American Idol Season 10 is back starting tonight! Though I’m still pledged to my one-only Adam Lambert, I still look forward to seeing some great entertainment. And I don’t mean the people who can’t sing and need to tell the world they can. The problem this year will be without Simon Cowell spitting out his venom, who will they mouth off to? After giving up what seemed like most of my day/life to Adam when he was competing on Idol (you all remember sitting at your computers and suddenly it’s 7 hours later, right?!?) I vowed before Season 9 started that I would not make one phone call or send one text vote. Little did I know that there wouldn’t be any contestants who even compelled me to do so! And without seeing anyone for Season 10, I make the same vow for this year!
This brings me to an article in our San Diego Union Tribune last Friday by columnist Karla Peterson. She is writing about the “remake” of American Idol. I got so much joy when Adam’s name came up in such complimentary ways. I’ll recap some points in the article, but give you the Adam-mentions in full. Be sure to click the link to read the entire story. Please forgive the delay in writing about this. I couldn’t post this until her article appeared online so I could link you up!
Of course the first points are about the new judges. Have you watched all the appearances of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as they made their way around the talk-show circuit the past week? I loved watching Steven Tyler perform his Run DMC version of Walk This Way with Jimmy Fallon last night! (I’m still dying to know Tyler’s reaction to Adam’s version of Crying. Has anyone ever seen any comments about this??)
Behind the scenes
Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance) is back after a two-year break. He’s ruled out the 4-judge format and the use of young mentors, like Miley Cyrus. I’m excited about the addition of producer and record-company executive Jimmy Iovine, as the in-house mentor. We all know J-Lo’s and Tyler’s personalities, but we don’t know about this guy . . . yet! Word is he’s fast-talking and opinionated. He will be pairing the contestants with high-profile producers to enhance their performances. Can’t wait!
From Karla Peterson:
On the stage
None of these resuscitative measures will bring “Idol” back to life if the contestants are a bunch of dead fish, and the producers have instituted some changes that should liven things up a bit.
After the Season 7 success of the guitar-playing David Cook resulted in a rash of shoe-gazing singer/songwriter types, this year’s contestants are being encouraged to put down the instruments and amp up the showmanship. Maybe they should hire Adam Lambert as a consultant. Also, it looks like the musical-genre theme nights may give way to nights devoted to decades of music. On the one hand, that means fewer awkward disco covers, which would be a relief. But the genres did force contestants out of their comfort zones, resulting in such classic “Idol” moments as Fantasia’s version of “Summertime” on movie night and Lambert’s slinky Grand Ole Opry night take on “Ring of Fire.” I hope we won’t be missing out on more of those.
And in an attempt to woo back all those young viewers they lost over the last few seasons, producers have lowered the contestant age limit to 15. Maybe the producers are hoping they’ll find the next Justin Bieber. Or maybe they’re just praying all the screaming will keep us awake.
Click here to read the full article!
Peterson also gave “A Selective Timeline” for vital Idol moments. The best was:
May 20, 2009: San Diego’s Adam Lambert does not win the eighth season of “American Idol,” much to the shock of everyone, including winner Kris Allen. In December of 2010, Lambert is nominated for a Grammy.
~ Carol ~