They've weeded out the outright terrible, and now we're down to a mere 40 people (20 guys and 20 girls) and heading to Vegas. Must mean it's time for the semifinals... or as we like to call it, when we actually start bothering to learn some of these people's names.
Not sure if you heard, but this show has new judges now.
Well, this is going to be weird. The Simon-less American Idol season begins tonight with auditions in New York and New Jersey, and considering everyone's joking (but kind of not at all joking) that this is going to be the show's final year (and it seems to know it -- just look at that press photo to the left. It's like they're all hanging out in heaven's parking garage), I guess we should all tune in for this death knell of a season.
They're hysterical, they take up most of your free time during the day (and some of your work time) and it seems like there's always a new one to watch. They're viral internet videos, and, like Pokemon, you've gotta catch them all in order to be truly up-to-date with the State of The Internet. Luckily, every week Daniel Tosh sits us down for a little fireside chat and tells us what the Internet is doing. He also catches us up with an older video we may have forgotten about in his Web Redemption, and this week's is a doozy: the American Idol girls.
The TV waves have been missing a certain -- oh gosh, what's the term? -- let's just say "X Factor" for the past few months, but tonight promises to bridge the gap with a whole new season of American Idol!
Another season, another soon-to-be forgotten winner of American Idol.
Now that Bikini Girl is out of the running, we can all watch this show somewhat happily now, right? Well maybe after tonight's drawn out reveal of the top 36 contestants. Does that really need to take two hours? Really? Two hours of watching Simon, Paula, Randy and Kara put their heads together and deliberate before deciding if they are going to torture Seacrest (and us) by putting Nick Mitchell and Tatiana through to the finals. And we'll get to see if Kara actually is able to voice any opinions on the matter, which could be kind of a refreshing perspective.
Our long national nightmare is about to be over. Thank god. This season has seemingly gone on forever, even more so than in season's past, because the eventual final two was so predictable for so long. Crystal Bowersox seemed like a shoo-in for the finals the moment she stepped foot on the stage and started singing. Lee DeWyze had that competently quiet thing that Kris Allen worked so successfully last year. And aside from wildcard Siobhan Magnus, can you really see the likes of Casey James or Michael Lynche actually being the next American Idol winner? I'm not even going to remember their names in two months. As it is I can't even name the Top 10.
More painful to watch than the early audition rounds, more overly padded than your traditional results show, more irritating than Kara's pawing all over Simon... it's Idol Gives Back. After a year off from the fundraising and helping the world, this in-show telethon is back again to wreak havoc on my normal viewing schedule. It takes up two hours of a Wednesday evening and will be filled with celebrities and former Idol contestants doing good all around the world.
So this is it: the end of this season's Idol. All the Adam/Gokey and now Adam/Kris fan wars, speculation about who will win and whether Gokey fans will all vote for Kris to spite Adam, and (accurate) accusations of Adam favoritism by the judges and media, and weird homophobes coming out of the woodwork to attack Adam -- it's all over after tonight. Kind of a relief, isn't it? It's been an exciting season, and I love Adam and think Kris is great, but I'm pretty worn out from all of this. I just want a winner, both the winner and runner-up to get record deals, some half-decent new pop singles in a couple months and for everybody to be happy. And tonight's finale is the first step! Good luck to both of them. The end.