Signing Away My Life?

Here's something you might not know about me: I am a singer. Recently, I thought I'd try my voice at an audition for a new NBC reality show being produced by Mark Burnett. The working title for the show is "The Voice". It is apparently going to be an "American Idol" type competition/elimination show, but the concept is based more strictly on the vocals of the contestant. In fact, according to the video that was up on the audition website page earlier this month, it looks like the judges will be … [Read more...]

Confessions of a First-Time American Idol Viewer

Yes, that’s right—I’d never seen a full episode of American Idol before this week. Yet, by the end of Wednesday night’s results show, I had picked favorites, made up a couple of uncharitable nicknames for contestants, shrieked “What?!?” in complete disbelief, and considered several conspiracy theories to explain voting patterns. I believe there may also have been some kicking and fuming and muttering about “American insanity.” In short, I got really involved. It’s not that I’ve ever been opposed … [Read more...]

What Do We Truly Like About American Idol?

What do we like about American Idol?  I struggle to answer this, because the responses are quite varied.  David Dunham and my high school students enjoy Simon tearing down (sorry: constructively criticising in a British sort of way) hopeless hopefuls.  Rich likes awkward silences.  My wife likes beautiful voices.  Apparently, America likes sob stories and youth.  Me?  I like watching the Detroit Tigers on a different channel.But as far as I can tell, enjoyment of American Idol tends to stem fro … [Read more...]

Podcast #25: Should Christians Cast Down their (American) Idols?

Click here to listen!Click here to listen!About three weeks ago, Ben and I sat down and discussed American Idol, including the morality of American Idol's infamous audition episodes, whether or not Christians should embrace and support Idol Gives Back, and more. Also, we give out our Christ and Pop Culture Awards for Voting Shows.We love feedback. If you’d like to respond you can comment on the website, send an email to or best yet you can leave a voice-mail a … [Read more...]

The Case for Simon Cowell

Editor's Note: This is the first in a week-long series of articles by various writers about American Idol.“That sounded like a cat being set on fire and run through a car wash for extinguishing. It was the most awful sound I have ever had the displeasure of hearing.”Those words, while a bit exaggerated, are all too often the types of expressions that come from the mouth of American Idol judge Simon Cowell. Known as the “bad-boy” of the panel of judges for the pop-music competition show, Cowel … [Read more...]