Blonde Katharine McPhee (American Idol alum) talks about new album “Unbroken”

January 8, 2010

American Idol David Cook launches YouTube channel

May 27, 2008

You can visit David Cook’s YouTube channel by clicking here.


American Idol David Cook – Guitar Hero “Risky Business” commercial

May 23, 2008

News:  Reprising Tom Cruise’s most famous scene in Risky Business, American Idol winner David Cook has this cool commercial for the immensely popular “Guitar Hero” video game.


Simon Cowell was wrong: David Cook wins American Idol, proving American Idol is not fixed after all

May 22, 2008

News: As this season of American Idol began, it was very clear who the favorite of the show’s producers was: the young, innocent looking David Archuleta, whose face was plastered all over Idol commercials. At the show’s finale, two of the judges, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, openly coronated David Archuleta as the winner of American Idol. Well, last night, the American people voted. And the rocker David Cook won last night by a staggering 12 million votes. It wasn’t even close. He beat the favorite Archuleta in a “knockout.”

Analysis: This is the first year that Simon Cowell made a prediction at the finale, but was wrong. He said that David Archuleta gave a “knockout” blow with his last song “Imagine” and severely criticized David Cook for attempting to sing a new song instead of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” or Lionel Richie’s “Hello” (both of which Cook had sung with great flair earlier in the season). Cowell scoffed at Cook, “It was completely and utterly the wrong song choice for you on the night.” After Cook’s performance of “World I know,” he broke into tears, but after Cowell’s scathing disapproval, Cook looked like somebody just punched him in the gut.

Every season, Cowell makes his pick at the finale, and each year he’s been right. Well, I love it that this year he was wrong (so was Randy Jackson, I might add — leaving only Paula Abdul in the right). After the votes were in (but before they were announced), Simon Cowell even had to eat crow and “apologize” for what he said the night before to David Cook because Cowell admitted that he “was verging on disrespectful” to Cook. Not only disrespectful, I would say Cowell was arrogant, condescending, and just totally offbase. Like the hackneyed show itself, Cowell is losing his touch.


American Idol recap: 24 to 20

February 22, 2008

Should American Idol be for amateur singers only?

February 22, 2008

So who’s on YouTube?: Carrie Underwood

January 24, 2008

I love this woman, but sadly I picked Bo Bice at the start of the competition to win Idol in the year she won.  I did think that she had one of the most amazing tryout performances on Idol, but that year I was rooting for a rocker.


FOX on demand (beta) is fantastic

January 15, 2008

Review: I’ve just looked at FOX’s new “on demand” website. Go here.  I really wonder how this beta FOX site will exist alongside FOX’s joint video project with NBC, www.hulu.com.   That part is not yet clear. To access FOX’s new beta site, you may have to download a plug-in to start watching. But once you do, it’s well worth it. The menu starts out with this cool spin wheel, like on the Price is Right.

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And then once you watch a show, the picture is in high def (at least for The Sarah Connor Chronicles). It’s breathtaking.

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I only hope that FOX puts American Idol on the Internet.


So who’s on YouTube?: The X Factor

August 27, 2007

This is Simon Cowell’s American Idol-like show in the UK. Unlike American Idol (whose rights are owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns MySpace, a competitor to YouTube), the X Factor has its own channel on YouTube. The outrageous video above seemed to me pretty staged. The singer in the video below is pretty good.  Th X Factor UK just joined YouTube this month.  I’m sure it will get a lot of views.


Blake Lewis saves American Idol (+ The Utube Blog)

May 17, 2007

I’ve been grading law school exams, so it’s a good time to grade myself (and take a slight diversion from YouTube). Back in February (see here), I made my predictions for the Top 5 Finalists on American Idol out of 24 contestants. It’s sort of an annual guessing game I play in trying to predict who will win Idol months before the winner is selected and usually after only seeing the contestants once. This year, from the final 24, I correctly predicted 4 of the eventual Top 6. That’s not bad.

But, unfortunately, the two that I didn’t pick were the last two women standing, Melinda Doolittle and Jordin Sparks. I admit I made a big mistake in not selecting Jordin (I selected the one-hit wonder Stephanie Edwards instead). I never quite understood the fascination, though, with Melinda, the media’s and the judges’ absolute favorite this year. Yesterday, Melinda was booted in what the media called a “shocker.” I was only shocked that she lasted this long.

Truthfully, this year of American Idol has been pretty forgettable. Some have called it the worst Idol ever. That’s probably true. The guy who has made it halfway interesting is Blake Lewis, who can “beat box” (for those of you who don’t know, it’s basically making sounds like a record scratching and other hip hop/house music noises) in the middle of his singing. Blake’s beat box version of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” (also here) was the most creative thing ever on Idol.

Blake Lewis also salvaged my predictions this year, since I had him in the Final 2. That keeps my string of predicting at least one of the final 2 contestants going, now for 5 years and running. I goofed up, though, in predicting the winner, since my girl (Lakisha Jones) is already out. I’m definitely slipping. Oh well.


Did Blake Lewis save American Idol from utter boredom with beatbox rendition of Bon Jovi?

May 3, 2007

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News: It’s easy to tell these days when someone on American Idol has given a spectacular, show-stopping performance. Multiple clips of the performance end up on YouTube and it becomes a “Top Favorite” among users. Yesterday, Blake Lewis gave a mind-blowing, beatbox rendition of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” (video) and now Blake Lewis owns 6 of the Top 12 Favorited videos on YouTube (in the past 24 hours), all for that one performance, which has generated hundreds of thousands of views, thousands of comments, and 4 or 5 stars.

Analysis: A lot of people have been complaining how boring American Idol has become this year. This one performance by Blake Lewis may have just saved the season from absolute boredom. The creativity of this guy is completely off the charts. That was the most original performance on Idol, ever.

And my guess is that the Idol format has been limiting Blake from showing off his full repertoire of musical talents. It would be scary to see what this guy could really do.


Video of the week: Simon Cowell, on being stoned

March 16, 2007

More American Idol chatter–did American Idol abandon Taylor Hicks?

March 9, 2007

Sorry, because I’ve had a busy week, I don’t have a Video of the Week selection this week. But in its place, I again have a few comments on American Idol. The last time I posted about about Idol, the post drew a lot of interest. So here are two more posts that I posted on the In re blog, which is written by one of my students. I’ll be guest blogging there for a little bit:

1. Has American Idol abandoned last year’s winner Taylor Hicks?

2. Did Antonella Barba get a raw deal on American Idol?