The other day Angel and I were trying to nail down exactly why American Idol tends to be so unexciting much of the time, while we're riveted by So You Think You Can Dance and Top Chef, and while it has to do with pacing and casting and a whole bunch of other things, like Cat Deeley being much better television than Seacrest, I think the big reason is that SYTYCD and TC people are just doing things I'm not capable of. So much of Idol is crappy karaoke, and literally all of us can do crappy karaoke. That's unimpressive. What I can't do is professional level dance, or create a passable meal out of crap from a vending machine. People who can do those things with ease are inherently interesting, even when they're not trash-talking each other and stealing their competition's caviar. In fact, I'm enjoying seeing professionals who respect and admire each other have fun good-naturedly "competing." But, you know, I get why a lot of people find that boring too. Everybody's different!
So anyway, that being said, I didn't love last night's Top Chef Masters as much as the first episode. I liked parts of it (seeing fancy chefs just lose it over having to work with canned ingredients is delicious), but I'll admit that it was largely dull. Suzanne Tracht is a zombie, and Wylie, who I usually like just fine, annoyed the hell out of me. What an irritating little bitch, right? And I was so excited about Darlton and the Lost-themed elimination challenge, but man, what a letdown it all was. The chefs weren't excited about the show, Darlton wasn't as funny as they usually are and didn't get much screentime, the rest of the producers and writers weren't introduced (though Elizabeth Sarnoff did end up with the extra chicken plate that Wylie screwed up because he was too busy being an irritating little bitch to plate correctly, and Damon referred to her as "Liz," which I guess counts as an introduction), and it just seemed like such little time devoted to something that was so hyped to Lost fans. Also, somebody forced Kelly to only refer to Lost as ABC's Lost, which, ugh, duh. Remove anvil, please!
I mean, good lord! You won something, lady! Get excited!
And everyone's super thrilled reaction to the Lost challenge:
So yeah, episode fail. They should have let the Smoke Monster guest on the judges' table. Bitch can do some judging.
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