My “Idol” days might be numbered

I’ve watched American Idol nearly from the start. As the mom of a newborn that summer of 2002 it was fun to watch while I fed the baby.

I was draw in by Kelly vs Justin. (Although, I’m happy to say I never did watch the movie.)

The next season, I weighed in on the Clay vs Ruben debate. I still think Clay was robbed.

I’ve been through seasons that thrilled – getting goosebumps listening to Fantasia sing “Summertime” and watched as Simon Cowell accurately predicted that Carrie Underwood would be the most successful Idol.

I also stayed loyal during those seasons that seemed a little sub-par. Season six with Jordin Sparks versus that beat boxing guy. Not real riveting.

Then there were those years of picking cute, youngish white guys. (Wait. Aren’t they still doing that?) What are their names again: David Cook, Lee Dewyze, Chris somebody. Alright. That’s okay. The voters have spoken.

I even sat through the changes in judges. I liked Ellen DeGeneres and gained a new appreciation for Jennifer Lopez. (I didn’t realize she was that nice.) And Steven Tyler….well he never really gave any feedback of any kind, but it was fun to see what he would wear or (s)wear.

But I might be calling it a day with this show. Not for the contestants, which based on last night’s show seemed pretty run of the mill. We heard from people who endured hardships to pursue singing and starry-eyed teenagers looking for a break. It’s not for them that I’ll stop watching. In fact, I’d like to see more about them.

It seems last night’s show was more about the judges: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson. And who am I kidding? It was mostly about the first two. These two (overimpressed with themselves) women bickered most of the night. Poor Keith Urban was stuck between the two of them, squirming like a distant cousin at a dysfunctional family dinner. Poor guy. Probably questions his career decision with this one. Couldn’t he have just stayed down under with his lovely wife?

It wasn’t good TV, like some have claimed. It was irritating and obnoxious, much like Minaj herself.

This was just the first episode, so the loyal soul inside me says to give them another chance. But I’m busier now. My newborn is now almost 11 and I think we’re both a little over this.

Your Voice Has Been Heard – Now What?

Thanks to the thousands of you who voted in “ON TV’s” latest polls on who should win American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. It’s always fun to hear from readers on who their choice would be.

To recap: On TV readers chose Jessica Sanchez over Phillip Phillips to take the crown 54% over 46%. America obviously disagreed giving Phillips the edge.

The Dancing with the Stars vote was even closer. Get this: Katherine Jenkins beat out her male challengers in the narrowest of margins. She had 33.79% of the vote compared to 33.33% for Donald Driver and 32.88% for William Levy. A razor thin victory that didn’t translate to the real competition (Driver beat Jenkins who finished in 2nd with Levy in 3rd).

My point is with all of this. We need to do more polls. It was fun! Now I want to know what you want to talk about.

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So what will you read about here in the future? In addition to Dancing with the Stars and Idol, I like Modern Family, Smash, Castle, Hot in Cleveland, Ghost Hunters, Who do you think you are, Survivor and just about anything on the Food Network. I abhor The Bachelor franchise. More on that in a later post.

But let me know what shows you like. I’ll try to oblige you and write about them. But again, if I don’t, I’d love to read what you have to say about them. (Okay, sorry that was one more shameless plug, wasn’t it?)

Welcome Back American Idol! What do YOU think?

Is American Idol leading us on?

The pop culture staple is back for Season 11 and if you judge on its premiere episode last night, it’s going to be a season full of strong talent.

Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler (in their second season as a panel) traveled to Savannah, Georgia and found a deep pool of Southern talent. Right out of the gate, they were impressed by boyish looking teen David Leathers, Jr. The self-proclaimed “ladies man” actually beat last year’s AI winner, Scotty McCreery, in a local singing contest a couple of years ago. Leathers showed the judges why, with a voice much like a young Michael Jackson. He quickly got his golden ticket to Hollywood.

Leathers started a string of “You’re going to Hollywood” contestants. In all, the panel sent 42 singers to the next round – one of the strongest showings by a single city.

But did producers give us this episode first to lull us into believing this would be the year we’d hear greatness again like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson?

That remains to be seen.

What’s obvious is American Idol’s Modus Operandi is unchanged. A few great singers, a handful of crazies, and lots of sob stories.

They introduced us the a woman from Tennessee who’s currently living in a tent in the woods. She wore a borrowed dress to sing in front of the judges. She’s going to Hollywood.

We also met a man who quit his job when he wasn’t able to take time off for the AI audition. His pregnant wife encouraging him along the way. He also got a pass to Hollywood.

I don’t want to be a cynic. But I wish both of these contestants had been a little stronger. I’d love to see them win it all – modern-day Cinderella stories, but based strictly upon what I heard I’m not sure that’s going to happen. The voices were okay, but not as strong as their stories.

AI is about making good TV. It’s up to the voters to decide who they’d choose. Votes, often cast not just on singing ability, but the narrative of the contestant.

All singing aside, what I enjoyed perhaps the most from last night’s show was Steven Tyler’s antics. Both his sometimes inappropriate and incomprehensible comments and his star power. For some reason, women of all ages still lust after the 63-year-old rocker and he loves every minute of it. And I do too. For example, I got a huge kick out of the contestant who introduced herself as Steven Tyler’s “future ex-wife.” She was there to meet Tyler. But to do that she had to sing. She did and she wasn’t great. No trip to Hollywood. But she did get a hug from Tyler, including a squeeze of his butt.

I hope that doesn’t end up being the best part of the Season.

Question: Who did you like from last night’s episode?