Archive for May, 2010

Notes from the Edge of Reality TV

So last night was the finale of American Idol Season 9 and I was predictably disapppointed in reality television. In the history of American Idol, voters have correctly chosen the best performer only about 50% of the time. Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks and David Cook were deservingly crowned the American Idol. However, the other 4 winners (Ruben, Fantasia, Taylor, Kris) won because they were popular, not because they were the better choice.

However hopefully, as Chris Daughtry, Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert have discovered, Crystal Bowersox will find that it’s easier to spread her career wings without being fettered with the Idol crown.

Since it has been way too long since I actually wrote on my blog, I thought I would share my favourite moments from the finale, for anyone who is interested….

1.William Hung and General Larry Platt singing “Pants on the Ground”…very funny and surprisingly musical.

2.Simon Cowell’s classy goodbye speech, following Paula Abdul’s typically awkward and ditsy-farewell-to-Simon-speech.

3.Excellent performance by the previous Idol Winners (sans David Cook)…Kelly, Ruben, Fantasia, Carrie, Taylor, Jordin and Kris….

4. Bret Micheals singing “Every Rose has it’s thorn”…I have never been a Poison fan, however I like the song and I enjoyed Micheals on this latest installment of the Celebrity Apprentice, which he won. Despite having heard horrible things about his character and behaviour on his Rock of Love reality show, I actually liked him on the Apprentice. Considering his recent brush with death, seeing him performing onstage with Casey was very uplifting.

5. Alanis Morisette, Chicago and The Bee Gees, I love these artists. It was nice to see some talent in the midst of some really strange artists, namely Alice Cooper, Hall & Oates and Janet Jackson.

6. Dane Cook’s salute to Simon Cowell, “You have the honesty of Abe Lincoln and the charm of the guy who shot him!”

7. Crystal Bowersox performing “Black Velevet”, I know it was technically the penultimate episode, rather than the final episode; but I’m including it in this list, b/c it was the performance part of the finale on Tuesday night, and I have waited a long time to hear someone on that show sing that song well.

8. Kris Allen performed a great song, although he was definitely NOT better than Adam Lambert last season, perhaps he has enough talent to keep my interest for a little while….time will tell.

9. Clips from the last 7 seasons of the show. It was fun to see Simon’s hair change and t-shirts get tighter, not to mention getting to see all the terrible contestants freak out at Simon again. And of course no video reel on AI would be complete without a chance to revisit some of the more absurd auditions.

10. And my favourite moment of the Season 9 Finale??? The Fox Network cutting Lee Dewyze’s winning performance of “Beautiful Day” in order to move on to CSI:New York because, let’s face it…he didn’t deserve to win and….frankly….nobody wants to hear him sing anyways….

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