Talent, Tears and Shivers

Well the talent must be good this year as evidenced by the fact that Ryan’s first-ever absence and Bobby Bones subbing changed absolutely nothing about the show. I’m still clinging to my “best talent ever” skepticism but I’m distressing my Inner Simon Cowell by handing out so many A grades. Tonight’s duets drew tears a... Continue Reading →

A Preview of The Finale?

Well the talent must be good this year as evidenced by so many good duets tonight. What I’m looking for in the duets is to find Idolists who don’t look like they’re being helped by the star or that they’re merely singing along with them. In the brief time of their performance, I want the... Continue Reading →

All-Star Duets Set Lists

Idol has put out the set lists for the Sunday Night/Monday Night All-Star duets. About half of them drew an immediate reaction from me and I’m sharing those immediate reactions with you. Sunday Night Kate Barnette/Heartbreaker My Girl Pat Benatar – Hmmm. Girl with cool, chill vibe takes on My Girl Pat’s big, new wavy... Continue Reading →

Handing Out Midterm Grades

When the evening started, I was in Inner Simon Cowell Mode. By the end, I was feeling like a Recording Academy member voting on Grammy nominations. A lot of strong performances by - in keeping with this season - many atypical Idol performers. Kieran, dim the lights. It’s time for the season’s first grades[1]!!! A+[2]... Continue Reading →

Idol, Hawaiian Style

Tonight’s episode, which switched out the old Hollywood Green Room of Judgement for the Hawaiian Patio of Adjudication, was an object lesson in be careful what you wish for. In my case, I had been wanting more singing and less stories all season. Well tonight I got singing. Three. Hours. Of. Singing. Even for an... Continue Reading →

Hollywood Sick-In

It’s Hollywood Week and everybody is sick including your Friendly Neighborhood Muser. While this may be briefer than usual, it will be no less professional. I’m still reserving judgement on the whole “MOST TALENTED CROP IN IDOL HISTORY!” thing but there were a few Idol winner worthy performances tonight. And as if to validate the... Continue Reading →

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