Idol wrap-up / Laughter is Good for the Soul

- Last night, “American Idol’s” most overtly Christian contestant in a while, Colton Dixon, was eliminated from the competition after receiving the least number of votes. Though he was obviously disappointed, he demonstrated maturity, self-awareness and humility in his THR exit interview with Didi Benami (a former contestant herself).

- This next video has no underlying religious or social value other than laughter being good for the soul – an element of our faith lives that gets short shrift sometimes. It’s a classic clip from “The Carol Burnett Show” in which Tim Conway completely deviates from the script and starts making up his own comedy routine. I don’t know where this clip is from because Vicki Lawrence says a word towards the end that isn’t allowed on broadcast television (so be forewarned if you’re sensitive to foul language). It’s funny though and puts an exclamation point at the end of an already-funny scene. If you’ve had a tough week, these three minutes might end it on a brighter note:

About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.


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