Six Random Thoughts About ‘American Idol’

APPROVED_ai_08-paula-jazz_0392abrF_1[1] 1) After listening to the contestants on Tuesday night, shouldn’t they add a 14th number for a “none of the above” category, even at the risk of connecting to another phone-sex line?

2) Paula Abdul has officially begun creeping me out, so much so that watching the show has become uncomfortable. I’ve been at parties before when I was talking to someone who acted like that, and the fascination with how they’re holding themselves together begins to mesh uncomfortably with the sense that they might fall into you, throw a drink at you, or throw up on your shoes. Abdul’s on-air demeanor has gotten so weird that even my buddy who got fixed up with her on a blind date in high school has finally stopped talking about it.

3) Fortunately, we have other people here that watch “American Idol” with religious fervor. I just can’t bring myself to do that. Thanks to TiVo, however — zapping through all the human-interest fluff, Ryan Seacrest’s non-interviews and the commercials — I actually finished a two-hour episode in about 50 minutes. Then I watched “The Daily Show” to cleanse my palate and reactivate my brain.

4) Favorite moment: When Simon Cowell turned to Gordon Ramsay in the audience, and he didn’t have a microphone, so his lips just moved without any sound. That’s actually the first time I’ve ever found the “Hell’s Kitchen” chef tolerable. And at least his hair looked way better than his mentor, Marco Pierre White, from NBC’s “The Chopping Block.”

5) Cowell had a fabulous burst of honesty when he blurted out that “American Idol” isn’t about art. Bingo.

6) Now that it’s been pretty well established that becoming the official chronicler of “American Idol” is not going to stop the bleeding at — much less save — the sadly beleaguered Los Angeles Times, is there any chance that the paper might reduce its coverage of all things “Idol” back to merely a ridiculous amount, instead of a breathless, pandering, embarrassingly ridiculous amount?

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  1. Grace says:

    So what’s your idea of great entertaining TV? Who Want’s to Be a Millionaire? Jeopardy? No, TMZ because you’re just so above a show that produces and gives chances to entertainers like Carrie Underwood, who whether you like her or not, definitely is entertaining someone out there. Maybe she’s entertaining someone not as into TV as you are, someone who actually watches the show and does not Tivo it for later convenient viewing and their all important review and comments. Please. That you think there is anything so good or so bad on TV that it can’t be missed and you have to Tivo it is sad. it’s snobs like you who probably couldn’t carry a tune in the shower, let alone stand in front of millions of people and belt out your soul for all its worth, unfortunately to idiots like yourself. Paula is lovely and for my money humanizes the agony the poor kids on the show have to go through by making a few encouraging remarks. And for that she’s off kilter? Check your own balance when your on the air – I’d be surprised to see how “with it” you come off as on paper you’re an absolute moron.

  2. CBT says:

    couldn’t agree more..

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