What started out as bonding time with my 12-year-old daughter (who can sing) slowly progressed to a show that I looked forward to watching two times a week – I became a fan of American Idol, well until the finale?
First I must disclose that I’ve never been a fan of “reality shows” (not since being a contestant on one of the first, American Gladiators). I couldn't tell you anything about Survivor, The Apprentice, or The Biggest Loser, other than their titles. However, last year, I watched my first American Idol (Season 7) where the finale included David Cook and David Archuleta (my favorite), and enjoyed it very much.
This season had the normal contestant drama, quirkiness, and lack of talent, coupled with the few extraordinary contenders. But there were some surprises, starting with a new judge, Kara DioGuardi. Where did she come from? Does she talk too much?
Paula Abdul is very sweet, seems to like all of the contestants, and thank goodness is not long-winded. The other surprise was when she took the stage and performed her new song, “I’m Just Here for the Music”! While Paula proved she can still dance and looks awesome for her age (or any age for that matter), did she lip-sync?
Randy Jackson is always cool, polite and is a remarkable judge of talent, however, I prefer Simon Cowell’s no-nonsense style of evaluating the performances. In the music business, if you can’t sing you should know, and hopefully before you try-out for American Idol.
The best part of American Idol this year (other than how cute Ryan Seacrest is) were actually the contestants themselves, starting with the final ten. The top five were truly gifted vocalists and performers: Matt Giraud, Allison Iraheta, (my second favorite), Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, and Adam Lambert.