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May 17th, 2006

American Idol 2006

I know, I know, American Idol sucks and is really running on steam at this point. The songs they perform suck, the themes have gotten incredibly lame (Barry Manilow? Seriously, c’mon now), and most of the talent, while good, aren’t really unique. This season I liked Paris early on for the same reason I liked Fantasia a few years back, but Paris got boring quickly when she drifted from the jazz roots. Chris was also pretty good this year, but wasn’t exactly breaking any molds in terms of image. And Katharine has a great voice, but she’ll make a seriously boring album when the time comes.

I’m hoping the series stops soon (it won’t) since every year I say, “Screw it, I’m not watching this year” and then I still do, regretting it afterwards.

Posted in Miscellaneous

DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2006 -- 11:38:08 am
My son says he is done with the show after they booted Chris last week. I did watch last night - via Tivo, so I could skip all the useless banter and just catch the 12 minutes of performance spread over the hour.

Katherine's 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was mighty impressive. If last night had been the final I think she would have locked up the victory with that performance.

I think all the guest stars are connected to Clive Davis somehow.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2006 -- 12:09:21 pm
Katharine's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (her second "on the floor" performance of the season) was right up there with Fantasia's "Summertime." So far and away ahead of everything else on AI since it started.

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2006 -- 2:09:51 pm
Women of the Ping unite: never before did we have someone as foxy as Chris to stare at!!

In the interest of Kevin Bacon, I have connected myself to Chris in three degrees of separation. Woo hoo!

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2006 -- 6:57:28 pm
Living in Richmond I can't escape talk about Elliot Yamin. Dear Gawd!!!

FROM: Monica
DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2006 -- 11:25:57 pm
My mom has voted for Elliot in the last two call-in sessions. Last night she voted 180 times. 180!! ONE-EIGHTY! argh, whyyyy? (I'm embarassed to say what she did!)

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday May 18, 2006 -- 12:21:02 am
How did she get through 180 times? Last week I dialed close to (insert high number here) times for Chris and only got through 10 or 15 times! I voted for almost 2 hours.

Do you think people genuinely like Taylor or are they voting just to be jerks?

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 18, 2006 -- 1:31:08 am
I give this Ping about 4 days before it becomes flooded with posts like last time.

That said, there are only two reasons I must watch.

1) My GF says so.

2) Katherine is HAWT. My GOD.

That is all.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Thursday May 18, 2006 -- 12:51:46 pm
really, I don't want to know how she got through. She stood with the phone for a looonng time. When she was done, she asked if we thought 180 was enough.. and of course we said no! At least she wasn't so far gone that sarcasm wasn't lost on her.

DATE: Thursday May 18, 2006 -- 3:13:21 pm
Dave pretty much said it. Katherine is getting hotter each week.

I think it's time for some washed up 80s band to try to return to glory by hiring an AI finalist for lead singer. I hearby nominate Chris as the lead singer for Van Halen 2006.

Maybe they can hire Ace to stand behind Eddie and hold him up on stage.

FROM: Debbie
DATE: Thursday May 18, 2006 -- 3:34:12 pm
I am mortified for the human race that Taylor is in the top 2. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

This is the first season I've ever watched. I was a die hard Chris fan. If I can' t get Chris I may as well get Katharine.

I think if they had kept Mandisa she would have had a decent chance.

Again, how did Taylor even get to the top 12?

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday May 18, 2006 -- 5:47:40 pm
Mandisa could sing. I am sure she (and others) will be signed to major label contracts as soon as their Idol duties are over.

I want to see them on tour. Really I do. Ok, just a few of them, so I will go to the concession stand while the others are on stage.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 18, 2006 -- 9:50:09 pm
jk -- With the exception of Katherine, Elliot, Chris, and Mandisa..I think I'll be parked over at the concession stand with you.

Shame Kevin Covais didn't make it to the tour. He woulda rocked the mic like the bad pimp that he is.*

* = sarcasm.

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday May 18, 2006 -- 10:32:23 pm
I agree Dave!

Why do we think Kevin is not joining the tour? I thought they would be contractually obligated to.

I am reeeeally glad I don't listen to Top 40 radio; I may succeed in avoiding Taylor afterall!! (I suspect he will win; I will not be voting next week.)

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday May 19, 2006 -- 2:33:52 pm
From what I recall, having being dragged to the concert last year by my GF (Oh, the things we do for love..), it's only the top 10 who get to tour. Kevin finished 11th.

FROM: Debbie
DATE: Friday May 19, 2006 -- 3:09:26 pm
Okay I like the show but it never even crossed my mind to buy the CD or go see them in concert. Wow. You guys may be more dedicated than me.


FROM: sarah
DATE: Friday May 19, 2006 -- 4:46:45 pm
I only watch out of curiosity now ever since Chris left, no i hope its Taylor.

FROM: Tammy
DATE: Sunday June 11, 2006 -- 11:18:06 pm
The Best Person Won AI!!!! Taylor is awesome and has a personality! He was only being himself on the stage and always performed well and never messed up! Katherine is the one that is a joke having to sing on the floor all the time. Come on....what was she trying to prove doing that! Some where over the rainbow.....PLEASE! Why sing a song like that on AI!!! Taylor was never put in the bottom two and it was for a reason. People should not judge him just because of his hair color and I have heard many say that about him.....WHATEVER! May the best one win and that was Taylor Hicks and he ROCKS!!!!! was sad to see chris get voted off and he should have been up in the bottom 2 and not Katherine! If people are frustrated then they should be frustrated that Katherine pushed Chris off the show!!!

FROM: Debbie
DATE: Tuesday June 13, 2006 -- 6:07:40 pm
Katherine did not choose somewhere over the rainbow. Simon chose that for her.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 13, 2006 -- 8:10:36 pm
Folks, we're forgetting rule #1 here:

Once the current season of American Idol is over with, NO ONE CARES.

Remember that.

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday June 13, 2006 -- 11:13:14 pm
Come on, Dave--you WILL be attending a concert this summer, no?

Driving home tonight and fully enjoying XM, I heard a jazz tune that reminded me of Paris and I thought back to my prediction I made when the Final 12 were decided: it should have been Paris and Chris in the final round. The End.

FROM: beat up wimps
DATE: Tuesday July 4, 2006 -- 1:26:18 am
Some one needs to beat up Kevin

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