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American Idol 2008 Week 11: Top 5
Tuesday, 2008 April 29 - 8:29 pm
Carly was the surprise loser last week. This week: Neil Diamond. Way to be modern and relevant, guys. This is turning into "Senior Citizen Idol".

Also, NOTE TO ANNOYING FRONT ROWS OF AUDIENCE: STOP WITH THE RHYTHMIC HAND-WAVING, YOU LOOK LIKE IDIOTS.

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American Idol 2008 Week 10: Top 6
Tuesday, 2008 April 22 - 8:04 pm
Observation: instead of Ryan Seacrest giving us his signature "THIS.... is American Idol" opening, I'd like to hear James Earl Jones do it.

Kristy Lee Cook went out last week, at last. This week: show tunes! Specifically, Andrew Lloyd Webber music. Expect a lot of, er, drama. I think Jesus Christ Superstar offers the best chance for the contestants not to seem overly theatrical.

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American Idol 2008 Week 9: Top 7
Tuesday, 2008 April 15 - 8:04 pm
Michael Johns went out last week. This week's theme: Mariah Carey, guh.

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American Idol 2008 Week 8: Top 8
Wednesday, 2008 April 9 - 8:18 am
Ramiele went out last week. This week's theme: Inspirational songs. Everyone sticks to songs they're comfortable with, and it ends up being a pretty good night.

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American Idol 2008 Week 7: Top 9
Tuesday, 2008 April 1 - 8:04 pm
Chikezie went out last week. This week's theme: Dolly Parton.

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American Idol 2008 Week 6: Top 10
Tuesday, 2008 March 25 - 8:31 pm
Amanda went out last week. This week's theme: songs from the year of the singer's birth.

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American Idol 2008 Week 5: Top 11
Tuesday, 2008 March 18 - 8:55 pm
It's the Beatles again... I guess tonight, we include Ringo and George.

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American Idol 2008 Week 4: Top 12
Tuesday, 2008 March 11 - 9:01 pm
It's the Beatles, specifically Lennon/McCartney, for the first time ever. Wow. This could be phenomenal or disastrous. The songs are so well known, they're gonna have to try to make them unique somehow.

Also: my three-week moving averages start tonight.

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American Idol 2008 Week 3: The Girls
Wednesday, 2008 March 5 - 8:59 pm
80s night continues, and Paula is more drunk than ever.

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American Idol 2008 Week 3: The Guys
Tuesday, 2008 March 4 - 8:58 pm
It's 80s night.

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American Idol 2008 Week 2: The Girls
Wednesday, 2008 February 27 - 9:48 pm
More of the 70s.

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American Idol 2008 Week 2: The Guys
Tuesday, 2008 February 26 - 9:29 pm
It's 70s night.

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American Idol 2008 Week 1: The Girls
Wednesday, 2008 February 20 - 9:57 pm
They're "in it to win it", says Ryan.

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American Idol 2008 Week 1: The Guys
Tuesday, 2008 February 19 - 9:53 pm
Here we go.

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American Idol 2008: It Has Begun
Thursday, 2008 February 14 - 12:17 pm
Well. We've got our top 24 contestants for American Idol Season 7.

Unfortunately, only half of them have received any significant air time on the show. The rest are virtually unknown. It's hard to handicap the contestants without seeing a little more of them.

But with that being said, my early money is on these contestants:

Amanda Overmyer. She's this year's resident rocker. She can belt it out, she's edgy and unique, and she seems genuine. Best comparison to previous contestants: Gina Glocksen from Season 6. Possible weakness: ballads might be tough for her.

Michael Johns. He's ruggedly good-looking, he's got a good voice, and he's got that Australian accent going for him. Best comparison to previous contestants: Ace Young from Season 5. Possible weakness: might have a tendency to choose "safe" songs.

Syesha Mercado. She's pretty, she impressively fought through hoarseness during the Hollywood auditions, and she's got some soul. Best comparison to previous contestants: Nadia Turner from Season 4. Possible weakness: a tendency to sound old-fashioned.

Ramiele Macrowon Malubay. This might be a stretch, since we haven't heard much from her, but tiny and cute goes a long way. Best comparison to previous contestants: Jasmine Trias from Season 3. Possible weakness: it'll seem weird seeing anything but pop songs come from her mouth.

I'll be able to provide a much better evaluation once we get through live performances with all the contestants next week.
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Super Bowl Commercials
Tuesday, 2008 February 5 - 10:44 pm
I went back and re-watched all the Super Bowl commercials. I think this year's crop was unspectacular, overall. I don't think the problem is that our standards are too high: I think the problem is that ad-writers have latched onto tired cliché formulas instead of making anything truly edgy and funny. There were some things that were funny, and some that were clever, but none that had the "wow" factor of, say, Apple's 1984 commercial.

Best Ad: Talking Stain from Proctor & Gamble, for Tide to Go. Funny, interesting, different.

Honorable Mentions: Pigeons from Fedex; Stone Circle from Cars.com; Mouse Trap from Frito-Lay (Doritos); It's Mine from Coca Cola.

Peculiar but Interesting: Follow Your Heart from Careerbuilder.com; Talking Baby from eTrade.com.

Pointless and Dull: What Is Love by Pepsi; Fiesta Platter by Taco Bell.

Offensive or Disturbing: Language of Love from Bud Light, for offensive racial stereotyping; Thrillicious from Sobe Vitamin Water, for creepy lizards doing a Michael Jackson dance.

Other ads ranged from decent to forgettable; I liked the Bridgestone ads and the Careerbuilder.com ads, but I was "meh" on a lot of the others.
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Oh No, It's American Idol Season
Wednesday, 2008 January 23 - 12:04 pm
... and, as my several long-time readers will know, it will soon be time for the tediously detailed analyses of American Idol performances... which will compete for blog space with the tediously detailed analyses of Apple, Michigan football, and national politics.

It occurs to me that perhaps I should split this one blog into several independent blogs... an Apple blog, a Michigan football blog, a political blog, and a personal blog. That would possibly let me expand my readership; an Apple blog might get linked from MacSurfer, a Michigan blog might get linked from MGoBlog, and a political blog might get linked from any number of political sites. But then again, that'd be four times as many blogs to let wither through neglect. I guess I'll only go down that path if I think I can make some money doing it.

So anyway, American Idol... it's started, but it's only in the early rounds. Best moment from last night's show: 20-year-old Valerie Reyes fancies herself to be as good as Mariah Carey. She's watched all the previous seasons of American Idol, and has enjoyed laughing at all the losers who embarrass themselves in the early auditions. When she gets rejected by the judges, she comes to a horrifying realization: "OH MY GOD... now I'm going to be on the 'rejects'". Brilliant.
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Man Stroke Woman
Friday, 2007 December 7 - 10:05 am
How have I missed this until now? BBC's sketch comedy show "Man Stroke Woman" is an absolute riot. Saturday Night Live only wishes it were this good.

You can't view the clips from the BBC website if you're outside the UK, but there's a bunch on YouTube, like this one:



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OMG Middleman OMG
Tuesday, 2007 October 23 - 10:26 pm
On national television, no less.

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Fall Television
Monday, 2007 October 8 - 11:48 pm
The shows I'm watching this year.

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Season Finales: Heroes, Lost
Wednesday, 2007 May 23 - 11:25 pm
Warning: here be spoilers.

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American Idol, Week 14
Tuesday, 2007 May 22 - 9:18 pm
The finals.

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American Idol, Week 13
Tuesday, 2007 May 15 - 8:59 pm
Three songs for each of the three finalists. Ryan and all three judges are drunk.

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American Idol, Week 12
Tuesday, 2007 May 8 - 9:13 pm
It's Bee Gees night.

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American Idol, Week 11
Tuesday, 2007 May 1 - 9:02 pm
Ugh, Bon Jovi night... this is gonna be even worse than Miami Sound Machine night.

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American Idol, Week 10
Wednesday, 2007 April 25 - 7:31 pm
It's "Idol Gives Back" night, so we get a bunch of "inspirational" songs.

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American Idol, Week 9
Tuesday, 2007 April 17 - 5:53 pm
Well, it's odd to be blogging "Idol" in the wake of a shooting, but hey... the blog most go on.

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American Idol, Week 8
Tuesday, 2007 April 10 - 9:40 pm
Well, Gina getting voted out last week was a shocker for me. Let's see if I still have any credibility... or if this show still has any. It's Jennifer Lopez night, which somehow translates to a heavy dose of Miami Sound Machine.

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American Idol, Week 7
Wednesday, 2007 April 4 - 9:05 am
It's Tony Bennett night, so I guess we're watching Old Fogey Idol. (Didn't this used to be a pop singing competition?)

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American Idol, Week 6
Thursday, 2007 March 29 - 8:55 am
A little late, but here goes. It was Gwen Stefani night... sort of.

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American Idol, Week 5
Wednesday, 2007 March 21 - 8:32 pm
It's British Invasion week. There are three great performances and a bunch of mediocre ones.

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American Idol, Week 4
Wednesday, 2007 March 14 - 9:46 am
It's Diana Ross night. The top twelve perform, and it's a train wreck.

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American Idol, Week 3: The Women
Thursday, 2007 March 8 - 8:07 am
Predictions: Haley and Antonella are out.

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American Idol, Week 3: The Guys
Thursday, 2007 March 8 - 7:24 am
Predictions: Blake and Chris S safe. Sanjaya and Jared should be out.

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American Idol, Week 2: Predictions
Wednesday, 2007 February 28 - 11:23 pm
At this point, who the heck knows?

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American Idol, Week 2: The Women
Wednesday, 2007 February 28 - 11:17 pm
The 10 remaining women compete. There's a lot of weepy ballads and melodrama, and overall, it's a step behind last week.

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American Idol, Week 2: The Guys
Wednesday, 2007 February 28 - 8:29 am
The 10 remaining men compete. They improve on last week's performances.

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American Idol, Week 1: Predictions
Thursday, 2007 February 22 - 9:11 am
Looks will play a big part in the voting results.

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American Idol, Week 1: The Women
Thursday, 2007 February 22 - 9:03 am
12 women compete to avoid elimination, and they do much better than the guys.

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American Idol, Week 1: The Guys
Wednesday, 2007 February 21 - 8:50 am
12 guys sing on the first live-voting show of the season. It's not a terribly good start for the group.

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Miscellany
Monday, 2007 January 15 - 10:05 pm
Trying to stay up-to-date with media phenomena.

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Miscellany
Wednesday, 2006 October 25 - 7:10 am
Job news, wedding news, and "Heroes".

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Television: Studio 60, Heroes
Tuesday, 2006 September 26 - 9:06 pm
Thoughts on NBC's two new Monday night shows. (Warning: minor plot spoilers.)

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More Miscellany
Tuesday, 2006 August 29 - 9:25 am
Toilet news; a study on being overweight; and this year's "Survivor".

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Hell's Kitchen
Saturday, 2006 August 19 - 11:56 am
Some comments about this season's ending.

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Television: Alias
Tuesday, 2006 June 6 - 9:37 am
Okay, this is old, but I need to get it off my to-blog list.

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Television: Idol Update, Week 14
Tuesday, 2006 May 23 - 11:45 pm
The final two.

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Television: Idol Update, Week 13
Wednesday, 2006 May 17 - 8:56 pm
Okay, very quick update because the results show is about to start...

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Television: Idol Update, Week 12
Wednesday, 2006 May 10 - 9:45 am
It's Elvis night, and everyone except Taylor blows it.

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Television: Idol Update, Week 11
Wednesday, 2006 May 3 - 6:59 pm
5 remaining; each sing two Billboard hit songs.

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