Tuesday, May 12, 2009

American Idol final three!

I have a confession to make - I am totally addicted to American Idol this season. In past seasons, I only tuned in for the final three or four contestants, but this season I have been faithfully watching since Hollywood week. Since it has been a weekly fixture in my life this year, I would like to dedicate this blog post to my opinions on this year's finalists:

1. Adam Lambert: I think I am the only person watching American Idol that is not a huge Adam fan. Don't get me wrong - I do think he's compelling. Also, he's great for the show because I think most of us are tuning in each week in part to see what the hell he is going to do next. He has a confidence as a performer that is thrilling to watch, and a musicianship that not a lot of the other Idol hopefuls have had. (He is also consistently gracious towards the band and singers that accompany him, which I think is nice.) The problem I have with him winning? I just don't enjoy listening to him sing! Ring of Fire? Disturbing, to say the least. If he were the new American Idol, I would understand America's decision, but I wouldn't be listening to his songs on the radio or buying his album.

2. Danny Gokey: At the beginning of the season, I was a huge Danny fan. I loved the way his raspy voice made you think that you were feeling the same pain he felt when his wife passed away. I loved the fact that he was goofy. And then...something happened midway through the season. Maybe it's because he started to seem a little less humble and a little more comfortable with all of his newfound fame and success.
Maybe it was that I started to forget his personal story and began to focus a little more on that raspy voice which was...SCREAMING...ALL THE TIME. And maybe it's because of that note he (didn't) hit last week. Whatever happened, it did, and I now firmly believe that he only survived into the top three because Vote for the Worst kept him alive. Poor Alison. She was so good, too...

3. Kris Allen: I heart Kris Allen. And yes, part of it is definitely because he is cute as a button. And sure, part of it is because his style of music is just like other artists that I really like (John Mayer called, and I think he wants his music back). But mostly, I love that he has been the contestant most consistently ignored by the judges week after week, and instead of getting frustrated, he just comes back the next week with another solid performance. I don't think he has the rock star quality to win this year's Idol, but unless something drastic happens, he sure has my final vote.

I can't believe it is season finale time in the land of TV...this summer I will continue to watch Mad Men and Boston Legal on DVD while regular TV is on hiatus. Also, I will get back to reading! All these shows (Grey's Anatomy, Idol, The Office, Desperate Housewives) have distracted me from the pile of books on my bookshelf that demand to be read. First up: The Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao...

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