I haven’t watched American Idol this season. Quite frankly I think the magic is gone now that Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul are no longer on the show.
I watched last season and gave the new judges a try. Randy Jackson has always annoyed me, but I could handle his inability to use the English language as long as there were other judges on the panel who evened him out.
Jennifer Lopez, J-Lo or whatever her name of the moment is, tries too hard to be an expert. Let’s face it, without the body and face, Jenny from the Block possess no real talent, so her attempts at being an expert fall short, in my opinion.
Then there is Steven Tyler…. LOVE HIM as a singer, LOVE HIM as a performer, MASSIVE Talent! I feel slimy when I watch him as a judge, Steven can make the most mundane compliment sound dirty. Call me crazy but, I just get weirded out when I see 60-year-old men flirting with 20 year olds.
SO… for those reasons, and those reasons alone I stopped watching.
Then comes last night…… NOTHING is on TV and I have caught up on all my TiVo shows. I turn on American Idol.
Well lo and behold, what I found there was some of the best talent I have seen on that show in YEARS! The judges still annoyed me, but man oh man there are some talented kids on the show this year.
After watching once, I have a couple of favorites.
Joshua Ledet WOW! That boy has pipes….. he is a total throw-back to a time when singers sang and didn’t auto-tune. I really like his gospel inspired voice.
Philip Phillips, ok you KNOW his parents partied when they were younger… they had to! I like his style, he has a really good feel to his performance and seemed like a total smart-ass which I loved!
Jessica Sanchez, I wasn’t crazy about her first song, but when she sang “Dance with My Father” she was awesome. She is my pick for the best female performer.
My bottom 3 are Skylar Laine, Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanaugh…… ok, seriously, what is up with the accent? Is she British or Texan, HHHMMMMMM, I felt like she was having a Madonna moment with the accent.
My pick to go home tonight…. Elise Testone.
Now, if I could just mute Randy, Jennifer and Steven I would start watching full-time again. Oh who am I kidding, I am hooked now for another season!