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The Last Hollywood Night

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Breaking it Down to the Fab 51

OK gang, we just caught up on last night's Hollywood heartbreaker for some. I keep having to remind myself this will be the last "break into three rooms" segment we will see on Idol! It was the usual drama. I have to agree with Rubbertoe, that Michelle girl needs to hit the bricks, as does the bass-playing Annie Oakley-looking girl. You have to hope with all the "OMG, the girls are incredible this year" hype that they have some room to send some of these girls home. I don't know the girl who had laryngitis on the last night, but I think she was pretty good.
Some of them I despise just because of how nasty they were in the Groups segment -- you know who I'm talking about. They can sing, but you hate for somebody like that to make it to the Top 12.
I also agree that Dalton really has what it takes to go far.
Out of the bunch we have seen the most, there are at best about six people who can make it. Others, like Shelbie Z, have a great voice but maybe will flame out soon? I think the super weepy ones will crack under the pressure too. And there seems to be a whole subcategory of singers this year who can only perform with a mic because they have super-low-volume voices -- I can't imagine when the stage opens up and they have to belt it out for a crowd that they will last. But soon we will get our chance to vote. It has been so long since I power-voted I don't even know what strategy to use! Is it texting now? Is DialIdol even relevant anymore? Who knows. After tonight some of the mystery will be revealed! Who will be the next American Idol?!!1 -- K out!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hollywood Week, and it's actually in Hollywood!

Hello Tasters,
well Dr. L and I have been religiously watching this season of Idol but not as religiously posting. So far there hasn't been any shocking eliminations in Hollywood, because most of the hopefuls who got cut were borderline anyway (at least 90% of them).
We did think of a drinking game, whenever a contestant says they are a Worship Pastor or some variant thereof, you have to take a drink. Trust us, this season, you will be wasted.
I have to say the talent level is pretty high this season. Idol is determined to go out with a bang. And they are willing to go off into some weird directions, like with the Off-The-Grid cowgirl, who has a pretty voice but plays the upright bass like she's in a David Lynch film. I really think there are enough powerhouse singers that a lot of the quirky taken is going to get leveled out soon.
I hope you guys are all enjoying, and I would love to hear what you think!
Rubbertoe, keep your fingers crossed that we will get tickets! It would be great to see some of the shows again with you.
Who do you think will win this thing? Idol has been cagey about showing all of the singers, just like always. Have we ween the winner yet?
K out!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

One more time around, Little Tasters!

K here! Hello everyone, I hope you guys are still out there for our last go 'round with the blog. Can you believe it has been 15 years since Idol was first on the air?

We're going to try and have some special guest stars (J are you out there?) and we'll be gunning for tickets big time. Let's hope we get in to see some of the last few shows and we will blog about it here.

As far as this first episode went, Dr. L and I were impressed. It seems like Idol has some real talent on hand this time and we saw a couple of folks who really look like they could go far. Sonika Vaid was probably our favorite, followed by Lee Jean.

But I think a dark horse could be Shelbie Z from Sumiton (how can it be Idol without some powerhouse contestant from Alabama LOL!). Though I read she was on The Voice before? Could be some Idol tomfoolery…

There were quite a few other notable hopefuls and the usual Idol drama (thankfully they took it easy on the full-on whack-jobs, but I'm sure we'll see more of those). The most ridiculous moment was Kanye's "audition" -- I kept thinking, "I wonder if they are all imagining how they would tell him no if he was trying out for real?"

What did you guys think? Let us know! We will miss the blog so much next year so I hope we give it one last fun ride.
Here's to a great season, and looking forward to hearing from Rubbertoe here in 2016.

Dr. L & K out!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Nick Fradiani becomes the 14th American Idol

You can check out more info and a video of Nick's win on USA Today here.

I don't know if Nick winning is good or bad? For the first season ever, I really have no opinion LOL. Did he deserve it? I do know that my gut instinct seeing him doing some of the group numbers last night (and some of the folks who got the boot along the way) that maybe he was one of those Idols who was just "aa-iight" enough week-to-week that he got the votes? That could be unfair, but I swear I heard more exciting voices from some of the others.

Then again, that is a phenomenon I have observed in other seasons: for lots of reasons (stress mostly) the Idol rejects seem to sound better after they have a few weeks off, and come back for the Finale. Have you guys noticed this as well? A lot of times they even look like they're having fun for a change.

So in any case, Nick is our winner, for the penultimate season. I read one rationale that Idol didn't just pack it in this year was that they already have auditions in the pipeline for next year and it was too late to cancel them (this is true). But I also think Idol will treat this last season as a kind of year-long retrospective, don't you think? I'll bet a lot of the old faces we haven't seen for a while will be back.

I feel bad in a way that Dr. L and I were so busy doing other things that we did not watch most of this season. It's not like we didn't watch TV; if anything we watched even more of it. But Idol (if you really watch ALL of the hours leading up to the show, and the padded two hour broadcasts) is a real time commitment that we chose not to make this year. I guess the rating show we weren't alone. One stat I read was that after the EMPIRE season ended (serving as a lead-in or -out for Idol, I believe, right?) that Idol's rating plummeted 29% that next week. Ouch! And the numbers for the Finale were even worse.

So as for us, during most weeks we watched Gotham, Castle, Supernatural, Goldbergs, AoS.H.I.E.L.D., Grace and Frankie, Daredevil, The Fall, Mad Men, Flip or Flop, Game of Thrones, Hart of Dixie, The Walking Dead… and these are just the ones I remembered that we watch regularly, not to mention the occasional Netflix documentary or stand-up show, or all of the movies we saw on TV or at the theater.

I think Idol just kept getting bumped down on our priority list? And like Rubbertoe has said, some of the best parts of the show aren't even the actual competition. So we missed out on those, and then we didn't have that connection to the contestants. There were some favorites by then that truly baffled me, I couldn't believe they made it. And then the format changed, blah blah. It just wasn't the old Idol.

So there were some good years on Idol and I was glad we watched it, but to me it kind of hung around too late at the party? I won't miss it as much as I will miss this blog! So maybe we can find another crazy ass show to talk about. And we have one more year of Idol, so I will be on board for that for sure. Let's get in to see some of these last shows, y'all!

I would love to hear if you guys had any thoughts about Nick's win! It just seems like a "meh" to me, maybe not on par with Lee DeWyze but closer to that than the first 5 seasons. But maybe it was a good thing! Maybe the right guy won.

K Out!

Monday, May 11, 2015

The End of an Era

Well, Dr. L & I have been MIA for most of this season, because a lot of life stuff happened, but I never thought this would be the season where FOX decided to cash in! I just read the news today that Idol will be canceled after the 2016 season. We will HAVE to give it one last hurrah on the old Taster blog, and I bet Idol will throw the kitchen sink at us with special guests and returning Idols etc. It has been a long strange journey!
How have you guys been? How was this season? After the early rounds we just got behind and never caught up. Knowing that this is the next-to-last season we will probably watch the last eps this year and comment (though we missed all the drama LOL!).
So it's down to Clark, Jax and Nick? I want to say Rubbertoe called this way back but I can't remember! The odds seem to be that Clark is a shoo-in, but we'll see. It's a kind of… pale finale isn't it?

K out!

Oh! P.S., I almost forgot, we got a really funny email from the On Camera Audiences folks to be seat-fillers for the finale. It seemed like an interesting opportunity, and we have done it before (and got GREAT seats right behind the magic board Ryan reads his words from, which is in turn right behind the judges.)
But the instructions this time said we should be of an age "between 18-29" -- which we sadly are not LOL. I thought it was really crazy of Idol to think by sticking young faces in the crowd it would make the show seem more relevant?

IDK, maybe that's not the reason. And I also wondered if they would card us, ha! I don't know if we look 29 but we look younger than our age. It would be hilarious to see them weeding out the old lying folks trying to slip in, except that you have to wait forever just to get to that stage and I would be pissed! But we decided to pass. C'est la vie.