I've yet to see any threads on any of the audition episodes of American Idol and I was going to leave well enough alone, until tonight. This one was one of the more memorable episodes for quite a few reasons. Among the observations:
-Gene Simmons was way too tough as a guest judge. He was extremely critical and hardly let anyone through. -David Brown. Remember that name, kids, because if tonight is any indication, he'll undoubtedly be this season's frontrunner. -But not far behind, I imagine, will be Lindsay Cardinale. She's got the talent and the look. I can't help but wonder, though, if she took exception to Ryan Seacrest's "But someone who WOULD look good in red lipstick and women's underwear" comment? -First memorable Gene-ism of the night: "I like you. No!" -I liked Jeffrey Johnson. Gene hit it right on the head when he said that he'd make a great country singer since his devoutness to Christianity would inevitably conflict with any kind of pop career. I can see why he'd say no, because this is mainly a pop competition. This is the one area where I applaud Gene, whereas many will probably see him as being overly critical. -How drugged out and incoherent was Leroy Wells? He made Lil Jon look like an Ivy League Scholar. Naturally, he'll end up with some kind of contract someday and he'll undoubtedly take up valuable time on my TV. I hate society. But at least we can officially say William Hung is yesterday's news...and that's SOMETHING to be happy about. Right? Right? -We finish the night with two set of twins. A very mediocre pair advances, while Simon COMPLETELY toys with the second pair to the point where Paula and Randy walk out. It wasn't enough to turn them down as a tandem, but Simon purposely has the other judges evaluate them separately just to knock them down again. What a jerk! -On that note, Simon was in full Absolute Dick Mode tonight to the point where Paula just got fed up with it. But as much as it may have pissed Paula off, this was Classic Simon and a big part of what made American Idol such a phenomenon in the first place. I mean, seriously! What he did to that last pair of twins was the epitome of dickhood. And the best part was that he KNOWS he has the power to be this cruel and get away with it. You can't help but love and hate this man at the same time. I salute the power that is SIMON~!
The auditions continue tomorrow in Vegas. I'm very curious about one of the twins making a second attempt to audition. You've got to love his persistence.
I kept waiting for Leroy Wells to do the Spinarooni and pop out a "SUCKA!" every time he opened his mouth. But I think he is smarter than he sounded. He damn well knew what he was doing, knew he was going to get on TV, and as mentioned, knew he was the new William Hung.
I was extremely happy after Seacrest's comment that Lindsay turned out to be legal.
Jeffery Johnson is in extremely good shape ragardless of where he goes from here. Even if he doesn't make the final 12, he at least has enough screen time to get looked at by Christian recording labels.
(I was going to skip all of these audition shows and just start watching from the final 12, to not pre-form any opinions about the finalists. Of course, the night of the first audition show nobody wanted to program against it, so nothing else was on, so Mrs. JJD flipped it to "Idol", so...DAMMIT.)
It sounded like the twins (the white ones) were saying they didn't even go together, and that the producers pushed them in there together. WTF? If that's the case I don't blame the one guy for heading to Vegas, since Randy and Paula liked him so he would just need to get Kenny loggins to like him to go through.
I've found myself feeling very badly for some of these horrible auditioners, like Mary-what'shername in the red shirt who was the last one on one of last week's shows. I truly believe most of these bad singers know they are bad and just want to try to get on TV, but man, there are some DELUDED people out there about their ability to sing.
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How many more audition shows are there? I only watch the ones where the people who absolutley suck are on, once the show goes into the actual competition I don't watch anymore. Watching people sing in little 3 minutes spurts is not very entertaining to me, it's like watching karaoke.
Did you guys catch one of the white twins busting out the "insider wrestling lingo" after he lost? Not only did he (repeatedly) say that they got "jobbed out", but he referred to telling the confessional camera that they were coerced into performing together as "shooting".
Another bit of info on Leroy, he was doing the late Ol Dirty Bastard's "Baby I Got Your Money". All Leroy did for me was continue to point out how lame and fake Randy is. He's such a desperate old man using slang in the wrong places and contexts. He reminds me of Michael Cole.
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Despite the fact that I have 277 titles to share with you this week (223 DVDs, 48 Blu-ray and 6 "digital"), this is a shockingly light week when it comes to releases of substance. Nonetheless, we forge onward.