The best of both Davids {American Idol}

May 19, 2008

For the next two nights we’ll see the best of both Davids: David Archuleta is young, cute, and has those dreamy eyes. In my day, he’d be on the cover of Tiger Beat magazine with the caption, “Win a date with David” and “Inside, new David Archuleta trading cards–collect all 25!” David Archuleta looks like an American Idol. Yes, he’s a good singer, too. But the future of American Idol depends on fans wanting to watch American Idol, and David Archuleta is just the guy whose wholesome good looks can whip fans into a frenzy. I don’t think David Cook has that kind of charisma. He’s older, has an established style, and can play an instrument. He’s got the Zac Efron bangs going for him, but that’s not enough; David Cook has to play his music and sing to inspire his audience. His maturity and raw talent will help him establish a long lasting recording career, but they won’t make him an American Idol. I believe David Cook will go on to be memorable, like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. Each finalist has a promising future, but I believe David Archuleta should become an American Idol first. American Idol has already launched David Cook’s career this season, he doesn’t need the title, nor would he represent brand as well as David Archuleta. Be sure to tune in.

PJ

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Bear Grylls is trying hard to be an anti-role model {Best Week Ever}

May 10, 2008

National Geographic Discovery Channel has lawsuit waiting to happen with Man vs. Wild. Host Bear Grylls’s gross-out appeal is just made for bored tween-aged boys needing another excuse to injure insects and animals. I can hear it now: “Hey dad, the Beaver and I are going outside to play Man vs. Wild. It’s OK, Dad, it’s the Discovery Channel.”

As highlighted on VH1’s Best Week Ever:

Adam Winer (writer): Bear went on to cook more bugs, cut off fish heads, stab a frog into a tree, and dig into a rotting carcass.

Bear: This should be cooked, but it’s not the time nor the place to start a fire!

John Mulaney (comedian): No. this is a good time to start a fire; when you have raw meat, it’s the best time.

Paul Scheer: (actor/comedian): But like all bindgers, all that eating caught up with him and…wow…yikes!

Bear: I think I have to stop here for two seconds; this diarrhea is not waiting for anyone.

PJ: Lovely. I don’t get it. He’s not a contestant in a game show, he can’t possibly be making a documentary, so what’s his point? I’m not impressed with Mr. Bear.

Moving on and lightening up– a highlight of this week’s Best Week Ever was Brooke White , an American Idol eliminated contestant, parodying herself with an infomercial, “Brooke White: Stop and Sing the Classics,” which was as good, if not better, than a Saturday Night Live sketch! Brooke’s ability to laugh at herself is worthy of a role model!

PJ


Elizabeth Berkley claims, “So many shows celebrate people who don’t really have anything” {Chelsea Lately}

May 8, 2008

On Chelsea Lately last night, special guest Elizabeth Berkley {Saved by the Bell, Showgirls,CSI Miami} said that the contestants on her show, Step It Up and Dance, “are professionals.” Berkley continued, “What sets the show apart is that people…”

“…have talent…I know, not like American Idol…” Chelsea Handler chimed in with her usual dry wit and sarcasm. Unfortunately, Berkley took the bait and blurted back, “Right, so many shows celebrate people who don’t have anything.” I’m not sure how Handler kept a straight face when she replied, “People who don’t really have…Hello?”

But talent is not what Reality TV is all about; if it was, Berkley would probably not have been selected to host Step It Up and Dance. Although Elizabeth Berkley has a few acting awards to her credit, she’s a new Bravo TV host mainly because of her infamous performance in Showgirls, for which she won a couple of “Razzies.” Realty TV is not about talent, it’s about finding talent. Reality TV is about people with potential fighting their way for a chance at more than 15 minutes of fame. I don’t watch Step It Up and Dance, but I saw a preview for the next episode. One of the professional dancers gets injured while trying to dance suspended in a cage ball. Then the judges tell them they’re all up for elimination. Will this be the first time an entire cast goes home at the same time? I won’t lose any sleep over the outcome. Berkley shouldn’t worry either; she’s got a supporting role in CSI Miami, a show that will be around a lot longer than Step It Up and Dance.

PJ

Left: Elizabeth Berkley with David Caruso on CSI Miami


David Cook’s performance worthy of Rock Hall venue {American Idol}

May 7, 2008

I started to feel as if I were in A Clockwork Orange watching American Idol last night; being forced to watch the red Coca-Cola trademark on a million TV screens when Ryan Seacrest interviewed finalists was mind-numbing. However, I was very impressed with David Cook’s soulful rendition of The Who’s classic Teenage Wasteland. Cook made this song “relevant” (to borrow a word from Paula Abdoul) for the times. I can actually admit I was wrong in my last post- an up-and-coming artist can perform a copy of an original recording. David Cook breathed new life into this old classic, claiming it for himself as a solo act. “He is back!” was all the judges had (thankfully) to say; the performance spoke for itself. Jason Castro did not sing that well this week and even Randy Jackson appeared offended. “That was a Karaoke BOMB,” said Jackson. He didn’t even say, “Karaoke bomb, DAWG.”

I have to end here… for some reason I feel that I need to drink a can of Coke.

PJ


Why I’m yawning through American Idol…

April 30, 2008

On the last episode of American idol, the contestants sang Neil Diamond tunes. My 11 year old daughter had never heard of Neil Diamond, and after the show had no future desire to listen to Neil Diamond. She loves American Idol for its future stars. However, I’d prefer if the finalists sang their own music, not cover the “classics” because the original artists sang them better!!! I feel fortunate enough my age (44) to have been able to go to see these original artists as well as some amazing bands perform “LIVE” in concert. Back then a concert felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity (unless you were a Deadhead). If I’m getting too sentimental it’s because what I like about American Idol is the fact that its TV audience actually sits around a single television set (or plasma HD flatscreen) and watches this show together. Does anyone remember watching The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights with their family? So I will continue to tune in and tolerate American Idol for sentimental reasons, not because I think the show is fun to watch (its not).

PJ

p.s. I can’t end this post without suggesting how the producers can spice up the show: No more icons on IdolBarry Manilow, Julie Andrews, Josh Groban, and the cast of The Lion King are out. Bring in Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor, and David Lee Roth (finalists must wear spandex). I’d also be happier if each finalist could arrange their own version of a former one-hit-wonder. Until then, I’ll be yawning through American Idol and looking forward to next season’s hilarious audition episodes.

PJ


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