Wow. Just...

Sep. 22nd, 2004 01:19 pm
rj_anderson: (Kalan Shy)
[ profile] melissa_tlc, if you haven't seen this yet, you really, really need to. Remember what you were saying about how unfair and inaccurate it was to say that Clay's voice was "too Broadway", and how Broadway-style singing was a whole different kettle of fish? I agreed with you about that, and I even would have gone so far as to doubt that Clay's voice and delivery were suited for Broadway musical-type fare at all.

I've just changed my mind completely on that point, however, courtesy of Clay Aiken singing Alan Menken's 'lost' Aladdin song "Proud of Your Boy". (And yes, it is streaming video, so even dialup connections can see it.)

Why, oh why, oh why, did Clay's first album not have this kind of production? It's about the voice, people, not the lousy instrument track!

Hmm, no Clay icons at the moment. Oh, well.
Gacked from [ profile] cesario:

Sum up your opinion or impression of me in one word, leave it as a comment in this posting, and then post this sentence in your own journal.

Also, if you've ever watched American Idol or know anything about the AI judges' style of commentary, I've got a funny story in my blog.
So Ruben won the final -- boo hoo. On the other hand, it's not like Clay will be suffering either, with a guaranteed recording contract and a humongous fan base.

Even so, I have to admit to some cynicism about the results, not so much because I wanted Clay to win (although I did) but because all the evidence I've seen so far points to Clay having by far the larger fan base* and as such he should have received the most votes. But with phone lines being jammed as they were, a great many votes (possibly on both sides, not just Clay's) would not have gotten through.

It's also been pointed out that 19 Entertainment is now poised to make megabucks off both Clay (whose fan base was already rabid and well-established) and Ruben (since he's now the American Idol), whereas if the results had gone the other way, they might not have made as much money from Ruben's part of the equation. Which is true, I think.

All of which is not to slight Ruben, who seems like a very nice guy and does (on a good day) have a fine voice for those who like that sort of soul/R&B thing. But last night he was lip-synching a lot of the time -- or else his two performances of "Flying Without Wings" were eerily identical. I only wish Kelly (last year's winner, for those who don't know or don't care about such things) had lip-synched as well -- I don't know what went wrong with her performances last night, but man, she was awful.

If the whole concept of American Idol is by definition cheesy, if the show's actual execution is more on a Velveeta level, then last night's appearance by Paul Anka was Cheez Whiz and tonight's skit featuring Paula and Simon was cheese-in-a-can. And there is only so much cheesiness any sane human being can take, so I'm glad it's all over.

*Though admittedly, that might just be on the Internet. Clay is, after all, the poster boy for nerds everywhere, so perhaps it's not surprising that active net users would tend to support One Of Our Own.


May. 21st, 2003 03:05 pm
rj_anderson: (Clay Weasleyesque)
Sorry, just had to get that out of my system.

Comments on last night's American Idol )

I have no idea who's going to win, and this last night of competition didn't help. I still think Clay deserves to win, and that if they're really going by number of votes Clay will win, but at the same time the media and the judges have been pushing Ruben so hard that I'm not sure they won't just push him straight through no matter how the votes turn out...
So Nicholas, my three-year-old, loves to watch Clay Aiken videos. But the ultimate was his one-line review of Clay's "Grease", delivered with great relish while watching the video today:

"He's a silly, silly goofball."

Who needs Simon Cowell?
Just a couple of quick thoughts on tonight's TV before I head off to bed:

American Idol Grousing )

24 Wibbling [Ware Spoilers!] )

*whimpers* I want to go home, mummy.


May. 7th, 2003 08:09 am
rj_anderson: (Sydney fashion)
The unfortunate image of Clay Aiken singing "Grease", accompanied by intermittent hip twitches and pelvic thrustlets, has been wiggling uncomfortably across the surface of my right temporal lobe since last night.

Paula's attempt to put a brave face on it notwithstanding, I am cheered by the obvious conclusion to this episode: you can lead a geek to fashion, but you can't make him hip.

It's all right, Clay, we still love you. Even if we sometimes have to do it with our eyes closed.
So I'm not exactly a rabid American Idol fan, but I've been watching episodes here and there as it gets down to the final few. Anyway, I was trying to explain to my husband what I meant when I said Clay hangs on to his consonants too much*, so I downloaded the video of last week's performance of "Build Me Up, Buttercup" from this site to use as an example.

Well, that would all be fine and good, but I made the mistake of letting Nicholas (my three-year-old) see the video. And the kid got instantly and completely hooked on the song and made me play it again about fifty times.

All of which means, of course, that Clay will be singing "Build Me Up, Buttercup" in my head for approximately the next two weeks. Agh. Why couldn't it be "Solitaire" instead? Not catchy enough for Nicholas, I guess...

*Don't get me wrong, I like Clay a lot. He's my pick to win, in fact. But he still needs to stop over-enunciating his r's.


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