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    Tuesday, May 20, 2008

    Idol Finale

    I realize we haven't posted on Idol much lately, as it came down to the inevitable Cook vs. Archuleta final, but tonight I will have a final say on the performances tonight, and my prediction for the winner tomorrow.

    David A was very good tonight and David C put in a decent performance, too. But, let's face it, based on tonight's performances, little David is and should be, the victor. Based on the performances from the entire season, I think he's the winner, too.

    Still, David Cook has nothing to be ashamed of. He has performed brilliantly, he has shown us the kind of music he will record, and I think he'll be successful with at least one album, in the Daughtry mold.

    I think David A will have at least one decent album, too. He is an amazing singer, and it'll be interesting to see what kinds of songs he is given to record. I'm not likely to buy them, but, the kids that are making the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus rich will go for it. They might go for it until he turns 20, too. So, he could have a relatively long career ahead of him.

    So, congrats to both. It was obvious after David A did "Imagine" and David C did "Billy Jean" that these two were the class of this field.

    Idol is losing some of it's punch, but we found two performers who can be popular. We'll just have to wait and see if they can match Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Daughtry in their future success.


    reddog said...

    I was reading a commentary somewhere on the net that was making the comparison between the current season of American Idol and the Presidential race.

    Apparently there is a young, charismatic performer, with a lot of raw talent and emotional appeal, an older, seasoned performer with a more traditional repertoire and a mature woman, without much charisma or obvious appeal, always on the verge of being eliminating but who manages to persevere through hard work and adaptive ability.

    I never watch reality TV, unless naked lesbians are featured or much of the political campaigning, it's all crap. It was a very interesting comparison though. Sometimes you wonder if our political system is about anything more than personal popularity and whether issues of war, peace, economics and equity have anything to do with people's electoral decisions. I'm coming around to the idea that they do not.

    I think real change is not possible until people get hungry and see there leaders ignore them, as their children start to starve. It's coming, maybe not for awhile here. We're all still pretty fat here.

    Jay said...

    It's an interesting comparison, except really instead of a "charismatic" personality, the AI youngster is pure vanilla, a perfectly pleasant voice and non-threatening, much like the presumptive Democrat nominee. Honestly, when you boil his rhetoric down, it's all fluff, really saying nothing.

    I sense you are right, though, about real change not being possible until something dramatic happens. 9/11 was dramatic, and it ushered in, for a while, real change in the way we viewed the world. I agree that this administration overplayed this hand, and the country, quite honestly, is tired of the changes 9/11 wrought, and, instead of real change, seeks the "normalcy" of the Clinton years, which in a way, is what both Hillary and Obama are offering.

    I personally feel we can not go back anytime soon to those days, as much as I would like it to be 1999 again, that changed in 2000/2001 when the Internet bubble burst, and on 9/11 when the global security bubble exploded.

    I suppose we could argue that all three candidates offer some kind of change from something. Obama/Clinton offer change that takes us backwards to a time we can't repeat, and McCain offers perhaps a more reasonable continuation of the change path we were on post-9/11.

    We shall see what the people really want, for they will get it.