Lee Who???…It’s All About This Guy…

Okay, we all knew Crystal was not going to win…and I know this is mean-spirited, but Lee DeWyze will be forgotten, at least outside of American Idol circles, in 6 months, maybe less…I won’t rant yet again about how this season was terrible…I just hope the Idol producers finally realize the same thing…I was just as cynical watching the finale as I was watching the last few weeks…I’m just very disappointed…
The show itself had some nice moments…Paula returned with bad stand-up sending her former nemesis Simon Cowell on his merry way…and was it just me or did the other judges look like they were a little surprised Paula was there??…oh hell, they knew the Simon farewell was not complete unless she was there…as far as weird moments go…Dane Cook sang a song consisting of some of Simon’s most famous Idol zingers and at the end, some of the Idol rejects stormed the stage and I think it was planned…then some of them stared to hog a microphone, including my personal fave, Norman Gentle/Nick Mitchell…they cut off that trainwreck very quickly and cut to commercial…another weird and beyond weird moment was when Idol gave Gen. Larry Platt and “Pants on the Ground” some more airtime…complete with saggy panted hip hop dancers with their caps turned sideways…all of a sudden, William Hung popped up…Good Lord why?…moving on…
The musical performances were hit and miss…the typical pairing of an Idol contestant with a music act was the norm of course…the best?:
Yes!!!…I’d say Bret Michaels’ appearance was the biggest surprise and the best kept secret…the show started out with all the top 12 in school uniforms and singing “School’s Out”…complete with Orithani and Alice Cooper!!!…yes, Idol got a little odd there…but it was cool…well Christina Aguliera got her 15 minutes after a week that started off with the cancellation of her summer tour, and she did okay with a ballad from her new album…when I started watching the show live, Hall & Oates joined the Idol guys for a medley…the Crystal/Alanis Morrisette duet was awesome, I guess Alanis had to stand in for the elusive Melissa Etheridge, who could not appear on the finale because she appeared a few weeks ago on Dancing With the Stars????…oh those pesky TV contracts…Lee got to jam with Chicago..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…he’s from there you know!…UGH!…another surprise, I guess, Janet Jackson, who was looking really good…new short haircut…I likey!…
The show climax? a reunion of all the Idol winners, but one was missing!…and I didn’t even notice David Cook was absent…and many other former Idol contestants joined in on stage…but NO Clay Aiken or Adam Lambert!!!…wrong!…the story with Glambert’s abscence, he’s on vocal rest before he kicks off his tour…I’d say that’s a fair reason…he’s a smart one…unfortunately for me, his Louisville show on July 10th is sold out…but…he’s also appearing in Nashville at the Ryman on July 7th…PLEASE PRAY I GET TICKETS!….
So, Simon is gone….thank you sir for these past 9 seasons and best of luck with your future projects…The X-Factor better be good Cowell!

Paula’s Back! and Why I Never Watched Lost…

Yes children, Paula Abdul, the judge you love to ridicule, will be back on primetime TV this fall…Paula will serve as the executive producer, judge, and mentor for a new CBS dancing competition reality series…wait for it….Got To Dance…thank God for this!…and it just might air opposite American Idol…as will Simon’s new American version of The X Factor…WOW!…Cowell had said in his sit down interview with Oprah last week, Paula’s departure has affected the viewership of Idol…didn’t really need a genius to tell me that…and he also said he keeps in touch with her…awwwwww…I guess it was a good thing she got out when she did…Cowell also said he didn’t want Ellen DeGeneres to take his seat on Idol…which is a little harsh, but he’s right…he said his replacement needs to be someone who knows what he/she is talking about with some music industry cred…however, I don’t know what will save the colossal sinking ship which is this season’s Idol…if Lee wins, which he probably will, he’ll be forgotten in a year’s time and if Crystal pull off the upset, we may forget her too, but I hope not…
Okay, I feel I should address why I never watched LOST until the last 20 minutes last night…to be honest, it just never interested me…and I know I’m the world’s biggest nerd when it comes to sci-fi/fantasy movies and shows…LOST just never got me…when you have as many shows to watch during a regular TV season as I do, LOST never made the cut…I know one day, I’ll catch up on reruns or I may even go out on a limb and rent each season, but now that I know how the series ended, I’m not sure…no big deal..I have several co-workers who were fanatic and one of them told me basically everything that happened in the show, so I may have not LOST out…tee-hee!…one thing I want to say, Michael Emerson aka Ben Linus, should play Klaus Nomi STAT!
That is all!

Ronnie James Dio…Now HE Was a Singer…

**I want to start with some quick notes…after my many frustrations with American Idol this season, I will no longer be blogging about the show…I will continue to live tweet, but that’s it…and if Crystal Bowersox wins, I’ll follow her career…all right**
We lost one of the best singers of any genre Sunday morning…Ronnie James Dio was 67…I was surprised that there were pre-mature reports of his death buzzing around the web on Saturday…Dio’s wife, Wendy, reported he had not died, but he was not doing well…Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer last summer and he had to cancel a tour with Heaven and Hell–Black Sabbath without Ozzy…Dio was recruited by Ritchie Blackmore for his new band Rainbow in the 70’s after Blackmore quit Deep Purple…and Dio was tapped to take over for Ozzy in Black Sabbath when Ozzy left to pursue a solo career…Dio then went on to dominate in his own solo career…he was a metal God and he had the voice!…I love his solo stuff, his stuff with Heaven and Hell, but I wanted to share one of my favorite Rainbow tracks…RIP Ronnie James Dio:

American Idol: Baby Dyke Goes Down!

Okay, I guess that title is a little naughty…but who the hell cares at this point…yes, my little Baby Dyke, 17-year-old Aaron Kelly, has finally exhausted the ears and the eyes of America…and I couldn’t be happier, although I think he wore out his welcome from the very start…those of us hoping for another Kevin “Chicken Little” Covais or another David Archuleta or hell, another Sanjaya were fully disappointed…okay, I wasn’t disappoined…Kelly fell into an endless stride of predictable ballads yet he managed to make the top 5…which brings me to yet another rant about this season:
WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED TO AMERICAN IDOL???…more importantly, what has happened to their audience?…this Tuesday’s “Sinatra Night” was the lowest rated show since the FIRST season, yeah, all the way back in 2002…I know I’ve ranted and I’ve ranted, but I’m just about through…Even front-runner, Crystal Bowersox, is boring me now…which I’m not surprised…so who do we have left?…Big Mike is hanging in there, bottom 2 for the umpteenth time this week…man, I don’t know how, but he may just make the finals as I originally predicted…I have a lot of contempt for Big Mike, but I would still rather see him in the final instead of Lee DeWyze…Casey James has lived up to the “fly under the radar” moniker I gave him weeks ago, and I am a bit surprised at that…here’s what I think will happen…I predict either Cystal or Lee will slip up next week, which by the way, it’s songs from the movies with rumored-to-fill-Simon’s-seat-next-year guest mentor, Jamie Foxx…and one of them will land in the bottom with Big Mike, who else?!?…Big Mike goes or Lee goes if he’s in the bottom 2…and even though I have been bored by Mamasox lately, she’s still good to go in my book…Casey is definitely the wild card since he avoided the bottom 2 last night…Casey can’t win, but can he make to the finals???…I see Lee as this year’s Kris Allen, he has no charisma, no humor…and his style is older than dirt…there’s nothing fresh about him…Big Mike–zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…Casey has virtually the same style as DeWyze, but a little more determination…and Crystal?…it’s hers to lose or finish second, which finishing second on Idol is a bigger blessing…I won’t name names, you know who they are…
I’m just sick of it all, as I am this time every year…and I can’t wait until GLEE doesn’t get cut off every week on my DVR!!!..outrageous!

Wright Now!

Well, the mystery of what celebrity is coming out this week has been solved…and you know, country singer Chely Wright was the last person I thought of…and I knew of the rumors, in fact, I know two people who live outside of Nashville who know her…yes, I’m less than six degrees of separation from Chely Wright…when the announcement was made that a celebrity would be coming out on May 5th, I went into obvious mode, you know: Queen Latifah, Anderson Cooper, Jodie Foster, etc. etc….
then a blog item popped up over the weekend that the celebrity coming out was a “female country singer” and one lesbian site came up with the theory it was going to be Shelby Lynne…and that’s an obvious one too, but I thought it was too boring and too obscure for People magazine…that same site then speculated on Wright…and I the light bulb went off over my head! of course!
When I got my first job in radio it was at an AM country station, and Chely Wright’s hit “Single White Female” had just peaked at number 1, her only number 1 on the country charts…I became a fan and I loved her follow-up hit “It Was”..it peaked at number 11…so I decided to buy Single White Female for myself…another gem, the track “She Went Out for Cigarettes” was written by two songwriters I’ve met…I’m not sure when I heard of the gay rumors about Wright, but it was probably about 10 years ago…Wright has never really been a huge country star, she had her hits and her modest hits…plus she had won the ACM for Top New Female Vocalist in 1994…”Shut Up and Drive” became her first charting hit in 1997…so what happened to her?
In 2001, she released two more charting singles, “Never Love You Enough” and “Jezebel”, one of my personal favorites…the video is really good too:
That video amped up the gay rumors for me!!!…in all seriousness though, Wright has does a lot more than just make music…She is the founder of the Reading, Writing, and Rhythm foundation, which stresses the importance of music education…she has also made many trips overseas with the USO…”The Bumper of my SUV” was a true story about her altercation with an angry woman who noticed a Marine Corps sticker on Wright’s SUV…that’s the last single I remember playing on radio…
With this new chapter in Chely Wright’s life, there comes a new album, Lifted Off The Ground, and a new autobiography entitled Like Me…both will be released this week…and you can scream “really?” all you want, but this is huge, especially in the world of country music…she will lose fans, but she will gain fans and tremendous support…she will be interviewed countless times, the first of which will be on The Today Show this Wednesday…5/5/2010…
I’m so proud of Chely Wright…way to go!