While other Penn State bloggists dream away their off-season trying to foment discussion by speculating on the great mystery of Joe Paterno’s contract, by pontificating about which recruit will be the next great Austin Scott or LaVon Chisley, by providing blow-by-blow descriptions of each of Terrell Pryor’s pugilistic performances, and by documenting the Centre County trial docket, which is replete with half the Nittany Lions football roster, this Turkey sidesteps all that bullshit until there’s some real damn news, taking his annual sojourn into the true theater of the absurd—the always inane, largely irrelevant, and somehow addictive American Idol. (Sorry, Jed.)
Count on The Nittany Turkey for the best off-season crap in all of the blogosphere. We’ll give you coverage of the NFL Draft, we’ll present our gratuitously irreverent take on the Democrat presidential looney bin and its inmates, and now—yes!—we’ll give you all you need to know (or more correctly stated, all I’m going to tell you) about American Idol. And you need to know that.
We’re down to twelve competitors now on AI, the field having been pared down by four on each of the past three weeks. Sadly, Kady Malloy, the hottest of the bunch, got her walking papers last Thursday. Interestingly enough, the official American Idol web site is conducting a poll concerning which eliminated contestant people would most want to see return to the stage but Kady’s name ain’t on it. What are they afraid of? That everybody will vote for Kady? This Turkey sure as hell would! But I digress. Now that we’re down to twelve, there won’t be a girls night and a boy’s night anymore. There’ll just be twelve contestants all competing against one another. Doesn’t that just wanna make your poor little heart want to skip a beat? I thought so. (Don’t worry. It’s just a minor arrhythmia.)
The top twelve contestants get to participate in the Idol Tour, so this is a very significant point in the competition. The stakes are higher in that each of the twelve will reap rewards other than the losers’ consolation prize of a steerage class plane ticket back home to Altoona, Pennsylvania. (On a plane, “steerage” means you have to fly clinging to the rudder.) These remaining people can be considered the finalists.
Thus far, up until Kady, I’ve agreed with the eliminations. Now Kady is gone but, hey, I really wanted to see those bouncing bazongas some more. OK. I’ll stop whining now. She wasn’t all that great a singer—her best act was a Britney Spears imitation, probably only because it brought to mind Britney’s bouncing bazongas. Bye bye, Kady.
Also gone is Danny Noriega, a likable but weird kid whose effeminate mannerisms won over a niche audience for him. He tacitly threatened to become the next Sanjaya Malakar if he hung around much longer. What-everrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
My favored blonde now will have to be Kristy Lee Cook, the tall horsebabe, who unless and until she solidly roots herself in a classic country mode, will not be with us much longer, alas! I agree with Simple Simon when he moans that her performances are “forgettable.”
When Kristy goes, the only remaining blonde will be Brooke White, an on-again, off-again pop stylist (who is also a hair stylist). I like Brooke, but her inconsistency, tentativeness, and song choices gonna do her in. Then, there will be no blondes. Forsooth, verily! Oh, poop.
Just because of her diminutive size, her pathos, and her booming voice from such a half-pint babe, I have to like Ramiele Malubay, who except for a couple of hitches has impressed me from the start. Sushi Girl will undoubtedly emerge as a favorite to walk away with all the marbles if she can maintain her self-confidence against the stiff competition. (Does that mean that the competition is a bunch of stiffs?)
For a change, Amanda Overmayr, a nurse, is a strong-voiced rocker who looks the part. Once she gets over thinking that she’s Janis Joplin reincarnated, which I think she has, she’ll be terrific. She’s a lotta woman, and I like her.
Syesha Mercado—what the hell kind of a name is that? Anyway, we’ve already heard enough Whitney and there was only one of her anyway. What’s next? Mariah? Don’t answer that! Anyway, Syesha couldn’t carry Mariah’s jock strap. (Or whatever you carry for a broad.) Unless this babe can break out of the derivative stuff and the runs and shit, she’s history in a few weeks or less. I can’t remember any of her numbers; that’s how forgettable she is.
Finally, Carly Smithson, the Irish babe who runs a tattoo parlor in San Diego, has an excellent voice. Her face has a little too much “character” for my money—her frown lines get in the way and her main incisors are too long. What also gets in the way is that huge tattoo of a face on her arm. Perhaps Jenny’s remedy would be best for Carly: ink a tatt of an arm on her face.
Among the guys, I’d like to see Chikezie, Michael Johns, and David Hernandez go far, but as Randy would put it, they’re just a-ight. (What the hell kind of Ebonic word is “a-ight”?) Hernandez’s performances in a Phoenix-area strip club for male clientÃ¨le might earn him a few points along the way, even if posing naked didn’t work for Idol hopeful Antonella Barba last year (as covered in last year’s seminal Idol piece, Idolatry and the Cluelessness of the American Public). She was hotter, though.
David Archuleta has the potential to run away with the whole thing, especially with the under-18 crowd voting in large numbers. He tried to offset his baby face with a morose song last week, and it didn’t work but in proving that he was not invincible, it will make him a better contestant. He’s still got to be the odds-on favorite to win it all. Remember, guys like Neil Sedaka and Wayne Newton went pretty damn far in the music world with baby faces.
David Cook can be snotty and annoying, but he’s a rocker with all the equipment, right down to the Gibson Les Paul model guitar. This is the first year that American Idol is allowing contestants to play instruments, and one has to wonder why they waited so long.
Jason Castro is a very good singer, but I think his shyness will do him in.
I have mentioned everybody. I had to pencil in Syesha and Jason at the last minute because I had forgotten about them. That’s how memorable they are. Hell, at least Jason has the weird hair going for him.