American Idol

Globes are gone; "Idol" is next


Some quick comments on many things and then a story about the new "American Idol" season:

1) I really did not like Sunday's second football game. REALLY. However, let's remember that the Packers finished with the year's best record, 15-2.

2) Ricky Gervais had some great moments in the opening monolog of the Golden Globes ceremony, then sort of faded away. He'll be back next month, with a hilarious HBO show.

The X Factor: Haven't we been here before?


What did I think of the "X Factor" debut? I sort of  liked it; of course, I also liked it when it was called "American Idol."

If there were anti-cloning laws in Hollywood, this show would face capital punishment. It's mostly "Idol" with a few "America's Got Talent" touches added for, well, originality.

The X Factor: Haven't we been here before?


What did I think of the "X Factor" debut? I sort of  liked it; of course, I also liked it when it was called "American Idol."

If there were anti-cloning laws in Hollywood, this show would face capital punishment. It's mostly "Idol" with a few "America's Got Talent" touches added for, well, originality.

"Idol": Lauren is thinner and cheery, but NOT a dumb blonde


This is the ideal ending for "American Idol": The right person wins, a nice-and-cheerful person finishes second,  both have big things ahead. My previous blog is the interview with Scotty McCreery, the winner; here's the story I sent to papers on Lauren Alaina, the runner-up:

By MIKE HUGHES

In her five months on “American
Idol,” Lauren Alaina has grown musically and shrunk physically.

Scotty McCreery; pure country, with a Puerto Rican twist


Scotty McCreery fits cozily into his new "American Idol" fame. He's a classic country guy ... albeit with a slight Puerto Rican twist. Here's the story I sent to papers:

 By MIKE HUGHES

Scotty McCreery isn't your typical,
cookie-cutter “American Idol” winner.

He sings deep, he seems casual, he
talks country. And he's one-quarter Puerto Rican.

Good news, bad news: Scotty wins, Oprah flubs


So there are happy endings, after all. Tonight -- four hours after Oprah Winfrey disappointed us with a so-so farewell -- "American Idol" got it right. Scotty McCreery, who already has the sound and the feel of a country star, was named the winner.

Yes, I worried about it (see previous blog) after Lauren Alaina got all the breaks in Tuesday's performance finale. For two straight years, my favorite -- Adam Lambert and Crystal Bowersox -- had lost.

Scotty might not win? Blame him ... and George Strait ... and moms


Going into tonight, I was somewhere between 95 and 107 percent sure that Scotty McCreery would win "American Idol." Now that's shrunk to 43 percent, tops.

What happened? A best-case scenario for Lauren Alaina, with:

1) An emotional tug for her at the beginning, with a small fuss about her voice being blown out during rehearsals.

2) A big tug for her at the end. She got to sing about her mom ... while hugging her actual, weeping mom.

One reality winner ("Apprentice") down and three to go


OK, we now have the first piece of the late-May reality rush: John Rich is the winner of this year's "Celebrity Apprentice."

Rich had already proven himself a canny country guy, propelling his own career and several others. By choosing him, Donald Trump made amends for picking Piers Morgan over country's Trace Adkins, a few years past.

Marlee Matlin also proved to be a fierce competitor. A few blogs back, you'll find a joint interview of the two finalists.

"Idol" finale: Teens rule the world


This has been a fascinating "American Idol" season, both for what it delivered (great and diverse voices) and what it lost (most of that diversity, as the voters took over.

I'm fairly happy with this, because I think Scotty McCreery will make a worthy champion. Nashville -- which has had plenty of teen females -- is about to get a 17-ytear-old star, with an old guy's voice.

Still, it's interesting to look at what happened. Here's the story I sent to papers:

 By MIKE HUGHES

Haley: A sultry old soul, ready to rock


Here we are, encased in reality-competition finales.

The block right before this one looks at Sunday's "Celebrity Apprentice" finalists; the ones before that have my ranting about "American Idol." Now let's hear from Haley Reinhart, who was ousted (unfairly) from "Idol" Thursday; here's the story I sent to papers:

 By MIKE HUGHES

Standing on the “American Idol”
stage this week were two kids and (musically speaking) an old soul.