2nd Apr, 2008

American Idol In the United Kingdom

I’ve never blogged my American Idol habit before, but Tara and I have watched it every year since it began. I feel odd doing this, but I’m just going to go for it and say what comes to mind… Sigh.

As we are serving as YWAM staff at The King’s Lodge in England, we miss the TV version of American Idol. We do, however, watch the highlights via the internet. We see all the performances and a few of the judges’ comments. We also see the recap of each week’s elimination. All in all it’s really nice because it only takes us about 30 minutes total to see it all.

This is the first season I’ve ever struggled over who should be eliminated with this many contestants left. Normally I only really think 2 contestants are really good, and then I almost always have a couple of others that I like even though they arguably aren’t as talented. I often find myself rooting for these likeable underogs.

As I watched the recaps of last night’s performances I thought every artist did very well – even Kristy Lee Cook, whom I would have thought had been booted long ago. Now she has made it to a country week and sounded the best she’s ever sounded. The good news for those who are ready for her to go is that she picked a song that wasn’t as strong. Having said that, it seems that often the ones who really aren’t that great often get booted after having a decent performance. Think Chikezie or Amanda this year.

I generally have thought David Cook is the most talented all around, but I don’t really like his personality. Based on talent alone I would think he should win. Those same thoughts could almost enter my mind about Michael and Carly, although they both at times are likeable, Carly more so than Michael even though it surprises me to say that. (I do wish she’d cover the arm tattoo – that isn’t a statement against tattoos… just that humongous one all the way down her arm!) And even before Simon commented on her clothes I could not figure out what she was thinking with her outfit.

David Archuletta is incredibly likeable, even though amazing intense for his age, and highly talented. He reminds me of Donny Osmond. I don’t expect him to win, but he’s good enough and should do well in the entertainment industry.

I’ve been to the Philippines and Ramiele reminds me very much of my time there. She is cute and talented generally, but I don’t think she is even close to the talent of some of the others. Her voice is good and strong, but there is something missing. She also really needs to consider a new look.

Syesha, when she is on, is surprisingly good. She has had some fantastic weeks, and I like it best when she leaves her hair short and spikey, even though she looked gorgeous singing Whitney’s biggest hit. I think she is too inconsistent to be the next American Idol.

So, that leaves Brooke and Jason. Call me cheesy, but as I mentioned above I always have a couple of favorites that might not be the absolute best talent-wise. These two are my personal favorites. The odds aren’t on them to win (although I would think Brooke might have a better chance than Jason). But i like them. I like looking at them (I’m thinking I could so dig having dreds), listening to them, cheering for them, hearing them, watching their facial expressions, their song choices, their style, all of it. They really haven’t disappointed me yet. Jason is probably too laid back and that results in inconsistency at times, but he overcomes it with being real and unassuming (and kudos on his hair).

Oh, as for the specific performances tonight? I thought they were almost all fantastic with the least good being Ramiele’s and Kristy Lee’s. I’d say the best were David A’s, Carly’s, and Jason’s. I’m sure others would disagree.

So, I’m outed. American Idol fan am I. Lots of thoughts about something some would say is trivial. But I love it. I also think Simon is predictable about his comments about any song remotely related to God/Jesus. What’s up with that???

Responses

I’m so disappointed, Bryan. So, so, so very disappointed.

=)

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I find myself reluctant to admit to some that we are American Idol watchers. (At school though, it is a hot topic and I can actually participate in this one!) I do think it is going to be harder and harder to choose who should go. I don’t think Kristy Lee will stay much longer, though vote for the worst site is promoting her and they do have some pull. I am afraid Syesha is seen more as a diva and may not make it much longer. I agree, Cook has a strong voice. Brooke is probably my favorite female, and though I like Jason, I don’t think he is “American Idol”. (I don’t know where he stands spiritually, but I can see him in Christian contemporary…) There, I am outed too. 🙂
Reba

Although Syesha is talented, she doesn’t bring anything but new age rakiki to the table, so I loather her presence.
(BTW, I would’ve stopped watching if the little twink boy Danny wasn’t voted off. That kid’s head was a bobble head with ‘three snaps and a circle’ att-it-ude. Every move he made repulsed every single fiber and sinew of my being down to my bubbling black soul! But I digress…)
I could see either of your favorites, Jason (reminds of Donnie Barnhart but looks exactly like John Travolta) and Brooke, leading worship on a YWAM base. We were lucky enough to have Kevin ? and Gabe Martinez (now with Circleslide) leading worship.
To answer your question about Simon, he drives a million dollar car to his ? dollar mansion overlooking Beverly Hills and lives with his stunningly beautiful girlfriend outside of the sanity… I mean sanctity of marriage. Still wonder why he scoffs at God songs? I hear he shys away from the Eyes of the Needle, too.
p.s., why they always gotta sing the God-despising anti-American Imagine? I start imagining putting lefties to sleep when I hear that tripe, but it is getting more and more popular. Bleck. But I digress…
Oh, gotta love Chris Sligh, btw. Awesome!

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LOL, joe… what a fantastic way to wake up this morning – to your comment. I’m still laughing. I better stop or I may choke on my honey shreddies (some UK cereal).

Reba, I hear your angst, but, hey, it’s cool to be an AI fan. 🙂

Yeah, I’ve always envisaged Jason as a YWAM kid. He reminds me of many of the youth we’ve met at YWAM bases. Brooke is just really easy to listen to.

Mike, tweak a few words of Imagine and you have a Christian song. I wrote about it on my blog a while ago. search it on my site.

I definitely did not enjoy Danny. I too was glad he failed to make the cut. But I would have kept watching.

Agreed on Chris Sligh. He’s an example of one of my earlier seasons faves. My hair, unfortuantely, can sometime resemble his as well. 🙂

Just curious… what’s is the meaning of your blog name and handle?

I had so many of the same thoughts that you did when I watched on Tuesday night. I’m glad Ramiele went this week and think Kristy Lee Cook should go next week. After that, it is going to be tough. Maybe Syesha? I can’t figure out why the judges don’t like her more. I think she has an amazing, clear tone to her voice and she is stunningly beautiful…and has great style. The judges have been really hard on her and I think her self-confidence is way down. I’m thrilled that Michael Johns has done so much better the past two weeks. As for Carly, she has a powerful voice and genuine personality…but I made a comment about her clothes to Scott before Simon did, too! That leaves Jason, Brooke, David Cook, and David Archuletta, right? I love Jason…dreamy eyes, unassuming personality, reminds me of living in Boulder. One of the girls in my Bible Study is from Dallas and told me that he helps lead worship at his church in College Station. I LOVED his song on Tuesday…but you are right. ANYTIME someone sings a song about Jesus, Simon “doesn’t get it” or doesn’t like it. I guess it’s not that surprising…just disappointing. I adore Brook White. Everything about her. David Cook is the most creative and may want it the most. I think David Archuletta will win. His ballads are unbeatable…if only he didn’t look so awkward when he tries to sing a fast song. Ok, I really didn’t mean to write that much!

Does anyone dare to comment on Dolly Parton’s performance or style?

I felt a deep sadness for her as I watched.

I love your response, Ashley. It seems appropriate, too, to my lengthy stream of consciousness.

As to Dolly, we didn’t see any of that because we just see the performances on the internet and a few excerpts of the judges’ comments… what happened?

Okay…I may be outed, too. Although Dolly was, as Randy would say, “a little pitchy”, she sang her heart out about Jesus. The song, which by the way sounds much better on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=603AeIz_cxo) has some incredible lyrics. I was quickly able to get past the pitchiness when I heard her singing about Jesus being all she needs. I LOVED it when she ended the song saying ‘Hallelujah Simon.’ And what about the other band that played and sang ‘This Little Light of Mine?’ Not sure where they are spiritually, but the name of Jesus was mentioned yet again on American Idol.

Whew – didn’t mean to go crazy with comment!! 🙂

Okay…I may be outed, too. Although Dolly was, as Randy would say, “a little pitchy”, she sang her heart out about Jesus. The song, which by the way sounds much better on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=603AeIz_cxo) has some incredible lyrics. I was quickly able to get past the pitchiness when I heard her singing about Jesus being all she needs. I LOVED it when she ended the song saying ‘Hallelujah Simon.’ And what about the other band that played and sang ‘This Little Light of Mine?’ Not sure where they are spiritually, but the name of Jesus was mentioned yet again on American Idol.

Whew – didn’t mean to go crazy with comment!! 🙂

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