The new American Idol

I Tivoed “American Idol,” as is my wont, watching it about an hour late. I sat through the most tedious, hype-filled TWO hours, consisting of shameless plugs and product placements, embarrassing song and dance numbers, and a host of pop stars who could never have won “American Idol.” Finally, the moment came. . .Ryan Seacrest announced that the winner was “David ___” THEN MY TIVO CUT OUT! RIGHT AT THE VERY VERGE, WITH ONLY THE LAST NAME TO BE UTTERED!

I thought that I may have heard the beginning articulation of an unvoiced velar stop just before the “save or delete” message came on, and, sure enough, the web revealed that the winner was David Cook.

America got it right after all! He has the stage presence, the artistry, the originality, the voice to deserve it. Voters didn’t just vote for the cutest, as I assumed they would; rather, they went for substance.

This encourages me to think that the American people may also vote in larger numbers for the best presidential candidate. Maybe what we should do is let people vote as many times as they want to.

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.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Yay David !
    David C., that is.
    Of course, not being a pop music listener, I’m not likely to hear him again….till next year’s Idol show.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Yay David !
    David C., that is.
    Of course, not being a pop music listener, I’m not likely to hear him again….till next year’s Idol show.

  • Judy

    I think the Idol fans made several incorrect decisions this season. This was the 2nd season I watched–and only because I’m in an Idol pool. Of the two Davids, I didn’t care who won, except that I won the pool because of Cook. I thought the more talented singers were eliminated earlier.

    A better talent competition starts tonight on Fox: So You Think You Can Dance. The fans have less say-so. Also, the contestants have less choice in what they perform. You can witness geniune improvement in the contestants over the weeks. Plus, the best part is: no Paula/no Randy.

    The downside is that a lot of choreography pushes the good-taste envelope.

  • Judy

    I think the Idol fans made several incorrect decisions this season. This was the 2nd season I watched–and only because I’m in an Idol pool. Of the two Davids, I didn’t care who won, except that I won the pool because of Cook. I thought the more talented singers were eliminated earlier.

    A better talent competition starts tonight on Fox: So You Think You Can Dance. The fans have less say-so. Also, the contestants have less choice in what they perform. You can witness geniune improvement in the contestants over the weeks. Plus, the best part is: no Paula/no Randy.

    The downside is that a lot of choreography pushes the good-taste envelope.

  • http://www.faith-filled.com Stephenie

    I heard that someone else’s Tivo did that, too. I fell asleep during the show and didn’t know ’til this morning. Obviously, I wasn’t dying to know, or I would’ve stayed awake.

  • http://www.faith-filled.com Stephenie

    I heard that someone else’s Tivo did that, too. I fell asleep during the show and didn’t know ’til this morning. Obviously, I wasn’t dying to know, or I would’ve stayed awake.


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