Friday, March 25, 2011

The New Season of American Idol

Yes, it's that time of year again, when millions of people gather around to watch American Idol.  Some watch it because they love it, others watch it so they can sit and mock everything, and some watch it like they would a car accident - they just can't tear their eyes away.  Talent and tantrums - this show has it all.

When Paula left, I wasn't sure how the show was going to work, but it hung in there pretty well.  I did not, however, think it was going to survive after Simon Cowell left.  You might love him, you might hate him, but we can all agree on the fact that he has been an institution of the show and to have American Idol without him ... well, I had my doubts.

I watched the first episode with some trepidation.  How was I going to like the new judges?  Would Idol make it through this first rough season with a new cast?

I was pleasantly surprised.  I'm really enjoying this season and I think the judges are doing a great job.

Over on Facebook, though, I saw some people complaining about how the judges aren't offering any solid advice.  I'm confused at this statement - I think the judges are doing an awesome job.  Let's compare the old judges with the new for a moment, shall we?

Old Judges:

Randy Jackson - Yo, man, whassup?  Whatcha doin' tonight?  You know, dog, I just wasn't feeling it tonight. It just wasn't there for me, you know?  I mean, I gotta give you props for comin' out here, but for me, well, it just wasn't there.  Dude, you know what I'm sayin'.

Paula Abdul - You know what, you look really nice tonight.

Simon Cowell -  That was the slimiest piece of sludge that has ever been scraped off the bottom of someone's shoe.

New Judges:

Steven Tyler - Well, bring out the barnyard animals and let's have a hoe-down - that was terrific.

Jennifer Lopez - You did an amazing job of opening up your vocal chords and just letting the sound wash out.  I would work on those low notes, though.

Randy Jackson - Dog, you know what, you can really do it, man.  And I've been here for ten seasons, man, so dog, you know, you and me are tight, man.

So I don't know what the Facebook people are complaining about.  I'm hearing really good advice from the new judges, references to barnyard animals notwithstanding.  I'm very happy to say that I think my earlier prediction of the death of American Idol will not come to pass.

*All celebrity quotes were generated in the sleep-deprived imagination of the blog author and are not meant to be misconstrued as actual quotes by the celebrity in question, although you have to admit, they're pretty darned close.


Retired Knitter said...

Holy cow, what a hoot of a post! Loved it.

Like Dude, fabulous :) :)

I am a watcher of idol once they get down to the top 12 or so. And I agree with your statements on the judges.

You captured it perfectly.

I also watch Dancing with the Stars. Any thoughts on that?

Lillian J. Banks said...

Ha! Tristi, that was awesome! I had a niece on this year (not saying who) she loved the experience. I actually miss Simon- where is the Simon in the writing industry?? I actually like that kind of tough love critiques- in doses. Maybe once a year, lol. I can't believe you have any time to watch TV, you are so busy. - Lillian

Marta said...

I think Jennifer is actually starting to give some decent advice. The Tylerisms are turning into the best part of the show, though.

T said...

I try and try and try... but I just have never been able to bring myself to care one whit about these contestants - call me evil, but I usually watch only the first few shows where they're pretty much showcasing the horrible people who should have stayed home.

Anna said...

Love the sleep-deprived quotes. Has it already started? I don't keep track of the shows very well.

Of course, we don't have television right now, so anything from TV that I watch has to be found on Netflix or Hulu.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I do watch Dancing with the Stars. I'm sure you'll see a post about that in the future.

I don't watch TV - we actually don't have TV service - but I watch Hulu and after the fact.

Karey said...

I loved your celebrity quotes. I can't look at Steven Tyler, but other than that, I think they're doing a great job. In fact, I like Jennifer better than any of the female judges they've had over the years. Fun post.

Patty Ann said...

Yes, my daughters and I are also enjoying the season. We think the talent is pretty amazing this year!!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

He he. Fun quotes! :) I haven't watched this season at all. Just haven't had time. I've heard really good things about it though. I may have to tune in one of these weeks...

Rebecca Talley said...

I've been watching AI this year. I like the judges, though I think Steven Tyler forgot he should wear man clothes instead of those girly ones.

My favs: Pia, Scotty, Lauren, Jacob.

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