Friday, December 12, 2008

1 Month on, Has American Idol Learned Anything?

I have been thinking a lot about the woman who committed suicide in front of Paula Abdul’s house. Then Abdul was on Barbara Walters and talked about how she told American Idol she was being stalked by Goodspeed and to please not let her on the show. They let her on anyway for the entertainment value.

As fans of Taylor Hicks we have often noticed the way American Idol has belittled Taylor Hicks and even the fans, by saying America got it wrong. It seems the contestants are not the only ones that American Idol does not care about. Even their own judges do not rate the respect they should. If AI feels it will make good TV no one is above being hurt or embarrassed in the name of so-called “entertainment“.

I am starting to write for another site besides just Associated Content. At this site I covered the Abdul/Goodspeed/Idol triangle.

One Month on, Has American Idol Learned Anything?

by Cindy Wright Reeves, Entertainment Correspondent

It has been one month since Paula Goodspeed committed suicide near American Idol Judge, Paula Abdul's home. Today we ask, has American Idol gone to far just to make 'good TV'?. Because the audition phase of American Idol seems to be more based on making fun of people who feel they have talent, rather than finding great talent itself.

The entertainment factor is what keeps AI showing these horrible auditions and making fun of the contestants. We all know that sometimes making fun of a person can cause that person a huge amount of mental torment, but another big issue with American Idol and it’s decisions on what to air, and who to allow in to audition, that is currently in the news, concerns Paula Abdul and fan/stalker Paula Goodspeed. In February of 2006 Paula Goodspeed auditioned for American Idol. Simon Cowell, as always, was snide because Goodspeed had braces on her teeth, and Simon of course had to say to her that she had so much metal in her mouth, making fun of her. At first, when she walked in, Cowell was commenting about how much she resembled Abdul, which was not true, and Goodspeed told the producers, and the judges, that she was a huge fan of Paula’s, and that she had been drawing Abdul since she was a child.

To read the rest of this piece please go here. Be sure to check out useful links at the bottom of the article to hear Paula on Barbara Walters.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Six Random Things about meme.

I received a Google alert about Taylor Hicks from Kallen at Kitchen Window Birder: Six Random Things about meme.. Taylor was mentioned in her 6 Random Things About Me blog. It seems this is a craze that has hit the blog-o-sphere. It seems a fun thing to participate in so here goes.

1) I have 3 kids that mean the world to me. My oldest is from my first marriage. His father and I divorced when he was 3. But his step Father has always treated him and loved him as his own. My son tells everyone that his step Dad is his Real Dad.

2) I am very shy. You might not know that by chatting to me online but when you meet me in person it is very easy to tell.

3) I hate my hair lol. Well I do, it is naturally curly and I have to fight with it like crazy. My husband always teases me says he knows if it is raining or going to rain because when I get up in the morning my hair has lost a couple inches from the curls tightening up.

4) I have notebooks scattered all through my house with notes about things I want to write about, beginnings to that #1 novel that have never been finished and poems or bits of poems that come to mind all of the seldom to soon be forgotten.

5) Elvis Presley was my first IDOL. He died when I was 10 years old and as a teen in the 80’s it wasn’t the in thing to love Elvis but that didn’t stop me. I gushed about how gorgeous he was and how talented. I still feel that way.

6) Another IDOL as taken center stage over Elvis. He hasn’t taken his place just put him on the back burner for the moment. That person as all of you who read here already know is Taylor Hicks. I saw him when he first auditioned for American Idol and started rooting for him from that moment on. I am way more involved in the Taylor Hicks craze than I was in Elvis. I thought I was nuts over Elvis, my family thought I was obsessed, however now I see as do they how much more involved I have become in Taylor. I never joined Elvis fan boards, fan sites or ran a blog about Elvis. Of course I never attended a Elvis concert. I would have if I could have though. But for now since 2006 Taylor Hicks has become my musical obsession so to speak. I can’t wait for the new album of Taylor Hicks’ to come out Feb 10th the album is called The Distance.

On to the next stage. As required, here are the rules. (copied and pasted in its entirety from the Kallen’s site), including this blurb.

The rules for Six Random Facts are pretty straightforward:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they've been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

As you can see, just like Kallen, I am not tagging anyone. I am leaving it open to those who want to join in on the fun. If you want to participate please do so. I have been reading others meme's and it's a lot of fun to find out things about them that you didn't know before.

Kitchen Window Birder: Six Random Things about meme.