Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Top 5 Countdown Begins on AI Tonight
Pre-show chatter: Many of us are still reeling from last week's surprise vote-off, including Carly Smithson herself. Here you see Carly's shocked expression as her right arm screams into her ear, "I told you not to do that song!" I have to say that Carly was very gracious on her early morning exit interviews, though.
Well, here's where I'm about to lose some loyal readers.
For years, my least favorite singer has been Neil Diamond. The voice = gravel in my iced tea. The voice = velcro snagging pantyhose. I know that he has been and still is wildly popular; I know I'm totally missing something that the rest of the world gets, but I'm telling you, I cannot figure it out for the life of me. I feel like I'm on the outside of a bubble looking in at people enjoying Neil Diamond, while I choose to sit out on the frozen tundra listening to the wind howl rather than go to the other side of the bubble and listen to "the voice."
In fact, my non-appreciation of Neil Diamond music is so widely known that a core group of students in our youth ministry, the apprentices, once visited a tchotchke shop without my being along on the trip. The next morning, I found a Neil Diamond album on my desk signed by all of the apprentices. So this is not a contrivance just for me to blog about tonight. This is a historical fact: I hate Neil Diamond music.
So, this season, I've had to contend with: country music, Broadway, and Neil Diamond, my three least-favorite musical categories. Nevertheless, I hang in there week after week, hoping against hope that it will one day be Bobby Vinton week. Ha. Just kidding. (But, oh, imagine David Cook rocking out "Blue Velvet.")
But that leads me to ask: Is there a category of music or a particular group/person whose music you'd like to see highlighted one week?
People, get off Paula's back! She has done this show for so long, she could literally do it in her sleep, and that's just what she did tonight, which accounts for that slight "blip" where she pre-judged Jason's 2nd song before he actually sang it. Alternative theory: Paula is the Nostradamus of AI, foreknowing and therefore fore-able to forejudge Jason's future 2nd performance. Each is a plausible Abdullian theory. So come on, people. Just get off Paula's back! Paula forever! We should rally around the slogan, "No Paula Left Behind" because she clearly suffers from "Phantom Judging Syndrome." I'm thinking of starting "PETP," People for the Ethical Treatment of Paula. Because a Paula Abdul is a terrible thing to waste. Paula, you're up there ... and, you're just ... up there, and you're ... just ... clap. clap. clap.
And now those other people.
Syesha looked gorgeous with her newly grown (extended) hair. Seriously, she looked so classy tonight. This is my favorite night for her.
Ooh, Jason. I think this was his last night.
Brooke was adorable and did well. She sang that weird song that says, "No one heard at all, not even the chair." That lyric kills me every time I hear it. I just don't know if Brooke's performances are good enough at this point ....
I loved David A. tonight. I thought he ruled the evening.
I know; I know; you all thought David C. ruled. He gave Neil Diamond goosebumps. Neil almost does that for me, if you count making my hair stand on end.
OK, guys, let's hear it! Let's have the "idol chatter!"