American Idol and North Korea In The Same Blog

I swear I go into every week thinking about one great thing to write about and then my non-diagnosed ADD kicks in. So, I’ll touch on a few things that have been on my mind, foreign and domestic.

Speaking of foreign…

"Um, not unless you have JAWS" (digitaltrends.com)

“Um, not unless you have JAWS” (digitaltrends.com)

Yes, North Korea’s new Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un has many aspirations of attacking someone other than South Korea, but why anyone would be concerned is beyond me. You can watch all those videos of N. Korea’s nelly-looking military, alas, don’t be frightened my babies. I think what’s more frightening is this propoganda video showing how Americans live. We apparently eat and drink a hell of a lot of snow. Do the N. Koreans really buy this nonsense? We all live in tents and abandoned buildings and it looks like we are rescued at the Disney monorail at the end. If anything, this video is a perfect plant for examining homelessness somewhere, I’m not sure all of that video was shot in the US. And although N. Korea has almost always been a dictatorship, the US will not intervene, at least not until we fear their weapons are stronger than a Nerf dart gun. Moving on…

That suit is so bad. (American Idol Facebook)

That suit is so bad. (American Idol Facebook)

I predict 2013 will be the year the American Idol ship finally sinks. Why? Well let’s begin with the sinking ratings. Idol’s target demographic (18-49) continues to abandon the reality monster every single week. Does it still come in at no. 1 every Wednesday night? You bet, but the show isn’t pummeling the competition like it used to. And for the first time, vote totals are really, really low. Despite the new SuperVote, which is where you can submit 50 votes online however you like, something or someone is still not bringing in hordes of numbers and viewers. My brief thoughts on the new judges. I like Keith Urban, but he’s very much a “yes man”. Viewers are not liking Nicki Minaj, but she is the best damn thing to happen to the show in 12 years. Okay, I still miss Mr. Cowell, but Minaj has mutated Cowell’s biting critcism, Paula’s incoherency, and Randy’s, well Randy’s nothing into real and honest critiques. And last, and certainly least, Mariah Carey has contributed nothing and they are paying her way too much to sit there and play with her hair. Well, she did contribute a fistful of glitter after (ICYMI) Candice Glover’s bad-ass cover of “Lovesong”. Golf clap for Mimi. And then, there’s this Lazaro problem. Here’s what I think is happening. Uncle Nigel (Lythgoe) is somehow manipulating the voting to where Lazaro, despite his poor-ass singing ability, yet “inspirational story” hook is keeping him around. It’s really embarrassing, yet how much behind the scenes prodding and manipulating is going on, no one really knows. And even though he has earned (?) a spot on the Idols Tour, there is no way in hell I would let him go out there every night and not only embarrass himself, but embarrass the Idol brand. I hope Kree Harrison, although she really needs to step up her performance style, wins, if not, Candice Glover for sure deserves it. But if Lazaro goes to the finale or wins? Mass viewer exodus will ensue.

Finally, I saw the new Evil Dead…eh.

 

 

 

As Expected, Steven Tyler And Jennifer Lopez Exit Idol, Randy Jackson M.I.A.

(cmtradiolive.com)

I’ll be honest, I never thought Steven Tyler or Jennifer Lopez were the best American Idol judges. Away from the show, both are talented entertainers who know when to leave. So is Idol really a sinking ship? Not necessarily, but whomever takes those judging seats will have to exceed expectations big time. The Adam Lambert story has quieted down since early this week, but I would say he’s definitely in the running for a seat whether it’s taking Randy’s place or one of the big name seats.

So, what about the Yo Dawg? His camp, if he has one, has stayed quiet on season 12 contract negotiations. I read somewhere this week that Jackson could possibly stay on the show as a mentor. Excuse me? I’m sorry but why would a someone who is not know for singing be a mentor in a SINGING competition? Come on Idol, grow a pair! Do you really want to sign another multimillion dollar paycheck over to Randy Jackson? I’m not saying that all that money has been wasted, but enough is enough.

The current names being thrown around for judges include, Mariah Carey, who missed out on a mentoring role in season one of The X-Factor USA, Mary J. Blige (eh, maybe), and Celine Dion, I like that one. Perez Hilton is once again campaigning (not sure if he’s completely serious) for a judge’s seat. Perez would be good, but I don’t think he’s a familiar enough name to certain audience age groups, aka, the older ones. I think the idea of throwing a younger artist into the mix as a judge is really the direction the producers need to go. Katy Perry would be great, but she’s extremely busy. Now if you’re telling me the producers are “considering” Miley Cyrus, back that thing up! Not a good idea. The other younger names rumored to be on the list, Nicki Minaj (wild card!) and Fergie, yes, Will.I.Am, NO!

At this point, I would like to see: Adam, maybe Jimmy Iovine, and I’m undecided on who the female judge should be. Oh wait! Shania Twain was great when she guest judged some auditions and she mentored one week, two years ago (???) However, Twain’s name has not come up so far, or I should say, yet. It wouldn’t be a complete curve ball, but it would change the game for sure.

I just pray Nigel Lythgoe’s contract is NOT renewed! Stay tuned…

Adam Lambert > Randy Jackson?

Yes ma’am! (CasparGirl/Flickr)

This is such a no-brainer, it’s a little funny. E! Online News broke the story Sunday night that Adam Lambert is being considered as a judge for season 12 of American Idol, and for once, the producers are finally getting with it.

Although ratings for the Idol monster are still good, as in, the show still wins its time slot every week, the numbers have not been as impressive since all the various judge shake-ups have taken place, not to mention recent years of crowning lackluster winners. According to the E! story, they say Jennifer Lopez is for sure NOT coming back, but other sources haven’t confirmed it. Naturally, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler are not confirmed to be coming back either. And the biggest shocker in the story, master manipulator/producer Uncle Nigel Lythgoe may also be exiting. So a serious attempt at a re-vamp may actually happen this time. No mention of Seacrest, but he’s not the reason people are not tuning in, but he might be.

In today’s rumblings, Lambert is being sought to replace Jackson, who has been there since the beginning. Um, I think Jackson should have been let go when Simon Cowell left. If the series wants to do a revitalization right, they must get rid of Jackson, no question. After Cowell’s departure, I guess the idea was to make Randy the mean, critical judge, that never happened. The only honest person on the show these days is record executive/mentor Jimmy Iovine, who I think deserves a judge’s slot. His pre-taped critiques have been the most blunt in analyzing each contestant’s performances. Plus, Iovine can be likable without dancing around and sputtering out catch phrases. Same goes for Lambert.

He will be real and he will be helpful. The only fear I have is if Adam decides to judge is that he’ll miss out on going forward with own career. I don’t want him to be pigeon-holed as a “judge on American Idol“, he will be great, but I hope he can still devote the time he wants to his other priorities. This will mark the first time a former Idol competitor will be able to relate directly to the hopefuls and the manic process they go through. It’s the missing piece the show needs, but will it be enough? And I have this question, the season 12 auditions are going on now, who is out there judging them? Stay tuned…

Donna Summer Gets Bumped AGAIN, Attack Of The Catsuits, And P2 Wins American Idol

When I read who all was going to be performing with the American Idol finalists yesterday, I got very excited, and in the end, I fast forwarded through A LOT when I got home. I was most excited Kristin Chenoweth was going to join now runner-up Jessica Sanchez in a Donna Summer tribute. Well, I had totally forgotten about it, but then I realized, they probably cut it from the show. Seriously??? They hauled out John Fogerty for winner  Phillip Phillips, Chaka Khan (we’ll return to her in a moment) for the ladies, and Neil Diamond for the guys, but they CUT Donna Summer?!? I did some investigating, because I knew there had to be an explanation as to why the tribute medley didn’t happen. Several media outlets promoted Chenoweth’s appearance, but then I couldn’t find why we didn’t see her. I checked Chenoweth’s Twitter and I finally saw an answer:

Wrong again Uncle Nigel! Did he honestly forget that Summer was a guest judge and performed with the girls on the finale in Season 7? I’m more angry over this bump than I am the Billboard Music Awards bump. Not cool!

As far as what I did watch on the finale, there were some odd moments and one spectacular performance. First of all, Joshua Ledet had confessed his love for Season 3 winner Fantasia all season long, so, he got to do a duet with her. However, this is what Fantasia wore:

Someone’s late for her Catwoman audition! (Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Meow-what?!? Not only did Fantasia barely strut around in a catsuit that I’m pretty sure she found at drag queen rummage sale in North Carolina, but she donned a less than fabulous weave. I hate to say all of that distracted me from hearing if she could still sing. I hope Josh is happy now, and hopefully, he’s a little disappointed. All right, well, moving on, the female finalists sang a Chaka Khan medley, and I read she was going to be on the show, but I wasn’t ready for what she was wearing:

No words (John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Okay, two facts: 1. She is 59 and 2. She recently lost 60 pounds. Great news! And although Khan’s catsuit was far superior to Fantasia’s, I think she could have worn something different, like maybe a fitted dress. When Khan finally came out, she had to be literally carried down the steps by Idol’s on-stage dancing entourage. I was watching it with a friend and we couldn’t decide if there was a camel toe issue. I know the people at SPANX were very happy after Wednesday night.

The other odd moment for me was Season 5 finalist Ace Young proposing marriage to Season 3 runner-up Diana DeGarmo. The ways producers come up with filler for a two hour show is staggering. I mean no one cares. Congratulations, but it was filler.

The best performance of the night came when Jessica Sanchez was joined by Tony-winner Jennifer Holliday for a fierce rendition of Holliday’s Dreamgirls essential, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”. Oh Lord, this was awesome! Here’s my problem, in my eyes, Holliday is the ONLY woman/diva who should ever sing that song. The evidence is when Holliday joined her Dreamgirls movie and Oscar-winning Effie White counterpart Jennifer Hudson on-stage in Atlanta three years ago…just watch and listen for the “Oh my Gods”. If this doesn’t give you the goosies, you are not a music fan.

I give props to Jessica for holding her own with Holliday who looked like she was trying to bite off Sanchez’s face on certain phrases. And when Sanchez took on the showstopper during the season, I knew she had a fair shot at making the finale and maybe winning. But NOOOOOO! The Vote for the Worst site guy/gal (no one knows) may take credit for the fifth straight “white guy with guitar” win, but Phillip Phillips did all by himself and he’s probably on his way for his much needed kidney surgery that could have possibly knocked him out of the finale altogether.

Seriously America, I’m in a lot of pain, but thanks. (Yahoo)

In less than two weeks, the auditions for season 12 will begin…yep, it will keep going and going and going and going, you get the point.