Wednesday, January 16, 2013
American Idol 12.0 Launches Tonight
American Idol's starting up again and I've never felt so old. Time is flying by so fast I can't even keep up with the calendar. Just last month, Mamasox blew me away belting out Natural Woman during Hollywood Week as everyone in the audience sang backup and wildly cheered.
Wait, actually, that was somehow 3 fucking years ago.
Just last week, Haley Reinhart really got my juices flowing singing Oh Darlin' with the hottest, sexiest, sultriest audition I'd ever seen. I thought Steven Tyler was going to jump out of his chair and attack her right on camera, and I practically had to wipe the drool off my flat screen.
Oh, uhhh, hold on... that was actually 2 motherfucking years ago.
Just yesterday, Phillip Phillips tore apart Superstition and Thriller at his audition. I thought to myself, wow, I can't see this guy losing, and sure enough he blew away the field to take the crown.
Never mind, that was actually somehow a full motheruckingcocksucking year ago.
You get the picture. It's just so hard for me to believe that another year has come and gone, and a new crop of newbies are already about to begin their Idol journeys. Is this even possible?
I've skipped all the other singing shows, because what's the point? I tried to watch them last year, and became incredibly bored. They're all just poor imitations of the undefeated, undisputed, singing contest champion of the world and I'm not about to waste my time on a bunch of wannabe pretenders and their never-will-be singers.
However, Idol is the real deal. In the past 3 years I have had the pleasure of 3 spectacular artists (Crystal, Haley and Phillip) deliver 4 spectacular albums that I consider among the very best in my music collection. Without Idol, odds are I'd have never known of them, and that would really have been a shame.
Beyond the thrilling three, I've also bought wonderful albums from Casey Abrams and Tim Halperin. I could go back to Season 8 and earlier, too, but I won't because I didn't really get hooked on anyone's music enough to buy their albums with the notable exception of original recipe Idol, Kelly Clarkson. I've got two of her albums.
Oh, and this doesn't even take into account some of my favorite Idol alumna with yet to be released albums. I've been waiting forever for the stunning Pia Toscano to dish out an album, and am open to other former Idols who can offer authentic music that goes beyond the overproduction dance pop bullshit, or cartoonishly stereotypical country that bores me.
Which brings me to tonight. A new season begins and I have no idea what to expect. My hope is that like the past 3 years, I find at least one contestant who has a sound that I dig, and a post-Idol album that really delivers.
Oh, you notice I'm not talking about the judges drama, joke auditions, or any of the other peripheral, contrived bullshit? Because I don't care about it, and, thanks to trusty Mr. DVR, I will FF thru all of that crap. I stick to watching the singers and their singing, period.
So, with that, here's a toast to the Season 12 talent crop. May you be worthy of the glass of Chivas I'm raising in your honor, and cheers to another great season!