TV blogging

TV blogging: Except for a few snippets, I skipped this season of American Idol — come to think of it, I skipped all the previous seasons except for the end of last year’s (I’ll admit it: I’m a Carrie Underwood fan.) However, I did tune in the final 30 minutes of last night’s show (while the DVR was churning away on Lost in the background — more on that in a second.) Sorry, but the show was awful — the singing bad and the staging schmaltzy. That shaved-heard rocker guy singing a Burt Bacharach tune has to be the low point in his career. Unfortunately, it’s also the high point, as it was seen by more people than will ever see him do anything else. (The WaPo’s Lisa de Moraes captures the event accurately.)

On a positive note, however: I must say that, to be in her (what?) 80s or 90s, Dionne Warwick still looks great…and so what if she was, as Randy would say, a little pitchy, she’s still got the stuff. At least she sold me a few downloads last night.

But Prince? What was that all about?

The Alabama contingent of rexblog readers are, no doubt, happy the guy who used to sing at the Flora-Bama won. Actually, I have it on good authority that one person who reads this blog has a friend who knows Taylor — or something like that: Auburn frat-party thing. So, does that make the rexblog three-degrees of separation from the Soul Patrol? Taylor’s fine and, for that matter, Katherine McPhee ain’t bad, but they’re no Carrie Underwood.

As for Lost, I thought the writers did a good job weaving disparate threads together and putting some explanatory touches on some things. They also threw in some intriguing curves. Of course, I’m always a impressed when writers can introduce some Russians in an igloo into a show that takes place on a tropical island. When do the polar bears return?

Come to think of it, I have a third-degree of separation from Lost, as well. One of the lead characters (I’ll skip the specifics) graduated from the high school that on Sunday, a young lady who is one of the lead characters in my life, will also graduate.

  • Shannon

    Those who refer to South Alabama as LA (Lower Alabama) might not be that far off. Three of the past five American Idol finales have featured Heart-of-Dixie residents, with two of them taking home the title. The Birmingham Fox affiliate interivewed Taylor after the show last night and he gave them a big WAR EAGLE (according to my dad). Woooo!!

  • bhudgins

    The variety of beings and climates on Lost is beginning to remind me of another show with Lost in the title
    http://www.tv.com/lost-world/show/897/summary.html

  • Monica Powers

    Where a character from Lost went to high school? Well now you’re gonna have to tell us who it is…

    Btw, the two guys were speaking Portuguese in the Arctic Station.

  • rex

    Monica — thanks for the clarification. Portugese? Were they speaking with a Brazilian accent? As for the high school, I guess I should clarify: It was an actor who went to the high school. As for who? Hmm, here’s a hint: The actor is a native of Montana.