Archive for June, 2007

My hope is that they find better talent in the heartland but I still think they need to audition more folks in Boston. Here’s what we’ve got so far:

July 30 – San Diego, California (Qualcomm Stadium)
Aug. 6 – Dallas, Texas (Texas Stadium)
Aug. 10 – Omaha, Nebraska (Qwest Center)
Aug. 14 – Atlanta, Georgia (Georgia Dome)
Aug. 18 – Charleston, South Carolina (North Charleston Coliseum)
Aug. 22 – Miami, Florida (AmericanAirlines Arena)
Aug. 27 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Wachovia Center)

The northern US seems to be conspicuously absent from this list and living in New England I don’t consider Philly to be that far north to count. Hey, it’s their loss but I just hope the judges do a better job at weeding this coming year than last.

Carry on!


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Ok, so I’m a “Weird Al” Fan AND and Idolmaniac – this video is the perfect combination of the two (and they thought Clay Aiken’s Invisible was creepy…). Enjoy!

Got some interesting tidbits to share with you in the next entry so y’all come back now, y’hear?

Carry on!


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…but I’ve been doing a LOT of thinking about the podcast and I have a gut feeling that I’ve missed the boat for this year.  While I can find enough material and schtick to do 10 minutes a week, I’m not sure I’ll have the audience to make it worth the effort.  If I had someone else working with me on it I might feel differently but I’d be handling every aspect of the show — content, camera, hosting and editing.  With my real life schedule it’s about 2 things too many and THAT’S the reason why it has taken so long for me to get this project off the ground.

So, it’s back to the digital drawing board for this project for now but I will continue this blog through the drought known as the “Idol down time.”   Since ROCKSTAR has not been renewed (and I don’t understand why CBS was more taken with PIRATE MASTER that it passed on this show) perhaps I can use my commenting skills on the upcoming season 2 of CELEBRITY DUETS? Or how about AMERICA’S GOT TALENT?  Should I continue following CANADIAN IDOL?  Or be a roving reporter for the upcoming CLAY AIKEN orchestra tour?  What’s a gal to do?

Let me know what you’d like to hear about and I’ll try to deliver.  You KNOW I can…

Thanks for hanging in and carry on!

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The online premiere of STUCK IN IDOL: THE VIDEO PODCAST!

Watch for this fast paced, 10 minute weekly look at the Idol franchise in this country and abroad to appear on your screens in the VERY near future – and isn’t it about time?  Fasten your seat belts…it’s gonna be a bumpy yet enjoyable ride!

See you seeing me soon!   J

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Canadian Idol: Kindler, gentler and bleep-free


From Saturday’s Globe and Mail

June 1, 2007 at 11:30 PM EDT


Are Canadians nicer than Americans?

Television producer John Brunton has his suspicions. Brunton is the executive producer of Canadian Idol, the local franchise of the hugely popular reality show and singing contest, and he readily agrees his version is kinder to the contestants than the sometimes vicious American Idol.


“We’ve adapted it to our country,” he said in an interview on the eve of a fifth season of Canadian Idol. “We tend to celebrate people’s eccentricities, rather than being mean about it.”


The differences between the two shows are most apparent at the judges’ table during the audition rounds, where a lot of painfully untalented singers get eliminated. On previous seasons, the Canadian judges – singer Sass Jordan and three music producers and artist managers, Farley Flex, Jake Gold and Zack Werner – rolled their eyes and pronounced harshly.


“You can’t sing,” Gold would say, while Werner, the most sarcastic voice on the panel, pointed a fire extinguisher at one contestant and threw a large garbage can toward another.


However, the Canadian judges don’t trade insults with the contestants. On American Idol, the notorious British judge Simon Cowell delights in finding ever-nastier ways to tell would-be singers they haven’t got a hope, while segments showing the furious responses of departing contestants often have to bleeped. In comparison to the foul-mouthed – or embarrassingly tearful – Americans, the Canadian hopefuls take the judges’ blunt criticism stoically.


“We never want to be the schoolyard bully, whereas Simon Cowell, that is his stock-in-trade,” says Brunton.


On both shows, the judges become less dismissive as the field is narrowed, but Cowell can still be telling finalists “That was terrible” in the final few episodes of the contest. Last season, the Canadian judges were positively gushing over the final contestants. They do, however, routinely offer more detailed and technical criticism than their American colleagues, giving contestants solid advice about such details as pitch, performance and song choice.


Brunton has stuck with the four-judge format started by the original Pop Idol show in Britain; American Idol sometimes uses a fourth, celebrity judge in the audition rounds, but now drops that person by the time the show gets to the performance segments. The Canadian show also tends to include a lot more rock music, reflecting a strong category on the domestic entertainment scene, while American Idol is mainly pop.


Most of all, Canadian Idol makes a much greater show of regionalism: It auditions in more cities than its American counterpart, and features more footage of these places in the audition segments. Last season’s Top 10 represented eight of the 10 provinces, although Brunton points out that, just like a federal political party, you need a national constituency to win the contest decided by viewers’ voting, which determines the outcome of the performance rounds.


If Brunton and his judges seem to live in a less Darwinian nation than the Americans, it’s not clear that Canadian television audiences wouldn’t like to immigrate. Canadians love Canadian Idol – it’s the most popular piece of homegrown programming since electronic measurement began in 1989 – but they love American Idol even more: It draws about a million more Canadian viewers than its Canadian counterpart does. Of course, Canadian Idol does not go head-to-head with American Idol but airs in the summer, when audiences are traditionally much lower; and CTV, which broadcasts both shows, has no plans to change that.


“I saw an opportunity to get an engine for the schedule in the summer,” says Susanne Boyce, CTV’s president of programming. “By running Idol in the summer, we showed we could create a No. 1 show outside of the fall and winter.”


CTV is not going to disrupt a fall lineup anchored by American dramas, let alone cannibalize its own wintertime ratings by making Canadian Idol compete directly with American Idol. Still, if those kinder, gentler Canadian viewers were ever asked to chose between the two, the current ratings suggest they’d vote for that really nasty Brit.


The season premiere of Canadian Idol airs Tuesday on CTV; check local listings.


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Here’s a look at France’s Idol show, Nouvelle Star

Wow, and I thought Sanjaya was as unusual as they get…

It’s going to be a looooooooong 7 months.

Carry on!


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