Idol chatter

I wasn’t really planning to get into American Idol again, but here I am. I’ll live-blog it:

Not stories! They are doing to a talent show what they did to the Olympics, giving all this human-interest background so we’ll get involved with the characters rather than concentrating on the performances. A guy who lost 200 pounds. . . An immigrant who loves America. . .A teenaged girl who has to take care of her wheel-chair bound mother. . .

A greater variety of music? A guy does a Hispanic song. I like that genre. Beautiful melodies, and Spanish is the loving tongue.

Some of the bad ones receive mercy. The girl doing it for her mother is sweet, so cries, hugs, and commisserations all around, even from Simon.

Memorable line: “I WILL be victorious.”

Whoops. My Tivo is switching to record two better shows: “Life on Mars” (a GREAT high-concept mystery on BBC) and “Comanche Moon” (which I will watch for the sake of the saga it is prequel to “Lonesome Dove”). This “Idol,” unlike last year’s, is not drawing me in. I’m not even going to watch the rest of it. Let me know what I missed and if I should give it another chance.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • fw

    Darn. Brasilian soap operas, like their mexican cousins, are the WORST… :(

  • fw

    Darn. Brasilian soap operas, like their mexican cousins, are the WORST… :(

  • allen

    “Beautiful melodies, and Spanish is the loving tongue.”

    Yes, and the only place on the radio dial one may hear the accordian.

  • allen

    “Beautiful melodies, and Spanish is the loving tongue.”

    Yes, and the only place on the radio dial one may hear the accordian.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Theresa K, you are the big American Idolater! You need to say something about this.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Theresa K, you are the big American Idolater! You need to say something about this.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    Did you have to use the word “idolater”? Yikes! ;) I was just coming over to comment since I just knew you’d have some post on American Idol. I LOVE THIS SHOW! I just heard on the radio that the ratings last night were lower than ever. That doesn’t make sense to me because I thought last night’s show was great. Randy, Paula, Simon and the producers seemed a bit more fair than last year’s audition shows. Now, after watching tonight’s show, I am very hopeful that there will be decent talent this year. There simply is NO other TV show that everyone in our family watches. Even though we were, at times, watching from different TV’s, we were laughing at the same time! Laughter echoed throughout our small house for two hours and it felt so good to know we were all entertained by the same silliness. I’ll try to keep watching and post comments.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    Did you have to use the word “idolater”? Yikes! ;) I was just coming over to comment since I just knew you’d have some post on American Idol. I LOVE THIS SHOW! I just heard on the radio that the ratings last night were lower than ever. That doesn’t make sense to me because I thought last night’s show was great. Randy, Paula, Simon and the producers seemed a bit more fair than last year’s audition shows. Now, after watching tonight’s show, I am very hopeful that there will be decent talent this year. There simply is NO other TV show that everyone in our family watches. Even though we were, at times, watching from different TV’s, we were laughing at the same time! Laughter echoed throughout our small house for two hours and it felt so good to know we were all entertained by the same silliness. I’ll try to keep watching and post comments.

  • http://blog.gpiper.org/ Glen Piper

    Keep in mind that AI is actually 2.5-to-3 shows under one banner.

    First, it’s an exercise in morbid curiosity during the initial audition shows. More emphasis is put on the bad & the outrageous than on the good. It’s all about the spectacle during this initial phase.

    Second, there’s the mid-game where the field gets winnowed down during “Hollywood Week”. We begin to transition away from train-wrecks & the bizarre towards the part of the show where “America’s in charge”. This phase bleeds over into the semifinal rounds, where the top 24 gets voted down to the 12 Finalists.

    Third, there’s the actual, you know, *talent* show. This is the Top 12 phase, where America votes a single person off each week. As we saw last year (with Sanjaya & VoteForTheWorst.com) there can be problems in this phase, largely due to the bogus voting methodology & the producers’ obsession with raw numbers; however, it’s still the only phase of the three with any integrity as far as being an actual talent competition.

    All that is a long way of saying that you might want to sit out at least the first phase, and possibly even the second, and then tune back in once the finals start. Such a strategy would, if nothing else, help avoid AI burnout.

  • http://blog.gpiper.org/ Glen Piper

    Keep in mind that AI is actually 2.5-to-3 shows under one banner.

    First, it’s an exercise in morbid curiosity during the initial audition shows. More emphasis is put on the bad & the outrageous than on the good. It’s all about the spectacle during this initial phase.

    Second, there’s the mid-game where the field gets winnowed down during “Hollywood Week”. We begin to transition away from train-wrecks & the bizarre towards the part of the show where “America’s in charge”. This phase bleeds over into the semifinal rounds, where the top 24 gets voted down to the 12 Finalists.

    Third, there’s the actual, you know, *talent* show. This is the Top 12 phase, where America votes a single person off each week. As we saw last year (with Sanjaya & VoteForTheWorst.com) there can be problems in this phase, largely due to the bogus voting methodology & the producers’ obsession with raw numbers; however, it’s still the only phase of the three with any integrity as far as being an actual talent competition.

    All that is a long way of saying that you might want to sit out at least the first phase, and possibly even the second, and then tune back in once the finals start. Such a strategy would, if nothing else, help avoid AI burnout.


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