Diary

Un-American Idol

Somebody told me American Idol wasn’t going to be on last night.
But when I turned on the TV, there it was.
I only saw one performance. The guy on stage was an impressive baritone. Very smooth voice. Perfect pitch at all times. He really worked the cameras. And the crowd absolutely ate it up. The more idealistic ones, anyway (you know how some people worship rock stars).
There was something about this guy’s act that wasn’t quite right, though. Did anybody else notice it? There seemed to be a lack of conviction from the performer. Like his act really was just that: an act. I mean, good show and all. He looked like he was trying to put his heart into it, trying to be uplifting, but there was still something hollow about the whole routine. Didn’t this guy perform a bunch of somber, depressing stuff the last few weeks? He’s quite a chameleon.
His song choice was odd too. “Give it away, give it away, give it away now. Give it away, give it away, give it away now.” I guess he thought picking a song from the Red Hot Chili Peppers would appeal to the young voters at home. I’m sure it will work.
The cameras never cut away to the judges either. I’m sure Randy, Paula, and the new girl loved it. They’re very impressionable. And they’ve obviously been pulling for this guy the whole season. But Simon? He saw through it, I’m sure. He’s the only honest one. He’s the judge most of the people love to hate. Quite a fox, that Simon.
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