Your verdict cannot be the product of sympathy or anger.

…unless we’re in the world of American Idol, of course, where horrid performances (like Michael Johns‘s) get the seal of approval and decent performances (like David Hernandez‘s and Chikeze‘s) merit merely tepid approval at best. For the most part, I really, really hate being an Idol conspiracy theorist, but at the same time, I think it’s been pretty obvious from the get-go who the judges wanted in the Final 12 and who has always been expendable to them. But anyway, I guess if I had to pick a favorite tonight, I’d go with Jason Castro. Sure, his heavy-lidded half-smirk reminds me of practically every guy I went to undergrad with — well, maybe not every guy, but definitely the ones you could find outside the dorm at one in the morning smoking and tossing around a hackey sack and debating the merits of Locke versus Rousseau.* No, his performance wasn’t necessarily OMGTHEBEST, but it was sweet and intimate, and in my opinion far more emotional than anything the ArchuleBot 2000 has given us so far. Plus…MAJOR points for “Hallelujah.” Okay, I mean, it was on a list of fifty pre-approved songs, so it wasn’t as though it was Castro’s inspired choice or anything. (Unless they’ve scrapped the list by now. I really haven’t been paying attention.) But, yeah. Uh, Jason Castro — best performance of the night. Danny Noriega — best highlights of the night. Luke Menard — person I would most like to stop singing and just stand there and look really, really beautiful. Sorry, Luke; if it’s any consolation, your Chapter 6 stuff is really, really great.

I miss Jason Yeager and his cheesy little smile.

*The actual philosophers, not the television characters.

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1 Response to “Your verdict cannot be the product of sympathy or anger.”


  1. 1 Baxter March 23, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!! You’re back! My life is complete.

    Tried to stay away from AI this year, just become a casual viewer,but you know that saying ” The best intentions of mice and men…” Well last year I just watched for the entertainment with no favorite to pull for, yet this year has sucked me back in. I am a huge Jason and David Cook fan. Can we do anything to derail the little d train? Sex tape maybe???? Mr. Boring Ballad is killing me with his lack of personality and same old same old. He licks his lips one more time and I am coming thru the tv.

    Great to see you back. :)


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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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