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Idol follow-up

Since I don't care who wins anymore, here's some random stuff I was wondering:

1. Do you know how many contestants on this season were, more or less, professionals? A fucking ton, that's how many. I remember last year, some people got on my beloved Mindy Doolittle's case because it was 'unfair' to let a professional backup singer be an AI contestant, but dig this: of the post-Hollywood finalists on this season, 6 had been on reality shows before (Jason Yeager, Alexandréa Lushington, David Archuleta, Joanne Borgella, Jason Castro, and Syesha Mercado) and 7 had record contracts before (Luke Menard, Robbie Carrico, David Cook, Brooke White, Carly Smithson, Kristy Lee Cook, and Michael Johns). That's more than half of the contestants. I always kinda thought it was like the Olympics -- that just anyone off the street would come in and have a chance of winning. Is Idol trying to give us a bunch of ringers, or is the culture so media-saturated that it's hard to find someone how hasn't been on TV or recorded an album?

2. Did Kristy Lee Cook's story about having to sell her favorite horse in order to afford the trip to Philadelphia for the audition ever make any sense? First of all, horses cost tens of thousands of dollars, and a three-day trip from Oregon to Pennsylvania doesn't cost anything near that much. Second, how poor can you possibly be if you already own a bunch of horses? And seriously, Brooke White, how can you be 24 years old and never have seen an R-rated movie, no matter how strict your fucking parents are?

3. Also, London, what the fuck? Boris Johnson, really? Okay, this isn't about American Idol, admittedly, but still.

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burkesworks
May. 7th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
3. Also, London, what the fuck? Boris Johnson, really?

I refer you to Norman Spinrad's 1967 novel Agent of Chaos for some unwitting, yet jaw-dropping insight into the future.
littlewashu
May. 7th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
I think that if you grew up on a horse farm, it is perfectly possible to have horses and still be poor. All your money could be tied up in horses!
ludickid
May. 7th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but do you have to sell the whole horse? I mean, that trip's gonna cost like $500. Just put it on a credit card. And if you're somehow so messed up that you own a horse ranch but can't qualify for a credit card, do you have to sell your favorite horse? Why not sell your worst horse?
the_flea_king
May. 7th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Don't watch the show, but I regularly see horses selling around here for under 2 grand. So I guess it's possible.
picodulce
May. 7th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Kristy Lee had to buy fans too. Those calls in were expensive.
ludickid
May. 7th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
That must seem like good money after bad at this point.
xanthussaves
May. 7th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
I know nothing of AI, but Boris Johnson is hilarious (much in the way that Mr. Magoo is hilarious). Ever see him on Have I Got News For You? Fantastic. Also, precious to my heart, is when the media caught him having an affair. As soon as the story broke various camera crews showed up at his house. Boris comes home, denies the affair and then finds he can't enter the house because his wife has locked his ass out. Four more years!
yuriverse
May. 7th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I love (as in cry in anguish) how Boris Johnson's campaign manager (an Aussie who conned folks here into voting for John Howard, apparently) bragged how he fooled Londoners into voting for this guy by making Boris act as if he wasn't Boris.

It is to be teh depressing, teh world.
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