May 6, 2009

Headline: America Gets it Wrong - Again!

I am a reality TV junkie. There, I said it. Cat's outta the bag. I didn't plan it that way. I didn't at some point say, "Hey, I love reality tv, so let me try to watch as much of it as I can". It just slowly happened over time. I can count on one hand the number of non-reality TV shows that I watch. What does it say about our culture? or society? or what does it say about me? Who gives a shit. Nothing can beat the warm, fuzzy feeling one gets when hearing Tyra Banks say for the 4,572nd time, "Congratulations, , you will continue on in the hopes of becoming America's Next Top Model", or the joy & elation one feels when your favorite team reaches the pitstop in last place, only to find out it's a non-elimination round.

One of my top faves is American Idol. I have watched every season, every episode and even own CD's of some of Idol's best graduates (Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry). Idol seems to be the only show that fires me up enough to bother to join the pop-culture engine and pick up a phone and vote. This season is no exception. I feel strongly, as per usual, and I last night I even sunk to the depths of what my daughter would call "loserish" behavior and sent a tweet asking people to vote for my guy.

Who is my guy, you ask? Well it's definitely NOT Adam.

Adam Lambert - I realize that he is the big hype right now, (at least that's what the higher-ups at Fox would have you believe) but I just can't stomach the guy. I can't stomach the way Paula swoons over him. Really? The woman is on painkillers. Nuff said. Now some may think I do n't care for him because he's gay (sorry ladies, it's true), but that couldn't be further from the truth. I am actually quite liberal in my politics regarding homosexuality (much to the dismay of my mother). I am one of those "to each his own" kinda people. Whether someone is gay or lesbian matters to me NONE. The reasons I don't like Adam are much less controversial. How about he belongs on Broadway and not on American Idol? How about he is so over-hyped that it makes you want to root for the underdog? How about my musical tastes do not include him? How about all of the emotion that he displays while singing does not appear to come from within, but rather is just a really good acting job (which is a complement really, for a broadway guy). How about America is being brainwashed to love him by Fox and A.I. Execs because he is different, unique, & is an "artist". All of this reminds me of a certain Taylor Hicks. Remember him? Gray hair? Plays the harmonica? Current Broadway star? Winner of Season 5"? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Danny Gokey - I have to say this guy is growing on me. He can sing and I like his bluesy voice. At first he was at the bottom of my list, because call me heartless, but I just couldn't handle the whole "my young, dead wife" sympathy card that was being played. But like I said he's good and I would be much more likley to buy his CD than Adam Lambert's.

Alison Iraheta - Amazing voice. Along with Randy and the rest of the viewers I just can't believe the girl is just 17. I would love to see her win. She'd do much better than youngster Jordan Sparks. She has some amazing stage presence, is humble, and dawg, that girl can blow! Love her!

Kris Allen - My #1 pick from the time we narrowed down to the Top 12. Love his music choices, his voice, his talent, and his guitar playing ability. Now that's an artist (yea, Adam where is your instrument?). Maybe it's because I am a fan of his "type" of music. I sure do love me some Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Robin Thicke, George Michael, and James Blunt. It's my style of music. Yes, it's true, he is cute. But in more of a puppy dog kind of way. Too young for my tastes. I like my guys a little older, such as Justin Timberlake, I mean James Blunt. If he goes home tonight, it will be as #4, which if you remember was the same as Chris Daughtry. Need I say more???

Good luck to the Final Four. Danny, you will be fun to get up and dance to ala "brown eyed girl". Allison, I will rock to you on the radio as I cruise down the road in my minivan. Adam, I will visit you on Broadway next time I am in New York. And Kris, I will buy your CD's, sing them while I work, and catch a show when you're in town, and I promise to vote, vote, vote.