Daily Archives: March 1, 2013

Judging Idol


It’s been quite a dreary, miserable day in which I’ve been recuperating from a cold. I’m starting to feel better (almost) but I thought I would offer my musings since last night’s episode of American Idol didn’t make me feel well (perhaps even facilitated my misery!).

First of all, I had no idea that ABC decided to change the time slot for Scandal, a show I’ve just started watching this season, and thought – after such a boring episode of Idol – that I had another TV program to make up for my lost 2 hours (only to discover that the show had moved from 10 pm to 9 pm!). Grrrr! I hate when TV stations do that!


It’s so weird, these past few seasons.  It’s like, ever since the the original 3 judge panel combination of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson has disintegrated, we haven’t really had a good mix of Idol contestants.  Interestingly, the last season of Simon-Paula-Randy was (you guessed it!) David’s season.  Certainly, it’s not a coincidence that the talent has suffered since this judge panel rearrangement, and not just because we’re in the era of American Idol A.D. (that’s “After David,” for the uninitiated).

Now that Season 12’s judges have given us a Top 20 to vote for, I can’t help but scratch my head.  First, I’m amazed at how diverse the contestants (more than half are African American), and I don’t think there is a WGWG to be found among them (WGs yes, but with guitars? No).

Zoanette Johnson-1Is this simply TV show manipulation, or do these contestants really and truly reflect the tastes of the judges.  I just can’t imagine a Zoanette Johnson – with all her nutty, Grace-Joneseque freakery and barely controlled vocals – getting into the Top 20 under Simon Cowell or even under last year’s panel with J.Lo and Steve Tyler.  She’s purely a Nicki Minaj incantation.

All the R&B vocal types? That’s clearly Mariah Carey’s preference, and the few country girls and boys are under the influence of Keith Urban.

Would such a panel have appreciated a David Archuleta? (Well, yeah; if Paula Abdul wanted to tear off his head and dangle it from her rearview mirror, Nicki Minaj would want to gobble him whole – thank goodness he tried out back in 2007 before the world ever heard of that chick!).

So, here we are, with a weird combination of contestants – who knows how the Idol audience, who’s been fed a diet of generic singer-songwriting types, will react to what they’ve been given (or even if TPTB will get their wish with a girl winner this year).

I do think, whatever happens, my “Side-Idol” Lazaro Arbos will go far – although, as I suspected last week – I’ve already lost interest.  He’s totally cute (and really comes off gay – mind you, some folks said that about David too, but Lazaro Arbos is really quite femme between the pink and the bowtie) but his vocals are barely controlled. I tell ya’ – nothing like comparing these young’uns to a master showman like the Voice to really appreciate David’s gifts.


Besides that, when Lazaro was greeting the judges and the camera viewed him from behind, I noticed something rather shallow: he’s flat as a pancake!

He ain’t got nothin’ on David who can rock some tight pants! 😉

Sigh. What a painful season this is going to be – with this Top 20 and our original all the way over in Chile!

Perhaps No Matter How Far can serve as a dripping faucet in our desert, but it’s probably time for me to start the countdown here at Soul David.

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