Ten years of posting something new every day. Here's day four of my "Best Of" leading to this blog's official tenth anniversary on Thanksgiving Day. I'm reprising one post from every year.
A popular feature I did for several years was review AMERICAN IDOL each week. That's when it was a national sensation and people actually gave a shit. Here is a typical review. This ran originally on February 21, 2008.
On an unrelated note: My recap of my blog party will follow in a few hours. Stay tuned or check back or whatever.
got our first look at the girls Wednesday night (Thursday morning for
me ‘cause I tivoed it). They’re cute, they belt, they have sob
stories, and they’re all going to end up in the touring company of MAMA
MIA. But for now their hopes and cheeks are high.
We were told
over and over that some of them had the flu. But showing the same
grit and fortitude they had when they attended their senior proms
despite breaking a nail, they hung in there and gave courageous
performances of 60s bubblegum hits.
First up was Kristy Lee Cook.
She sold her horse to fly from Portland to Philadelphia to audition
for the show. There were also auditions in San Diego, which is closer.
She could have just sold her cat. Kristy was one of the flu victims.
What will her excuse next week be for being boring?
Borgella was next. She’s the “plus size model” filling the
LaKisha/Jennifer Hudson role this season. Simon said to take a risk
and she did. She wore jeans.
Alaina Whittaker followed. She’s
16, blond, and has that Lauren Hutton space between her two front teeth
that make her seem wise beyond her years. Alaina sang “More Today Than
Yesterday” – the same song that Chipote (or whatever the hell his name
is) sang the night before. There aren’t a gazillion songs in the 60s?
They had to repeat the same four?
Finally! Something that
Paula knows! The group that had the hit with “More Today Than
Yesterday” (Spiral Starecase). Amazingly, Simon had never heard of
that tune. Obviously he doesn’t listen to oldies radio. They play it
eight times an hour. Along with…
Together”, which Brooke White sang (and David Cook mangled the night
before). Brooke is a dead ringer for the young Susan Anspach (pictured
below Brooke). She labels herself as “the good girl”. A couple of
weeks in the bottom three and she’ll be wearing leather and going down
on the mic.
Amanda Overmyer, the cool rocker chick who looks like
an owl, scatted through “Baby Please Don’t Go”. Again, Simon had
never heard of it. He can tell you every Lulu tune but is unfamiliar
with Van Morrison? Amanda is a breath of fresh air. And even if she
had the flu, who cares because she sounds like she has the flu anyway.
Davis is gorgeous. I’d vote for her if she coughed up phlegm for
three minutes. She sang one of Simon’s favorite kick ass songs from
the 60s – “Where the Boys Are”.
Then it was Alexandrea Lushington
(which would be the perfect name for Elaine Stritch). Randy and Paula
loved her. Simon did not. I agree with Simon. Just another boring
Kady Malloy is this year’s Carrie Underwood
wannabe. Big voice. Did a slow sexy rendition of “We’ve Got a Groovy
Kind of Love”. Why? It’s an innocent teenybopper song. Why not just
do a smoldering blues version of “My Boy Lollipop”?
followed by Asia’h Epperson. I’m still trying to tell all these people
apart. I have in my notes for Asia’h: “dead dad girl”. Sang “Piece
of My Heart”. Won’t make anyone forget Janis Joplin. Or even Amanda
One of my favorites was next. Ramiele Mulubay. Little girl. Big pipes. Irene Cara without all the lawsuits.
goofy names continued with Syesha Mercado. (Notice all the cheerleader
types are named Kristy and Amy and Brooke?) Will somebody tell her
the Diana Ross look is not becoming? The only thing missing was
plastic surgery and a cape. Another boring belter.
finally, there was Carly Smithson – the girl with the sensational voice,
scary tattoos, and Hannibal Lector smile. AMERICAN IDOL has taken a
lot of heat lately for not disclosing that Carly is a professional
singer who even signed a million dollar recording contract once. So to
avoid looting in the streets and rioting, this “secret” was revealed on
the program. Carly should be in the top two…if she wears long
sleeves every week.
All in all, a good group. But certainly not a great group. Maybe the third touring company of MAMA MIA.