March 17, 2005

Idiot Box

I'm not much of a television person. On average, there are perhaps two shows a week that I will watch with any devotion, and these only in season - I don't do repeats. I get my entertainment from other sources, generally, these being the computer, books, and watching my lunatic across-the-street neighbors cavort in their deranged Snopesian trashiness. I do watch some cable news programming, though - CNN, Fox, etc. - and I adore The Weather Channel with a hot passion.

Every year, I understand, this country goes nuts for American Idol. I've never been a fan, I admit, and I've never followed the show at all. Oh, yeah, in the past, I'd seen an episode or two; I was at a girlfriend's house getting ready for a Ladies' Night Out when Reuben beat Clay, and was browbeaten into watching the finale show in its entirety over cocktails. Yawn. I saw one episode from last year, concluded that all the singers sucked, and turned the television off. What can I say? It did nothing for me.

I had to watch this year, though. Mister MacFarland and I actually know one of the contestants, not at all intimately, and were begged to watch American Idol and vote for him/her by his/her friends and family. We caved to the pressure, of course, although we didn't watch the first few shows - Mister MacFarland can't stand the "open call" parts where all the really horrid people come out to play. He doesn't think it's funny (I sure do) because all those poor people (poor, my ass - overinflated egos that need a popping, bad) must be so embarrassed to see how horrible they are on national television (yeah, right - you know they love it). As soon as the real business of American Idol began, though, we watched. We giggled at ourselves for feeling so furtive about it, but we watched. And you know what? I like it.

Oh, sure - Ryan Seacrest is irritating, Randy says, "Dawg!" a lot, Paula is high, and Simon is...Simon. I hate how they drag out the elimination shows, and I'd like to slap the shit out of Constantine Maroulis, just to get that smirk off his greasy mug. All in all, though, it's very entertaining.

Our personal angle on the Idol is long gone (seriously underqualified to be there), but I'm still watching. Some of those kids have talent. Bo Bice? Yep. Nadia Turner? Yep, even though some of her facial expressions make me nervous. Carrie Underwood? Yep - if she can stop acting like a block of wood on stage. Anwar Robinson? Yep, but I don't think he has a chance unless he stops picking songs like a musician and starts picking for the lowest common denominator. After all, this is a contest for pop stars. The people want bubblegum, dammit.

Do you watch this show? Do you feel guilty about it? Who do you like for the top spot? Why?

Posted by Queenie at March 17, 2005 10:20 AM

I normally like to think of myself as a TV snob. But, in this case I'm not ashamed to admit I'm hooked on Idol, too. What the hell. It's entertainment.

I agree with your choices. Anwar Robinson has an amazing voice...probably the best of the men, but unless he really takes a risk and does something out of his safety zone, I'm not so sure he'll make it. Scott Savol has a great voice too, but he's definitely not a pretty boy. It's not that he's fat...he just doesn't seem to have that sparkle. Little, skinny Anthony? His voice doesn't match his looks.
Constantine and Bo...well, they're good, but not really 'pop' material.

As for the women, I personally like Michaela, although she's kinda screwed up the last couple of songs she's done. She doesn't seem to be afraid to put herself out there and do something different. Nadia probably has the best voice, although not consistent. I think Carrie Underwood should try Nashville if she doesn't win this. She's got that 'country' sound.

Posted by: Pammy at March 17, 2005 11:58 AM

I'm with ya on this. I've never been a big follower of American Idol. Though I LOVE the beginning with the shitty singers, I think tht's the best part.

I'm rooting for Bo Bice. He's the only long haired guy that's ever turned my key. He's got great stage presence and holds the crowd on almost every song that he does. I don't think he'll get it because of the "pop" value but that's my pick.

Posted by: dawn at March 17, 2005 01:15 PM

Barf me out. I can't even watch the ads for it. There's nothing wrong with that show that a few grenades and some machine-gun fire can't fix.

Posted by: Bane at March 17, 2005 02:24 PM

I had a friend of a friend who knew Justin from the first season, so that's how I got hooked. Apparently, I have some sort of genetic block wherein I can only get hooked on one "reality" show per season, and I haven't seen a single episode of AI this year -- because I already watched "Project Runway."

And I have to admit, I did really like watching the first few shows of the elimination because, well. . .it's like Karaoke. Without having to go to a bar. Heh.

Posted by: Margi at March 17, 2005 02:55 PM

Ugh. I honestly can't see how any of the modern, so-called 'reality' shows are entertaining.

But then, I only saw about 5 minutes of "Idol" and deemed it too stupid to watch. So I guess I didn't given it enough of a chance. And won't.

But then, there are a bunch of people keeping this shit alive, so I guess I'm right and the rest of the world is wrong.

Posted by: Dave S. at March 17, 2005 03:57 PM

It's not to late to pull this post.

Actually, I love seeing people get told their talents and skills suck toad dick. If only Simon would be so, ah, picaresque.

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