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I just played Phillip Phillips’ new single, “Home” for a close friend who said, “Hasn’t the same guy won American Idol five years in a row?” I scratched my head for a moment and then thought, “Oh my God! She’s right!” America keeps choosing the sweet white boy with a guitar, and they have all faded off into never-never land (see Kris Allen, David Cook, and Lee Dewyze). So what’s the explanation for their post-Idol struggle? My guess is that it’s their desire to write their own music, despite having failed at that prior to their appearance on the show. They get on the show and think, “That’s the reason I didn’t make it with my original material. It’s because I just didn’t have enough exposure.” And they are usually wrong. As for Phillip Phillips, I was shocked last night when he performed the Drew Pearson track, “Home.” It represented today’s current music, and for the first time ever — American Idol didn’t feel dated. But my happiness is short-lived, because Phillips doesn’t agree. In fact, he wanted to perform his own music, but there just wasn’t enough time. When asked about the track, he said, “It’s a very good song and a great writer . . . [but] I’m excited to do my own stuff.” Watch below.
I love Phillip Phillips, and he deserved the crown tonight. He’s humble, and he’s talented. He’s also adorably close to his family, who he chose to hug instead of finishing his song, which he couldn’t sing because he was crying. Watch below.
Jennifer Holliday’s ‘Dreamgirls’ performance of “And I’m Telling You” has been copied more times than I can count, with every version less enjoyable than the original. In fact, most people forgot just how great she was after Jennifer Hudson took over. So although I was happy to see her on the American Idol stage, it was a little ridiculous to watch Jessica Sanchez try to keep up. Sanchez should have maintained her own style, but she instead copied all of Holiday’s over-the-top mannerisms that made Holiday famous. Watch below.
Jessica Sanchez & Jennifer Holliday – And I Am… by IdolxMuzic
Is nothing sacred anymore? On tonight’s finale of American Idol, Ace Young proposed to his long-time girlfriend Diana DeGarmo, and I smell a rat. I’m no rocket scientist, but when a man drops jeweler’s name on national television while proposing, it screams canned. Plus, she’s not the best actress. Watch below.
Winner Announced, p6 ~ American Idol 2012 by HumanSlinky
Phillip Phillips’ original song shocked me. Apparently the American Idol song-writers got the memo about today’s music, and they turned in a folk-inspired tune in the vain of Mumford & Sons. It’s so much better than anything the very dated Jessica Sanchez sang. And by the way Jennifer Lopez — apparently you’re not listening to the radio. Your critique was moderately embarrassing.
Phillip Phillips – Home – American Idol 2012… by IdolxMuzic
It’s rare to see a television performance that makes you feel as if you’re watching the band live. But Willie Nelson and his son, Lukas Nelson, accomplished it. Watch them perform “It’s Flooding in Texas” on Jimmy Fallon.
If you’re gonig to invite a “dreadful” person into your home, and you have a pre-existing knowledge that they’re dreadful, then you better keep your cool. Though Anderson Cooper is being praised for his move in the video below, I think it was an easy play. The “human barbie,” also known as Sarah Burge, admitted to some very disturbing details about her plastic surgery obsession, some of which included her daughter. I get it — she’s terrible. But then why book her?
Everyone knows that the winner of Dancing With the Stars always comes down to the freestyle routine, and since Donald Driver’s routine was clearly the best, the results didn’t surprise me. I’ve posted the video of his freestyle below, and it’s worth noting that Carrie Ann Inaba is uncomfortably annoying. Notice her actually standing on the table?
The tears of the 7 year old on America’s Got Talent is more the fault of the producers for letting him perform (and the child’s mother) than it is of Howard Stern. But America finally got to see Stern’s soft-side. He walked on stage to give the boy a hug, and then turned to his sidekick, Robin Quivers, and said that the job as judge just isn’t for him. Nick Cannon also proved to be a great host when he immediately came to the child’s aid. Watch below.