I honestly never had any interest in American Idol until last year. When my wife Sharon and I got into it, we found ourselves entering it around the time they were whittling away at the top 24, knocking it down to the top 12.
Last year’s Idol was special. Why? Because of the personalities of the contestants. These were people you actually liked and cared about, and you could see that they liked and cared about each other. They were all talented and did a spectacular job with their songs. It was just fun to watch them. It was like watching kids grow up.
This year, none of that exists. There’s only a few of the contestants that have good personalities, and the only one who has the personality and image of an idol is Gina. Jordin comes in a close second, but Gina is the real standout as far as image goes. As for the rest…who cares? As far as I’m concerned, make Gina and Jordin the next 1st and 2nd place idols and let’s move on. Yes I know Melinda and Lakisha are better singers technically, but they just don’t have the image or the personalities to do anything with it if they actually win. They would be forgotten as soon as the show ended and likely never heard from again.
So why has Idol turned into such a suck-fest? Well a lot of it has to do with Simon, Paula and Randy taking the wrong people through the tryouts and then compounding that error by letting sucky ones make it through Hollywood while good ones were dropped like a week old pancake with fuzzies growing on it.
What follows is simply my opinion about the people involved in the show this year. You can agree or disagree or not care at all, but this is what I think…
Gina Glocksen: She is by far my favorite of the group. Why? Because she’s a smokin’ hot rocker chick and we definitely need more of that in the music industry today. We don’t need more lame ass R&B “artists” who couldn’t sing their way out of a nutsack unless they were computerized and pitch corrected all to hell. Gina’s the real deal. She can sing her ass off and she’s great on stage and I’ll be voting for her every single week until it’s over. She’s also got a really great, endearing personality. Oh, and by the way…did I mention she’s hot as hell? :drool:
Jordin Sparks: Again, she’s super talented, very sweet, very endearing and hot as hell. Jordin and Gina are the only two contestants who have what it takes to take the Idol thing and run with it. Almost every week I have the feeling that the judges have been pushing her aside in their race to gush over Melinda and Lakisha, and that’s just wrong. This girl is hella talented. I’ll be voting for her too.
Melinda Doolittle: Does this chick even have a neck? Every time I see her she’s wearing shoulder pad earmuffs and smiling like some little kid who just saw a naked person for the first time. Ok, you’re humble, we get it. Now stop acting like an embarrassed little kid, grow a neck and start acting like you know how talented you are. The whole embarrassed at praise thing is getting really friggin’ old. Yeah she’s talented as hell, but she doesn’t have the image or the personality to do a damn thing with her career if she won this contest.
Haley Scarnato: This chick gets a raw deal in my opinion…at least to a point. People have been ripping on her about that giant thing growing off to the side of her upper lip. Honestly, I don’t think it’s that bad. I mean, I don’t sit there and stare at it like I’m waiting for it to sprout tentacles or something. Lots of people have a mole there, and judging her simply on that fact is shallow to say the least. So all you people who have complained about it, get over it. As for her talent and persona, she seems like a sweet girl, and she can sing, but the problem is, she doesn’t have the kind of a personality or image that makes you remember her. When I think of Idol, I get 5 people popping into my head instantly. The three judges, Gina and Jordin. If you want to be an Idol, you have to put yourself out there and really go for it. Haley’s never going to make it. I can totally see her ended up a middle-aged mom with two or three kids, a husband, a dog and a white picket fence somewhere down the road. I just don’t see her making it as an idol. Forgetting the words to her song last week didn’t help either.
Lakisha Jones: I can’t look at Lakisha without thinking about how funny it would be watching her eat mashed potatoes and shooting the spuds out through that gap in her front teeth. Lakisha’s problem isn’t that she can’t sing. It’s that she looks like she’s somewhere else whenever anyone talks to her. I’ve seen wet cardboard that has more personality than her. Not becoming for an Idol wannabe, and that’s all she’ll ever be unless she does some serious work on her personality.
Stephanie Edwards: Stephanie who? I swear to god, I watch every week, and for some reason I can never remember her performances. It’s like they didn’t happen at all. It’s pretty scary actually. Almost like I zone out whenever she’s on and fly off to my little happy place where I have lots of food, women, iced coffee and dogs that love to play frisbee. Then she stops singing and I get yanked back to reality feeling pretty empty inside. From what I can piece together, she’s a good singer, but incredibly forgettable.
Blake Lewis: Did seem kinda cool at first, but now he’s just annoying. He’s a decent singer but I think the beat box thing knocked something loose in his head. People are speculating that he might be gay. I don’t know if he is or not, but I’m sure Sanjaya could probably tell you. Anyway, he got old really quick and has no survivability as an Idol.
Chris Richardson: Now this guy fell straight from heaven…right after the trailer he was living in got flipped up by a tornado and tossed him ass over tea kettle down to the Idol auditions. Seriously, what trailer park did this guy crawl out of? His hair looks like a spray on truck bed liner and his singing is the most mind-numbingly nasal crap I’ve ever heard. When he’s on stage he moves around like he’s having some kind of a seizure, and every time I see him I keep hoping I’ll have the Stephanie amnesia. Fortunately, I do, but unfortunately, not as often as I have it with Stephanie. They say he looks like Justin Timberlake. Well I can’t stand Justin Timberlake either. So there!
Phil Stacey: I said the guy looks like E.T.. My wife said he looks like Nosferatu. I think she’s more on the mark with that, but in any case, he’s pretty annoying. Grow some damn hair and cover up them funky ears already. The bald thing just ain’t workin’ for ya. Some people have the right head shape to be bald, and some don’t. He don’t. He’s a pretty good singer though, but a mere shadow of what Chris Daughtry was last year.
Brandon Rogers: Completely uninspired…and now gone. So I don’t need to comment any more on him.
Chris Sligh: The funny fat guy thing works for him, and he’s a hell of a good singer, but there’s something annoying about him that I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe it’s the fact that if you cut off his legs he’d look like a Weeble? I dunno. Anyway, he is definitely the best singer among the guys though, and as far as they guys go, he deserves to be there the longest.
Sanjaya Malakar: Or should we call him Sangaya? I mean really, is there any doubt? Not that it matters, but still… He’s like a mini-half Indian version of Michael Jackson…only without the talent. He looks really uncomfortable on stage, and most especially during the voting results, probably due to the fact that he knows he doesn’t belong there, he can’t dance and his singing is uninspired at best. The only reason he’s been there this long is because Howard Stern is telling people to vote for him because he’s trying to show that he has so much power that he can get people to vote for the worst person on Idol. I feel bad for Sanjaya. I was really pulling for him early on and he seems like a completely nice and totally sweet guy, but he just doesn’t measure up to some of the others. On the other hand, I’d watch him 24 hours a day before I’d watch Chris Richardson even walk out on the stage. Hopefully Sanjaya will come out of this without too much harm. He just wanted a chance, and he’s gotten beaten up over it week after week. Not cool.
Anyway, that’s my thoughts on the top 12. My next post will be about the judges.
(Current Mood: bored