Wednesday, February 18, 2009
My TV viewing has expanded this spring. I'm a longtime fan of The Office and Lost (Check out Long Live Locke for a great Lost blog), and now you can add me to the ranks of American Idol fans.
Has anyone been watching American Idol this season? I've never watched this show before, not even one episode. Maybe it was a kind of protest, I don't know. But this season I started recording it, and over the last week and a half, Luanne and I got caught up. It's been pretty fun.
I know it's way too early to know anything, but my early favorite is Danny Gokey. What a guy. He's a church music director... I like him already! And what a story. His wife died just four weeks before his initial audition, and his best friend Jamar Rogers was a favorite contestant of mine as well... Still can't BELIEVE the judges dumped him in favor of the completely forgettable Brent Keith, the "am I a second-rate comedian or a third-rate singer" Nick Mitchell or the "will I remember the words this time, and who really cares when I'm just singing bad Michael Jackson karaoke?" Stephen Fowler.
Tatiana Del Toro is an emotional wreck, and I can't believe she made it into the Top 36, but when she calms down, she actually has a great voice, and I think singing Whitney last night was a good choice, even if the judges weren't all that impressed.
[UPDATE: Good for Danny. He's in the Top Twelve. And check out this stuff about him... Very cool. He's a follower of Jesus, and he's using his fame and influence for a good cause... a foundation set up in honor of his late wife. Here's his church and the foundation.]
Posted by Matt Nightingale at 9:47 AM