Review: Your New “American Idol”!
As predicted, Mt. Prospect, Illinois paint salesman Lee DeWyze emerged victorious at the Nokia theater in Hollywood, thus capping the unusual 9th season of American Idol. An incredibly emotional Lee somehow managed to pull it together enough to reprise his coronation song “Beautiful Day”, which can now be purchased in the iTunes store.
The other big story of the night was the departure of everyone’s favorite Brit, Simon Cowell. Tributes for the acerbic judge rolled in from Ricky Gervais, Dane Cook, 7 out of 8 former Idol winners (where were you, David Cook?), and last but not least, a fantastic looking, clear-eyed Paula Abdul. Seeing Simon and Paula reunited was surprisingly emotional, and although Mr. Cowell noted that the show will go on, the whole thing actually made it feel like the show itself was coming to an end.
Speaking of endings, this is my final blog entry of the year. Once again, writing it has been a total blast and I am very grateful for everyone who took the time to read it. I’d like to extend extra-special thanks to Frank Verkaik, Lee Williams, Nancy Hajek, John Avery, and Joe Olshan. You went beyond the call of duty, and your attentive feedback, encouragement, and advice made a world of difference.
I also want to thank Kennon Agee, Lisa Agee, J.R. Ammons, Jane Asher, Becky Baeling, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Banks, Tom Barnes, Grace Bender, Skip Bishop, Michele Bolduc, Kevin Carter, Jay Caruso, Arden Chesnut, Neile Chesnut, Lynn Colbert, Gina Corrales, Libba Crosswhite, Ken Crosswhite, Carole Davenport, Jaime Davenport, Jim Davenport, Angela Dobson, Robbie Everitt, John Fagot, Zuri Farlow, Molly Fleming, Geoff Freitag, Darcy Fulmer, Melissa Geriah, Arlana Guckenberger, Robin Heath, Laura Hinson, Craig “Catfish” Hunter, Tim Host, Julie Ireland, Kevin Ireland, Jeff Jawer, Jayn, Claire Doleschal Keller, Cindy Krueger, Jay Krueger, Lori Leve, Rob Lotterstein, Emily Mackay, Daphne Malone, Lucila Massey, Dana Lundon Masucci, Fred McFarlin, Harry Michas, Peggy Miles, Al Moinet, Sarah Moore, Tim Moore, Marc Nathan, Karissa Noel, Bill Nolan, Tony Novia, Anne Pierce, Pat Pope, Georgia Rossi, Stacey Sanner, Janay Schutte, Janet Sheffield, Ginna Siniard, Jill Smith, Randy Stein, Julie Stewart, Tracy St. George, Dawn Turnbull, Sadao Turner, Simon Verkaik, Mel Washburn, Jackie Watson, Reeves Watson, Angela White, Elizabeth Whitten, Eva Wood, Sheryl Wyrostok, Rema Zarwi, and every single person who ever commented on this blog or on my Facebook page. Your support was appreciated more than you’ll ever know.
Have a great summer!