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I must be nuts but I’m going to give the live blogging thing another try TOMORROW NIGHT – 26 February @ 8pm EST during the Boys Night Out – Take 2.  If you want to join in, please stop by here at STUCK IN IDOL – the LIVE BLOG.

If I can get enough interest, I would prefer to live blog when I am not working but if not, I’ll just keep on doing what I’m doing – either way, my opinions will continue to be shared whether you want to hear them or NOT!  😉

See ya tomorrow night!    J

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Come one, come all! The Live Blogging experiment continues tomorrow night at 8pm EST/7pm CST/5pm PST. Just click here and join the fun! I make lots of irreverent comments, take polls, show videos, and everyone can add their own POV to the proceedings. What better way to watch IDOL than with others!

See you there — carry on!

J

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…since I can’t seem to get my act together to post my recaps in a timely manner (noticed that I skipped last week?). I’m going to attempt to Live Blog tomorrow night’s Omaha auditions so now YOU can get in on the action AS IT HAPPENS instead of just reading what I have to say. If it works, I’ll use this format for most of the series (there will be nights I have to work…sorry…) – if not, well, I’ll have to decide whether or not to keep up the blog.

Only one hitch…WordPress does not support iFrame, which is the platform used for live blogging.  That means I’ll have to redirect all of you to another blog on Blogger in order to try this.  Ugh – why can’t things just be simple??

Anyway, if you’re into experiments, then check out tomorrow’s live blogging attempt here 

See you there!

J

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    Happy New Year!

    I know I have been away far too long from my AI friends and fans so I guess this is as good a time as any to start cranking up the creative wheels again and get this blog back on a regular schedule. Speaking of schedules, I’m sure most of you saw that FOX has released the broadcast schedule for season 7 of Idol and I was VERY glad to see the Hollywood rounds getting two episodes again instead of last season’s disappointing one. Now in case you’re one of the three people who haven’t seen the press release, I’ll post it here so you can reference it throughout the season:

     

     

    2008 American Idol Season 7 Schedule

    Tuesday, January 15

    Auditions (Philly)

    Wednesday, January 16

    Auditions (Dallas)

    Tuesday, January 22

    Auditions (San Diego)

    Wednesday, January 23

    Auditions (Charleston)

    Tuesday, January 29

    Auditions (Omaha)

    Wednesday, January 30

    Auditions  (Miami)

    Tuesday, February 5

    Auditions  (Atlanta)

    Wednesday, February 6

    Auditions (Could be “Best of the Worst” – I hate those!)

    Tuesday, February 12

    Hollywood Part 1

    Wednesday, February 13

    Hollywood Part 2 – Top 24 Revealed

    Tuesday, February 19

    Top 12 Males

    Wednesday, February 20

    Top 12 Females

    Thursday, February 21

    Top 24 Elimination

    Tuesday, February 26

    Top 10 Males

    Wednesday, February 27

    Top 10 Females

    Thursday, February 28

    Top 20 Elimination

    Tuesday, March 4

    Top 8 Males

    Wednesday, March 5

    Top 8 Females

    Thursday, March 6

    Top 16 Elimination – Top 12 established

    Tuesday, March 11

    Top 12 Perform

    Wednesday, March 12

    Top 12 Elimination

    Tuesday, March 18

    Top 11 Perform

    Wednesday, March 19

    Top 11 Elimination

    Tuesday, March 25

    Top 10 Perform

    Wednesday, March 26

    Top 10 Elimination

    Tuesday, April 1

    Top 9 Perform

    Wednesday, April 2

    Top 9 Elimination

    Tuesday, April 8

    Top 8 Perform

    Wednesday, April 9

    Idol Gives Back 2

    Thursday, April 10

    Top 8 Elimination

    Tuesday, April 15

    Top 7 Perform

    Wednesday, April 16

    Top 7 Elimination

    Tuesday, April 22

    Top 6 Perform

    Wednesday, April 23

    Top 6 Elimination

    Tuesday, April 29

    Top 5 Perform

    Wednesday, April 30

    Top 5 Elimination

    Tuesday, May 6

    Top 4 Perform

    Wednesday, May 7

    Top 4 Elimination

    Tuesday, May 13

    Top 3 Perform

    Wednesday, May 14

    Top 3 Elimination

    Tuesday, May 20

    Final 2 Perform

    Wednesday, May 21

    Season Finale & Winner

     

    Other than another installment of Idol Gives Back, which I have mixed feelings about, it should be another interesting year of bad auditions, questionable judging and America getting it wrong at least ten times, if not more. Has Idol become predictable? In a way, yes — but it still manages to provide enough angst and raw emotions from both contestants and viewers to keep it the main topic of water cooler conversation from January to May. Couple that with the lack of any viable competition due to the writers’ strike and it should top the Nielsen’s easily again this year. There will, however, be some changes and additions and I am looking forward to them. From what we already know:

     

    ****Less focus on guest mentors and more on the contestants themselves in an effort to get to know them better. I would hate to see the producers do away with mentors altogether (especially the music god himself, Barry Manilow, who is due for another visit this year) because some of them, like Barry, really do care about the kids and want to see them do their best. However, last year’s over-emphasis, I believe, did take away from getting to see the contestants as regular folks just like us and allowed one very charismatic individual to get more attention for his non-singing antics than he deserved. Let’s hope the producers have learned a lesson from this.

     

    ****Allowing the contestants to show other sides of their musical abilities is certainly a welcome addition. Most of the other big Idol franchises already allow this and I believe it does help show how musically well rounded an individual is or isn’t. As a musician myself, I think it takes a lot more than a pretty voice to make it BIG in music or to achieve longevity in this field. Building on skills and gifts, as well as the occasional reinvention of the artists, helps to keep their creativity alive and, hopefully, keeps them out of becoming boring or trite to the listening and buying public. Since most Idol contestants haven’t traditionally had much experience or “dues paying” prior to being on the show (there are exceptions, obviously), they seem to lack the staying power of others who have taken awhile to “make it.” However, the public seems to think that if a musician isn’t ALWAYS in the news or on TV or on the radio that they have somehow “failed” at making a career of music – which is not necessarily true. Being able to judge a contestant’s full musical potential may begin to tip the scales away from those with just great voices and towards the “total musical package” types – something that may not be a bad thing. I guess we’ll have to see what the producers put forward this year for us to judge (and it had better be better than last year…).

     

     

    If you’re like me, with the holidays now a fond memory and the writers’ strike making TV more of a vast wasteland, you’re just as anxious for Idol to get going. It’s only a little longer, folks… get those TiVOs and DVRs primed and ready… we’re almost there and I’M READY! Are you?

     

    Carry on!

    J

     

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…I’ve decided to post this comment that was left in my ABOUT section so that all could be informed.  I am aware that the Writers’ Guild is about to strike the TV industry on 10/31 unless a contract agreement can be reached.  Since I am a writer of sorts and a creative artist by trade, I can certainly understand their position on fair and just compensation.  If someone from IDOL would like me to publish their side of the story, I’d be happy to do that as well.  Somewhere between the two should be the truth of the matter.    J

THE DARK, UGLY SECRET BEHIND THE COMPANY THAT BRINGS YOU “AMERICAN IDOL”

A recent New York Times article headline read: “FOR FOX’S RIVALS, ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ REMAINS A SCHOOLYARD BULLY”.

Jeff Zucker, chief executive of NBC Universal said in the story, “I think ‘Idol’ is the most impactful show in the history of television” and Kelly Kahl, the chief scheduler for CBS said, “This is a big monolith sitting out there. It’s the ultimate schoolyard bully.”

Bully indeed.

FremantleMedia, the company that produces “American Idol” for FOX, is a worldwide leader in television production, enjoying tremendous international success. They produce relatively inexpensive, popular US programming — including the lucrative “Idol” and “The Price is Right” — while refusing to offer decent wages and benefits to the writers working on their shows. (Yes! Even “American Idol” has writers!)

The latest example of Fremantle’s blatant, disrespectful treatment of professional writers occurred on their new game show “Temptation”. Writers were required to work excessive (12-14) hours daily in order to produce 170 shows in 16 weeks. They did not receive health insurance, pension contributions, standard wages, overtime, residuals or proper screen credits.

Despite numerous requests over the years from the Writers Guild of America (WGA), FremantleMedia still refuses to comply with industry standards. They continue to exploit the writers who contribute to the success of the shows that rake in millions and millions of dollars for them.

Because of their blatant arrogance and disrespect, a petition is being circulated among all WGA members and their supporters, urging them to refuse work with FremantleMedia and its subsidiaries.

The campaign, including public demonstrations, will continue until FremantleMedia treats writers fairly by applying and enforcing industry standards on all of its productions.

How can you help?

To pledge your support, simply click on the link and electronically sign the petition, which will be hand-delivered to FremantleMedia. Deadline for all signatures is Monday, October 22.

You don’t need to be a writer to sign the petition — just a conscientious person who believes that media corporations should not be allowed to take advantage of the creative services provided by hard-working writers. Thanks for your support!!

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Look, gang, I’m a peaceful blogger/podcaster who reports IDOL news where I can get it.  As you may have noticed, my March post regarding the recant has been removed because I forgot to site my source – something I’ve apologized for and will try not to repeat in the future.  If I have to remove the latest post on Clay I will as well.  I’m sorry if this has caused problems in the Clay Nation but I’m getting so fed up with all the angst and mudslinging that I’m about ready to give up on being a Clayfan altogether.  I really like the man but the fandom is just too out of control for me.  I’ve always tried to back him up and be supportive but I’m not a blind follower and have said things that others have not appreciated – to which I get slammed.

No. Thank. You.  I don’t need this.

J

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