Monday, January 21, 2008

Life Without Writers: What Am I Watching? - American Idol Season 7

As the WGA strike rolls on, good television looks to be few and far between.

I spoke with Eva Longoria last week and it appears that Desperate Housewives has seen its last episode of the season with its post-tornado episode. Friday Night Lights is chugging along and Gossip Girl seems to still have some episodes up its sleeve, but beyond that, with the conclusion of The Amazing Race this past week, there is not a whole lot of new TV going on for me to watch.

Thankfully, we have American Idol Season 7 to take us through this dark period of television.

Dun na na na na na na naaaaah, waaaah ahhh!!!!

Unless you've been living in a cave, American Idol (and its redesigned website) premiered on Tuesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 16. While Season 7's debut episode drew 3 million fewer viewers than last season, Idol's ratings are so far beyond that of most network programs that I don't think it's that significant. Additionally, another year brings a whole new group of people who have since adopted TiVos/DVRs (I didn't watch the premiere live), are watching via Slingbox, or just finally gotten cable so they might be watching something else. I don't think it's any cause for panic by any means and the first two episodes were really great as well.

This season, Randy, Paula, and Simon have been a bit nicer so far compared to previous seasons. While the ridiculousness of the outrageous auditions continues, we're not having as much of our time wasted with them. However, at least through the first two cities, I don't think we've seen talent that really gets me excited like Katharine McPhee, Kelly Clarkson, Baylie Brown, Carrie Underwood, Ruben Studdard, and Blake Lewis managed to do in their first auditions in previous Idol season.

Some of my early favorites are:
Kristy Lee Cook - A country-sounding crooner from Oregon

Chris Watson - A soulful, dreadlock wearing R&B type that looks like Lennox Lewis' smaller cousin

Kady Malloy

Kady Malloy - So far, she's Season 7's hottie, does voice impersonations and is one of Simon's early favorites as well

She think she look like Carrie. Me think she don't sound as good.

Something that I've noticed so far this season is just how bright the show is. The audition areas seem brighter and the colors seem to "pop" a little bit more. Ryan seemed a little under the weather in Dallas, but the two hour shows flew by and I think they made for great introductions for the season.

Instead of choosing an overwhelming amount of abrasive auditioners for Simon to shoot down, some of the funny auditions were actually really good! From The Stalker Song, to We're Brothers Forever, to No Sex Allowed, there were all kinds of keepers just from the first two episodes that I don't think anyone is going to forget by the time the Season 7 finale rolls around.


It's a kinder, gentler Idol so far this season, but I hope that we get to see some more real talent this week as the auditions shift to San Diego. Hollywood is still missing some real rockers and could use some more hotties, along with a military guy (a la Phil Stacey or Josh Gracin), to make the top 24 after Hollywood Week.

So far, so good. American Idol auditions hit San Diego tomorrow and hopefully, it'll show a little more talent in this leg, even if it's at the expense of some really good laughs we got from the "bad" auditions.

1 comment:

danielletbd said...

Is it cool if I link to your blog when I post about "AI?" We seem to have some of the same opinions, so I don't know how often that will be because between you and my friend Amanda, everything seems to already get said before I have a chance to chime in haha... but still :)