Guest blogger Claire Meyerhoff: Well, we finally got to see what all the fuss was about. Yup, for the first time in American Idol History, the judges waved their magic wand over the contestant with the least amount of votes and “saved” him.
“Him” being that guy I always say sounds something like Justin Timberlake but his real name is Matt Giraud.
Matt gets to sing for us again next week…and it’s Disco Week! Ryan Seacrest tells us that next week, TWO contestants will go home. Wait, I thought the magic wand was really magic…so what gives? According to the guy next to me on the sofa, the magic wand is “yet another gimmick designed to keep this tired format afloat.”
Is American Idol tired? My friend Beth Fouhy used to love American Idol, but she doesn’t watch anymore, which is a shame, because we used to have some really deep discussions about things like “the Sanjaya Effect.” Over the years, my hardcore Idol fan friends have been dropping like flies and I’m afraid that soon, the only ones left watching will be me and my pal Maryann Krokowski.
Since my editor Adrienne has given me this pulpit, I’m going to put it to good use and maybe, just maybe the people in charge of Idol will hear my cry;
PLEASE!!! Put the good singers through and forget the gimmicks!
I swear, during Hollywood week, I heard a lot of really good singers. REALLY GOOD. SINGERS who were much better than some in our current crop of seven. If the singers were more exciting, I would have something more to write about than magic wands.
OK, that’s enough broad criticism for one blog! I’m going to locate my cheery side and end this baby on an upbeat note....
Our local guy, Tarheel Anoop Dog is still in the game and with Disco Week on the horizon we hope he continues Stayin’ Alive (couldn’t resist).