Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A 30-something at American Idol

Half as a gag, and half because he knew I'd really love it, Aaron got me tickets to see American Idol at the  HP Pavilion in San Jose last night.  Great, clean, happy fun.  

It may be that Aaron and I were the only 30 somethings there who weren't accompanying their children.  The demographic seemed to be tween and teenage girls and women in their 50s who were out for a good hoo-hah.  Sadly, those women in their 50s dressed like the tween girls - crimped hair, pink lipstick, short shorts and all.  It was not pretty.

I'm not sure which was more entertaining - the performers themselves or the state of the girls watching them.  I am telling you, these 10-16 year old girls can scream.  We had a group of girls behind us, all decked out, each in a t-shirt with one glitter letter on it, spelling DAVIDS ROCK (that is plural davids - as in Archulette and Cook, in case you don't know).   Every so often, one of them would yell out, "1, 2, 3..." and then they'd all scream "We Love You David" in their highest, shriekiest voices.  (At least the 1,2,3 gave us fair warning to cover our ears.)  Next to me was a 14 year old girl going through the most painful awkward stage, accompanied by her mother who is still going through that awkward stage some 30 years later.  The two of them screamed their lungs out every time David Archulette was even eluded to.  The pandemonium that went on when he actually came to the stage was unworldy.   

But that is just the side show.  Here is my review for anyone who dares to admit that they watch the show and is interested in my thoughts.  Each Top 10 idol gave a mini concert of 3 songs except for Archuletta who sang 4 and Cook who sang 5.  

Chikezie, Ramiel, and Ayesha were boring.  The crowd put up with them in order to see the good stuff.

Kristy Cook did her best to do a moving performance of God Bless the USA which was very exciting for the 5 Republicans in the audience.   The applause for her entire performance was weak, at best.  Republican/Country/Patriot is not a good vibe for the Bay Area.  Not because we aren't patriots, but because most of those songs have been high jacked by the right wingers.  Yawn.  Next, please.

Michael Johns is the real deal.  He is every bit as gorgeous and sexy live as he was on tv.  He not only has a beautiful, raw voice, he is a great entertainer and show man.   He knows how to interact with the crowd.  I would pay to see him perform solo.  Interestingly, it was the adults who seemed to connect more with him than the teens.  I guess that explains his surprise elimination from the show.

Brooke White is as likable on stage as she is on TV.  I love her barefoot performances and truth be told, as my friend Judy says, I just want to be her.  

Jason Castro, sweet, mellow, Jason Castro.  He was the surprise stand out of the evening.  I always liked him but his live performance was outstanding.  And his presence is exactly as you'd expect.  I think he smoked a few joints just before performing, came out, did his thing, gave us a few "dudes" and off he went.  It was perfect.  

If anyone else could have possibly won the Idol competition, it was Carly Smithson.  That woman is fan-freaking-tastic.  She absolutely brought the house down.  Her talent is immense.  I want to hang out with her.  She might even talk me into getting a little tattoo.

David Archuletta rose up from underneath the stage sitting at his piano.  His presence seemed different somehow, more mature, more confident, than last we saw him.  I leaned over to Aaron and whispered, "I think David had sex!"  But by the second song, he was back to the cute, awkward David the girls know and love.  Lots of "oh my gosh" and "aww, shucks" moments.   I have read that the reason he loves singing is because he can express himself in songs in a way that he isn't able to in words.  That is certainly true of watching him perform.  His voice is pure velvet, gorgeous.  I find myself feelings motherly and protective of him and hope that the hollywood beast doesn't change him.  

Then, for the show's finale.  David Cook.  Clearly, the best person won the Idol competition.  His voice, his songs, his performances were fantastic.  He commanded the stage, when singing and when interacting with the crowd, and was absolutely the front man for the Idol concert.  I love to watch him, just thinking about how one year ago he was a regular guy, bartending and trying to pick up gigs now and then.  Now he is a confident, seasoned pro.  I could have listened to more and more from him.  

So - there you have it.  Anyone up for joining me next year??


Laurel said...

What an awesome gift!!

S@L said...

That sounds like so much fun, Meegs. I wish I could have been there to people-watch with you. :-)