May 25, 2006

Taylor Hicks Won American Idol

I'm glad he won. But why did they write such a dreadful song to be his first single? I guess the label that puts out American Idol records writes the songs that are performed by the two finalists in the final night of competition. The songs written for both Katharine and Taylor were equally awful.

The final show. Well, I taped it because I was working and ended up fast forwarding through most of it. I paused every now and then to hear what the guest celebrities sounded like. For example, Dionne Warwick sounded great when she soloed but I fast forwarded through the idols performing Burt Bacharach's songs. Not coincidentally, both Burt and Dionne were promoting an upcoming album release.

Mary J. Blige made an appearance singing a duet with Elliot Yamin. Meatloaf performed with Katharine McPhee. Al Jareau performed with Paris Bennett.

None of the celebrity appearances surprised me really. Most were either looking for some additional publicity or promoting an album. I was amazed, however, to see Prince performing. American Idol seems so commercial for him. But he was amazing and so were his sexy, identical twin backup singers. He performed before Katharine and Taylor came out to perform one more duet together - that dippy song from Dirty Dancing. I thought it was unfair to make anyone perform after Prince. Honestly, how do you follow Prince?

The show was definitely too long. All I wanted to know was the results but I didn't want the surprise ruined either, so after an hour of fast forwarding I finally got to see Taylor win his final reward.

Congratulations Taylor. It's a shame I won't be buying that single you performed on the show. I apologize in advance. I'll just wait until you aren't affiliated with the Idol producers anymore and start recording music I might listen to. I hope that comes soon.

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