Saturday, March 5, 2016

Still watching Idol

I have been watching American Idol since season one. One of my medical school classmates, the only flamboyantly gay Orthodox Jewish guy I've ever known, was a contestant that year.  He sang "if I were a rich man" for the judges, and when he got eliminated, he said, "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes you just look fabulous in that dress."  I think eventually dropped out of medical school.

There have been some incredible seasons. I think my favorite contestant on the show was Adam Lambert, and that season was probably my overall favorite, although my favorite post idol singer is probably Kelly Clarkson.  It's hard not to like her music.

American Idol used to be one of those water cooler shows that was really fun to talk about with people at school or work. These days, I don't know a single person who watches the show. I'm only watching out of my anal desire to have watched every single season. (Well, except for that awful season where Nicki Minaj was a judge.). I also think that the show has gotten better since Harry Connick Jr came on and revived it, but it's just not as interesting to me anymore.

Anyway, for those of you not watching, they are currently down to the top 8.  The judges seem to have a lot more control this year than they ever have in previous years... they are basically picking our next American Idol for us.  

Based on previous years, there is a long tradition of the hottest guy on the show taking the win. If that doesn't happen, it's only because there isn't a hot guy in the top 10 or one that has any talent.

Based on that, I'm 99% sure the winner this year will be Dalton Rappatoni. He might not be the best singer on the show, but voters have traditionally not voted for the best singers. The voters giving the La'Porscha the win would be unprecedented.

Knowing who's going to win definitely does take some of the fun out of it.  But I'm still going to watch till the end.


  1. I can take it or leave it & therefore, have watched only a few seasons over the life of the show!

    The fact that they don't show hours & hours worth of ridiculous auditions anymore is a huge improvement!

    This sure is a super young group, almost too young? If I recall, of the eight this past week two were in their 20's (21 & 25) & the rest were 15-17!

    I'm a fan of Carrie Underwood but do like Kelly Clarkson. KC's performance of "Piece by Piece" was last week phenomenal!!!!

    1. I agree, the auditions were too much. I didn't even watch all of them, even the abridged version. You might be right that it's a young group, although they honestly all look like they're in their 20s. Even the 15-year-olds.

    2. Top 8 average age: 16.5

  2. I do think that the winner should have a good voice, but I don't think they need to have the best of the season. There have been cases where that happens and those Idols don't seem to have done as well after the show. I hope someone entertaining, and who will have good radio-worthy songs, ends up winning (at least if the show wants someone who will be successful post-Idol). I like Dalton because he makes me nostalgic for the late 90s/early 2000s pop-punk wave. Anyway just thought I would comment to say someone else is still watching haha

    1. Yeah, I think Harry said that Dalton reminded him of the lead singer of Green Day, which is probably why I like him.

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  4. Hey - I know Isaac Cole (who was eliminated early on)

    This will be the only time I use his name as a claim to fame.