Yes, I admit it, I'm getting sucked into the vortex that is "American Idol" once again. And, yes, I will admit that it is not my fault since wifey has the television on and wants to watch it anyway.
But seriously, as someone who worked (or attempted to "work") in the "music business," it is a fun waste of a couple of hours a week when your brain is already pretty fried.
And even though we have only watched it for a few years now, this crop of young people are really very talented and all quite diverse in their presentations. I mean, they have the cool cat Jewish guy with the upright bass, the hot South American immigrant with an even hotter voice, the black guy who is a little giddy and swishy and has the most amazing pipes in the world, the white boy rocker with Tourettes Syndrome and a tremendous heartbreak sob story, the deep southern country and Italian crooners who the girls scream for, etc., I mean, these folks are all real melting pot Americans, not just cookie-cutter Hollywood pretty faces with a little talent.
Steve Tyler from Aerosmith has moved on from his initial perv moments analyzing all of the hot stock coming through the door during the initial tryouts to actually giving good advice, commending the performers and even, strangely, thanking them, when he is so moved by what they're doing with their voices.
Not everything in life is serious and intellectual. And when you consider some of insane and inane programming on television these days - I mean, I hardly watch anything other than the news - the drama and fun of "American Idol" is nice to have, even for a moment or two.
That all said, I think Jacob Lusk (said giddy black guy) is going to win. We'll have to wait and see.