i’m a beLEEver : )

Well America, like it or not, your American Idol is….(cue unnecessarily long pause where Lee nearly vomited on himself and Crystal appeared to stop breathing) LEE DEWYZE! The paint salesman from Chicago beat out the single mom from Ohio by a close margin, capping off what some claim to be the worst season of Idol thus far. I wouldn’t say worst…maybe more like most boring? Most phoned-in judging?

I was never a huge Crystal fan, so I was happy with the results. Going into the show last night, I honestly had no clue who would win, because I don’t put much faith in stuff like DialIdol, but I think it came down to the fact that Lee’s fans were more likely to mobilize and vote because he appealed to a younger audience.Regardless if you were a staunch MamaSox supporter or not, you had to smile just a teensy bit at the outpouring of gratitude and pure excitement from Lee after he won.

It will be interesting to see how well Lee does in his post-Idol endeavors; Entertainment Weekly posed the question, “Will Lee be the next Kelly Clarkson or the next Taylor Hicks?” I think it’s wayyyy too soon to tell; let the guy tour, soak in his new life, figure out what kind of music he wants to make, and then pass judgment. I urge any haters to check out Lee’s pre-Idol stuff on YouTube or iTunes before they make any snap decisions.

I made it through 42 episodes of American Idol, which probably means I lost about 60 hours of my life to this show. I will never get to reclaim those lost hours, but I had fun watching and recapping. From the shocking elimination of Alex Lambert to the misused Judges’ Save, and all the way through to the finale, it was an interesting ride.

Thoughts on (the second hour of) the finale:

-LOVED Casey James and Bret Michaels singing “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Did not love a celebrity who nearly escaped death and had a minor stroke last week performing without telling his doctor.  Bret is the ultimate Comeback Kid, though.

-Not gonna lie, I was enjoying Larry Platt’s dance moves during “Pants on the Ground.” When William Hung came out, however, he just ruined the fun.

-Paula Abdul looked great, but her “roast” of Simon was so awkward.

-All of the past Idol winners and top 12s from past seasons coming back to sing to Simon was a great TV moment. It’s easy to forget how many people have experienced success from this show.

-Joe Cocker kind of scared me…

-Departing musical director Rickey Minor did not get any acknowledgment from the show, which is a shame and kind of embarrassing on the producers’ part.

Photo courtesy of Reuters.

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11 Comments

  1. Carol

     /  June 1, 2010

    Maybe you need to retract your comment about Taylor Hicks by reading this article, “Taylor Hicks is laughing all the way to the Bank!:

    http://www.popeater.com/2010/05/23/taylor-hicks-american-idol/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AllAOLMusicNews+%28All+AOL+Music+News%29&utm_content=Twitter

    Quote from article: And it’s true that winning ‘Idol’ is no guarantee of superstardom, but I think any of the ‘Idol’ constestants would be pleased as punch to be pulling in, according to insiders, the $3.5 million that Hicks has brought in during the past 18 months for his tour, album and merchandise sales and appearance fees.

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    • aljal

       /  June 1, 2010

      Hi Carol! Thanks for the comment. I was just quoting an Entertainment Weekly article that used Taylor Hicks as an example of an “unsuccessful” Idol; I don’t necessarily agree with them. I’ve read the article from Popeater, and I think it’s great that Taylor is able to make that much money without having to pay a portion to record labels, managers, etc. People may brush him off as a nobody, but Taylor is laughing all the way to the bank : )

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  2. Abby

     /  June 8, 2010

    I was just quoting an Entertainment Weekly article that used Taylor Hicks as an example of an “unsuccessful” Idol; I don’t necessarily agree with them.
    aljal,
    Then you shouldn’t have printed it. Taylor Hicks does not deserve derision. Especially, since he should never have been considered unsuccessful.

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    • aljal

       /  June 9, 2010

      Let me clarify again that I am not insinuating that Taylor Hicks is unsuccessful. I was only reprinting the poll from EW to illustrate the fact that people are already trying to determine how successful Lee will be in his post-Idol career. I was simply quoting the poll in reference to my discussion about Mr. Dewyze.

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  3. Abby

     /  June 9, 2010

    aljal,
    Truth be told, that entire paragraph wasn’t even necessary in your blog. It came out of left field.

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  4. Sydney

     /  June 12, 2010

    Carol and Abby,
    Where does your dedication to Taylor Hicks come from? I mean, Kelly Clarkson set the standard of commercial success an American Idol winner could achieve. Carrie Underwood has surpassed that success, and in the end, I think we can all agree that anyone who is chosen as the best contestant of a season is a winner. However, I don’t think that aljal was trying to attack Taylor or say negative things about him at all. Rather I think the point was to simply state that the media is already guessing if Lee is going to be a commercial success like Kelly, or a someone who will take a less traditional road to success like Taylor.

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  5. Abby

     /  June 12, 2010

    Syndey,
    Does aljal’s comment below sound positive?

    …I think it’s wayyyy too soon to tell; let the guy tour, soak in his new life, figure out what kind of music he wants to make, and then pass judgment.

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    • aljal

       /  June 12, 2010

      Hi Abby-
      Just to clarify (again!), the person I was referring to in the sentence you quoted was NOT Taylor Hicks, but rather Lee Dewyze. I do appreciate your dedication to Taylor, though!

      -Alison

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  6. Abby

     /  June 12, 2010

    Alison,
    I know you are referring to Lee in the aforementioned sentence.
    You stated that is it waaaaay early to determine if Lee Dewyze would be a successful idol.

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  7. Abby

     /  June 12, 2010

    Edit-You stated that it is…

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  8. haha keep up the good work aljal! I look forward to reading your blog, and hearing your OPINIONS. =)

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