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Thursday, May 21, 2009

American Idle


I know, I know. You’re tired of hearing about American Idol. After entering into the pop culture world where excessive is anything but a bad word and giving America an overdose of trivial things to talk about, American Idol has left a couple of us with a bit of an attitude when we hear yet another terrible Simon impression or see one of those almost comically tawdry Ford green screen promotions (of course, I admit the nearly 100 million votes last night may prove me to be a minority in my opinion). I think by now even Pavlov’s dogs are salivating when they hear that all too familiar throw-to-a-commercial-and-play-this-catchy-tune theme song from the show. But the fact is, as much as I would like to sit here and be cynical about it, the show is a phenomenon in the music world. And nothing proved that quite like last night’s awards show that drew the likes of Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas, Queen Latifa, Cyndi Lauper, Rod Stewart, Santana, Queen Latifah, Keith Urban, Lionel Ritchie, Steve Martin, David Cook, Jason Mraz, Kiss and Queen to the stage. I have never seen such an eclectic group of incredibly talented and respected artists perform on one stage in one night. So, while American Idol may induce some of our gag reflexes with all of Ryan’s cheesy lines and the wallpapering of promotions on every flat surface in sight, I have to admit it has both drawn in and produced a lot of talent and will remain a very prominent influence in the music industry. Oh, and (spoiler alert!), for those of you who live in a cave… Kris won. 

-Laurie Moot

Currently listening to: "Distraction #74," by The Avett Brothers

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1 comment:

  1. it's spelled Kris. get with it. if you call yourself a music magazine you should at least be able to do research.