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I can't watch it. The fake suspense. The bad singing. The good singing of musical styles I don't care for. Etc. I did, however, attend a concert last night by recent winner (?--because I don't actually pay attention) David Cook, because my niece & her friends wanted to go. It was OK.

My worst inspiration has come up with the best idea for a TV show ever, though: CSI: American Idol. Every week, contestants sing. Randomly, one will be gruesomely murdered (you'd think it would be the worst, but we must have suspense), and the CSI's will discover the murderer by examining close-ups of a lot of grotesque, decaying body-parts. Also, snarky judges, one or two of which may also die. It will be so popular that it will run five nights a week, probably on three networks. Thank you--just send me the royalty check and mourn the death of art.

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I watched all season, then missed the final show! I did see the performance show on Tuesday, but had to be at a screening last night. No DVR in my world, and no VCR, so

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waitaminnit - what's this about adam's sexuality? what? huh? :shock:

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I never understood the "it's a lock for Adam" sentiment. Where did this come from anyway, just the judges persistent fawning? Like Christian, when I heard that only a million votes separated them the week before, and Gokey's votes were the ones up for grabs this week, it seemed like Adam should have been the long-shot, not Kris.

Of course, I've already seen the "he lost because he's gay" and "Kris won because he's a Christian" responses that you could've pretty much written before we even knew the winner. I'm sure there were "Adam won/Kris lost because of the gay vote" stories ready to be published just in case. Basically, any time anyone loses something (or in this case, the person they're pulling for loses), it's up to the losers to come up with 1000 reasons they *really* lost that enable them to still feel superior to the winners.

I've got one theory. Adam lost because he frequently used his considerable vocal abilities to simulate the sounds of a wailing banshee instead of actually singing the songs. It's not a race to see who can hit the highest note the fastest and hold it the longest. His ridiculous vocal range became a crutch he used in every performance.

And if I was an actual AI voter, and not just a casual viewer, I would've dialed in 4 votes for Kris myself, one for each of the judges who smugly told us all season long that we should feel honored just to be witness to Adam's presence. But I guess that's theory number two.

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<!--quoteo(post=198444:date=May 21 2009, 10:43 AM:name=MattP)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (MattP @ May 21 2009, 10:43 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=198444"><{POST_SNAPBACK}></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->I've got one theory. Adam lost because he frequently used his considerable vocal abilities to simulate the sounds of a wailing banshee instead of actually singing the songs. It's not a race to see who can hit the highest note the fastest and hold it the longest. His ridiculous vocal range became a crutch he used in every performance.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Thanks for saying what I�ve thought all season. Every time I watch Adam Lambert sing, I laugh. Yes, he�s impressive and can sing WAY UP HERE, while staying in tune. But I listened to a lot of glam metal singers in the 1980s who could pretty much do the same thing, and yet music critics never, ummm, rallied around those singers.

Adam is very poised, has great stage presence. He�s a star. I thought he would win. I was never a big fan of Kris Allen. He�s alright, but I assumed the girls who watched �AI� found his puppy-dog good looks simply a-DOR-able and gave him their votes in huge numbers.

And yet, I�m glad Kris won. I�ve read speculation that he�ll become the next Taylor Hicks (who I actually kind of liked for a while, until I got sick of him) � a nonstarter marketed more as an Adult Contemporary artist than as a pop star. Maybe that�ll be the case, although my guess is that Kris will be successfully marketed as a John Mayer type of singer � adult contemporary, but Hot Adult Contemporary.

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And yet, I’m glad Kris won. I’ve read speculation that he’ll become the next Taylor Hicks (who I actually kind of liked for a while, until I got sick of him) – a nonstarter marketed more as an Adult Contemporary artist than as a pop star. Maybe that’ll be the case, although my guess is that Kris will be successfully marketed as a John Mayer type of singer – adult contemporary, but Hot Adult Contemporary.

I'd assumed the same kind of career for Kris - that he'd try to be John Mayer but isn't distinctive enough to make it work. I don't think he'll go the Taylor Hicks route, because unlike Taylor, he doesn't already look 45. But after watching last night's show, I really think he'd be smart to think country. Not Randy Travis country, but more contemporary rock/country. It was brilliant pairing him with Keith Urban. He's got the background, looks, and sound to fit extremely well in that world. I think if he has any chance to become a star in his own right, that's where it is.

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I am still reeling from the discovery that Kris Allen is a guy. Seriously, I saw the name all the time, and say that it was connected to AI...but I just assumed "Kris" must be a girl. :)

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Minister Provides Spiritual and Financial Assistance to 'American Idol' Hopefuls

The "American Idol" ministry continues.

The wife of a southern California preacher -- who says she was "sent by God" to provide spiritual and financial help to the show's contestants -- attended last month's Hollywood Week tapings to support the newest members of her flock.

Over the past four seasons, Leesa Bellisi and her husband Denny have opened their two Los Angeles homes to the families of Jason Castro, Syesha Mercado and dozens of other hopefuls, while their kids sang for votes on TV's biggest reality show.

"The Bellisis provided not only shelter, but plane tickets and general aid for "Idol" families at loose ends," author Richard Rushfield reveals in "American Idol: The Untold Story," out next week. . . .

Fox News, January 10

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The NY Times loves Tyler, and I agree.

I watched the show tonight, and have seen two or three other episodes.

This was the season Idol was supposed to fall apart. The final nail in the coffin, or at least another nail. But it turns out Tyler and Lopez are better than the judges they replaced, and the show has wisely tended to concentrate on the good singers rather than the clowns this season. It's all been to the good.

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Katharine is "working on herself," according to <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/05/24/D8HQ4R781.html" target="_blank">this</a> AP story:

<i>McPhee fan Tess Kleinhammes was upset at Cowell's statement.

"I didn't think that was fair at all," said the 13-year-old, who had flashed a sparkly sign in support of McPhee. "I think Katharine is better than Taylor. She's one of my role models."

When told about Tess' support of her, McPhee said, "I love being a role model. It's still a man's world in society." Her advice: "Girls should keep working on themselves."

Which, she said, she's done herself.

<b>"I've been through many therapy sessions ... It's an ongoing struggle to work on myself." </b> </i>

--God bless her and all, but it�s gotta be tough to be so beautiful AND talented, right?

My imagined counseling session:

<b>Katharine:</b> �Doctor, I have a bad self-image. What can I do about that?�

<b>

Male Counselor:</b> �Did you say something? I was too busy staring into your doe eyes, mesmerized by your lovely cheekbones and flowing hair.�

<b>Katharine:</b> �I�m already feeling better, but may need to come back for many therapy sessions��

Goin' to the Way Back Machine to pull up this comment, which I was thinking about while watching the premiere of Smash on nbc.com. I'm happy that McPhee has found a suitable vehicle for her talents. The show seems promising. It has everything that annoys me about Glee, but it has a seriousness and relatability (is that a word?) for people who are ... ummm, grown-ups, rather than teens. So score one for Smash. It might be all downhill from here, but the premiere's a'ight.

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I'll be watching Wednesday night's premiere. For the first half hour, I'll probably have both of my two daughters watching along with me. I know the show is the same ol', same ol' to most of us, but to them it's still "new" and exciting. Plus, I watch no other TV shows with my kids.

I just hope the focus isn't on spats between the new judges.

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What did you think? My oldest daughters became fans of the show three years ago (and went to the touring show the year Scotty won), watched it less compulsively last year and didn't watch last night at all, as my oldest is snowed under with play practice and homework.

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I watched the entire thing. It felt like more of the same, but as for the judges, the big surprise was Nikki Manaj, about whom I know very little (not even how to spell her name, so forgive me if I botched it). After a tiresome opening 10 minutes focused on spats between her and Mariah Carey, the panel settled down and Minaj started to tell contestants things that were substantive. Or, things that seemed substantive relative to what the other judges had to say.

Keith Urban has potential to be the voice of reason on the panel. I liked his demeanor, even though he didn't have much to add to the other judges' opinions last night.

Some of the contestants' stories are pretty good. I admire the way the show will present background for some hopefuls, only to have them turned away by the judges. That's a lot of effort -- putting together video packages, etc. -- for people who will be on screen for a few seconds, then sent home. Maybe it's foolish of FOX to do that sort of thing, but I appreciate that a contestant's lengthy video introduction is no guarantee that said contestant will make it through.

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This latest news ought to set this thread ablaze here at A&F: American Idol this year has added spiritual advisers for the contestants.

 

Billy Mauldin, president and CEO of the Motor Racing Outreach ministry, was brought in to help Idol hopefuls manage the ups and downs of competition – much like he's been doing for NASCAR drivers since 1999.

 

Along with wife Julie, Mauldin has been on hand in Los Angeles to be a resource if contestants want someone to talk with them during a critical point in the competition. ...

 

"The expectations here are the same for what we do for NASCAR: To be there for the people, be present, help with the spiritual side of life and some of the struggles they may deal with as they're going through the competition," Mauldin told USA TODAY Sports. ...

 

The idea was the brainchild of David Hill, the former Fox Sports chairman who was tapped to oversee an Idol overhaul this year in the face of a ratings decline. Hill had been watching tapes of past seasons when it struck him how many contestants grew up in a faith-based environment and began singing in church. ...

 

"I told the contestants that Billy and Julie were people who understand competition and would be available to talk," Hill said. "The response was incredible. A large percentage made appointments to sit down to talk to him -- and not only the contestants, but even some of the producers. It is working beyond my wildest dreams." ...

 

Hill said he understands not all the contestants are of the Christian faith. Mauldin is not there to proselytize, he said, and someone will be made available to contestants of different religions if they so desire.

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The show will have a "season-long celebratory event" next year, and then that's it.

 

I'm one of the few who will miss it. While I made a point of seeing literally every episode for a three or four years, back when it was stripped across three nights a week, and then broke the habit once I started attending film screenings regularly, I've always enjoyed keeping up with the show over the years. The past few seasons, I've watched with my daughters when I've been home, and that's been a fun shared experience.

 

I'm not sure what show, if any, will replace this one as "appointment viewing" - an increasing rarity for TV viewers of all ages - for me and my kids. They're obsessed with Once Upon a Time, but I don't think I'll ever get on board with that one.

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