't sing the Chris Isaak version of Solitary Man, I have no idea.)
Bias check: Yup, I'm one of those effete musical theatre snobs who idolizes Sondheim and loathes Andrew Lloyd Webber.
I lived in NYC in the late 80s and was pursing that starving artist dream, mostly focused on Broadway musical theatre glory. Sad to say there was very little Broadway glory to be found in those days, and I really lay much of the decline of innovative and original Broadway work at the feet of god old ALW. It was he and his producing partner who introduced the concept of the "blockbuster" to Broadway, and figured if they gave people some kind of spectacle, be it falling chandeliers, helicopters landing on stage, women belting it out at impossible registers and the like, they wouldn't notice the derivative music and florid lyrics.
Sadly, he was right about that.
And much as you'd expect, ballads ensue.
I have no problem, per se, with Mariah Carey. I even likes me some...that's some...of her ouevre. And I can respect her success, and the fact that she was actually writing or co-writing much of her material dating back to her teenage debut. And if Mariah really worked with each idol to find their own melodic takes on her material, than more power to her.
Can I just point out that this is a really dark and morose group, if we judge by which songs they think are "inspirational." I knew I liked them for a reason.
OK, I'm all for charitable programs, obviously (have you donated to our BlogHers Act/Global Giving program yet, have you?) but why should they necessarily be accompanied by treacly music? Seriously, a night of "songs of inspiration" was not filling me with joyful anticipation. Does that make me a bad person?