The Triumphant Return of Idol Blogging

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Yes, it’s back. By popular demand. And by “popular,” I mean two people asked if I’d be doing it this year. I don’t think I’m going to have time to write as much as I did last year. But I’ll at least put up an open thread for the Idolites to discuss, and for the haters to bitch about how Idol is proof that American culture has gone down the crapper.

That out of the way, let’s get to opening night. Awful, wasn’t it? I thought the first three performers were surprisingly decent. Then it all went to hell.

Danny Gokey saved the night with a capper that blew everyone away, as anyone who watched the early rounds might have expected. I wish he hadn’t sung Mariah Carey. If there’s one thing I hate worse than post 90s R&B, it’s adult contemporary. Carey bring the worst of both. Still, Gokey’s a good six lengths ahead of everyone else who sang tonight. The guy’s also really likable, and brings a compelling story. Let’s put him among the five or so favorites right now, along with Adam Lambert, Jasmine Murray, Matt Giraud, and Scott MacIntyre.

The three who should advance from tonight’s 12? I’d say Gokey, Alexis Grace, and Ricky Braddy. I also liked Jackie Tohn’s take on Elvis, though her mannerisms can grate at times. Grace was something of a surprise, too, wasn’t she? White girl’s got some soul. Anyone other than those four would be a crime. The rest ranged from passable to horrifyingly bad.

Jamar Rogers was robbed!

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26 Responses to “The Triumphant Return of Idol Blogging”

  1. #1 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    “…Idol is proof that American culture has gone down the crapper.”

    Well, more proof anyway.

  2. #2 |  Gonzo | 

    Whoa, what? I guess i haven’t been following this blog long enough. That was a bit out of left field.

    Is there some kind of insane libtertarian, free-market type tortured argument that goes along with this, or is it straight-up, unapologetic indulgence?

    I’m not sure which answer i’m rooting for.

  3. #3 |  Brandon Bowers | 

    Damn, I guess I haven’t been reading the Agitator long enough either. I always thought Radley was a dude…

  4. #4 |  Reggie Hubbard | 

    Well now I know you’re just against the Drug War for the libertarian aspects and not cause you’re pot smoker. Nobody smoking grass could stand Idol; it’s like watching that cat torture video while having someone whisper a graphic description of two girls one cup into your ear.

    Still, I do consider your writing one of the greatest weapons in the fight against the Drug War (and of course the battle against police militarization… seriously that piece on the family from earlier today almost made me tear in anger). Please keep it up. Please.

  5. #5 |  jwh | 


  6. #6 |  Ben | 

    Culture I don’t know about, but music going down the crapper I would agree with.

  7. #7 |  MacK | 

    I’m with Radley’s top 3 on this all the way. I do wish the dark hair good looking Casey Carlson could sing though, she is rather pleasant on the eyes. Thankfully Alexis Grace can sing and is also very nice looking.
    I would like to see Tatiana Nicole Del Toro gets tossed real early, because she is one irritating person.

    How can the rest of you not like Idol??
    I’ll admit for me it is not as good as Survivor, but it is very democratic, since you can vote on a singer you like.

  8. #8 |  COD | 

    They showed Jamar in the audience and you know he had to be thinking, WTF? He wasn’t let through and 1/2 the contestants last night sounded like cats in heat.

    The format change is interesting too. In past years, you were rewarded for playing it safe. As long as you weren’t the worst, or were likable enough to garner some fans, you could hang around quite a while. But now they’ve flipped it and mediocre won’t get you by the first week. I don’t think many of the contestants understood that.

  9. #9 |  CC | 

    1. I hate Tatiana Del Toro as much as the next reasonable person, but I’ve got to say that she REALLY, REALLY brought it this week.

    2. I like Jackie Tohn more than Ricky Brady, but I’m with you on Grace and Gokey.

    3. Since some of the other commenters have become the first to say “Why do we have to talk about American Idol?” this year, let me be the first to say “If you don’t like it, comment on other stories.” Radley usually comments on Idol once a week and by April, reading “Why are you writing about American Idol?” every frigging week gets old.

    I could seriously give less than a damn about Radley’s posts about sports but I manage to see them and move on.

  10. #10 |  O’DonnellWeb - Merriment and Amusements from a Fredericksburg VA geek » Blog Archive » The return of Idol blogging | 

    […] the fence about Idol blogging this year, and there is no guarantee that it will continue. However, The Agitator picked it up again and that sort of kicked me in the butt to do the same. Of course, he has about […]

  11. #11 |  Kristen | 

    Who’s that chick who sang The Police? I turned off Idol and watched homocide detectives coerce a confession on The First 48.

  12. #12 |  Rick Caldwell | 

    Ugh. Another season of American Idol results passing as news and polluting my RSS Reader.

  13. #13 |  Danimal | 

    Welcome back Idol Blogging! Wahoo!!!

  14. #14 |  Greg N. | 

    Freakin’ finally. I’ve been waiting for Idol blogging for 6 months. About time for some serious issues around here.

    You’re right on about last night. Never has there been the kind of disparity between how badly the contestants want to be famous, and how little talent they have. Gokey is an exception, I think. I hope he doesn’t get all Jesus-ey on us.

    I agree with Alexis and Danny, but disagree about Braddy. I thought he was bad. Not the worst, but nowhere near the top guy, or the top three (incidentally, I don’t like this new format for choosing the top 12). I’d give the third spot to either Anoop or Michael.

    As an aside, I absolutely cannot stand Tatiana, but I’m really scared she’s going to make it through somehow. Her voice really isn’t that bad.

  15. #15 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    I keep waiting for Gokey to start channeling his long lost twin Elvis Costello and start belting out Shipbuilding and Veronica…

    Braddy was a surprise. Its a pick ’em with the ladies. I did a LOT of fast forwarding on the DVR. Most songs were too painful.

    I don’t like having the 4 judges. Takes too long for their respective reviews. Abdul was sky high, but came down to a good mellow near the end of the show.

  16. #16 |  claude | 


  17. #17 |  jsh | 

    I can’t say I’m a fan of Danny McDeadWife. Too CCM for me.

  18. #18 |  MacK | 

    Jhs who is CCM or do you mean CCR?

  19. #19 |  Danno49 | 

    To each their own, of course, but I hate American Idol. I find it to be nothing more than a glorified popularity contest with a smattering of decent singing thrown in for good(?) measure. It’s not worth my time and emotion to see the best singers get removed because they aren’t as good looking as Dirk McThickchin or Sally Bigboobs. The only season I watched was 3 and I just couldn’t bring myself to watch it ever again when the true talents in that show are never given their proper due.

    As Simon Cowell said once, “You let America vote and this is what you get.” Amen.

  20. #20 |  Greg N. | 

    I disagree, Danno. Sally Bigboobs actually has a pretty good voice.

  21. #21 |  Bryan | 

    Give me Alexis and Anoop. And I think you are seriously underestimating the Indian voting bloc behind Anoop. And over-estimating how boring Ricky Braddy was.

    Free Leneshe Young.

  22. #22 |  Jefferson | 

    While I agree that four judges is too many, I dig Kara DioGuardi. She’s spunky.

  23. #23 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Why was Robert “Iron Man” Downey Jr. singing a Mariah Carey song to end Idol?

    Alexis Grace has the name and sex to win…er…be heartbroken by the teens voting for yet-another krappy singer.

  24. #24 |  Greg N. | 

    I made a mistake in my earlier post. I confused Ricky Braddy with Brent Keith, the country guy. Braddy actually was quite good, and I prefer him to Michael, but not to Anoop.

  25. #25 |  Greg N. | 


  26. #26 |  Bill | 

    MacK, you made my day. Usually in this context, CCM=Christian Contemporary Music. Unfortunately, said music too often comes across as sounding polished to a gleaming fakeness, which is what I assume MacK means, not having heard the guy sing.