With a twist (of lime).

Uncle Nigel has been flitting about lately with tales of a promised mid-season twist that will “blow everyone away” and that also somehow involves the viewing audience. Well, I’m hearing rumors that the “twist” will actually be an episode in which the viewing public gets to vote on which songs the contestants will sing.

In theory, that’s pretty cool, but c’mon…they’ve got to safeguard this. From the producers’ standpoint, it can’t be a free-for-all; otherwise, sites like VFTW will do their best to spam the contest to ensure the most ear-splitting performances possible. I mean, yeah, who doesn’t want to hear Taylor Hicks sleepwalk his way through another drippy, romantic ballad like “Just Once,” or bear witness to Katharine McPhee butchering some more “Against All Odds”-ish power ballads? But for real, they’ve got to do this right. Having the viewers vote on a limited number of songs that have been pre-screened and pre-selected to fit the singer’s range and innate vocal abilities (and limitations) would be good, and is probably what the show will wind up doing (a la the “pick a song title out of a fishbowl” gimmick they ran with in season 2 — there were only four songtitles in each bowl, and they’d all been carefully chosen).

Sure, that’ll substantially reduce the “it’ll BLOW YOUR MIND!” impact that TPTB obviously hope it’ll have, but seriously, voting on song choices for the contestants isn’t really that exciting anyway. Oh well, here’s to the real “biggest shocker evah” being that someone who knows who they are musically wins this year, and that they actually get to make the kind of music they want to make. Talk about blowing America’s mind.


1 Response to “With a twist (of lime).”

  1. 1 Alto February 18, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Amanda Coluccio is clearly a talent who also has a big personality. American Idol exploited the fact that she has an opinion , is articulate, and can actually put a coherent sentence together. The best friends thing was clearly her idea, but Simon wil NEVER admit it. Go Amanda.

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February 2007
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What the kids are sayin’

"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."

"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."

"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "

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