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Once upon a time, there was Idol Musings. Since February 2008, I have written faithfully on American Idol (and occasionally the other reality singing shows) with insight, snark humor and self-righteous candor. And Adam Lambert. I’ve written a lot about Adam Lambert. And within the blog’s 618 posts, I also wrote occasionally about music in... Continue Reading →

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Big Nerves and Bad Songs

At last, we are at that point where the final fourteen survivors of the long Idol winnowing process are competing directly against each other. While I’ve had a list of favorites in mind, I was waiting for the clarity that I hoped this new, high-stakes test would bring. This week, I was fortunate enough to... Continue Reading →

Duets with Pop Stars, Round 2

Given the choice between watching real music stars or hoping-to-be music stars, America chose real over reality show and the American Country Music Awards sent Idol’s ratings to an all-time low Sunday night. ACM viewers did get to see ex-Idolist My Girl LaurenAlaina win the award for New Female Vocalist of the Year. And the word... Continue Reading →

A Grade A Competition

There were so many good performances tonight that I think the evil genius producers planned to make the last week before voting get us excited about voting. The mean judge, i.e. me, gave out an unusual number of good grades. That said, it seemed like every Idolist had a hard luck story they were only... Continue Reading →

Duets with Pop Stars, Round 1

It’s Duets with Pop Stars! Here’s what Idol’s Missing Mean Judge is looking for. Who sounds like they belong up there as a peer? Who can hold their own and not be overshadowed by the presence or ability of the star? Who can seamlessly work together with their partner but also find the right spot(s)... Continue Reading →

Mean Judging

Tonight, we saw the first half of the Top 24. Some were good enough to make me feel better that Thaddeus was not among them (e.g. Kay Kay). Some have the potential to be good (e.g. Jonny Brenns). And, frustratingly, a few are there to make for “good” TV (Catie Turner). The question, based on... Continue Reading →

A Question Answered (for now)

In my blog post that preceded the Idol reboot, I asked five questions. Here is my answer to the first one (for now). Will anybody watch? Here are the ratings to date: Sunday, March 11 Premiere: 2.3 rating[1]/10.3m viewers Monday, March 12: 1.8/8.4m viewers Sunday, March 18: 1.8/7.7m viewers (up against NCAAs) Monday, March 19:... Continue Reading →

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