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I have nothing against Danny Gokey or Adam Lambert. They seem like swell guys, and for the first time in several Idol seasons, the Top 3 are all pretty talented performers.

But something hit me tonight: I’m a little bit over Adam Lambert. He’s got a killer “rock voice” so to speak, but the screeching is just getting old. Ya know what he reminds me of? That band, The Darkness. Remember them? They sang, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love.” The glam style, the voice, the over-the-top performances, but they kind of got old. Can you imagine listening to an entire album of Adam’s? Oh gees  I think I would crumble under the redundancy.

Now the musical taste is just this woman’s opinion, but I have another reason not to support Mr. Lambert tonight: He’ll do better on his own. He needs to be able to make a signature “Adam” album with strong producers and a label that can market him effectively. The folks at American Idol may not be able to do that. He has the talent to work with the best and he needs to find them. He won’t be able to once he’s locked in.

And Gokey has some nice pipes too. Maybe not my cup of tea but like Lambert,  I can understand the appeal. I think for a church boy out of Milwaukee, second place would be a pretty awesome finish. I hope he records a solid pop album and also has the freedom to get back to his roots and do gospel music, as it seems to suit his voice and his interests. Do I see him winning the competition? Not this one, but I think he might’ve pulled it off in a different season.

I’m throwing my three phone in votes behind Kris Allen tonight. He’s nothing too special, just a easy-on-the-eyes white guy with a strong voice, however, I think he’s the perfect “winner” for this show. He’s a marketer’s dream, his music will be radio friendly, Mom’s like him, teen girls want to hang him on the wall, and without this competition his music might have been relegated to coffee shops or the occasional birthday serenade for his wife. If the show is looking for an amateur to become a star, then I think they found him.

All that being said, I think it will be a great finale regardless of the results tomorrow. It’s nice to seem some stiff competition this close to the end.

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It’s Wednesday. Paula Abdul is performing on the Idol Stage. Hilarious. Pyrotecnics were involved.

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I’m on an American Idol high right now. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say history was made tonight, and I am thankful. This show keeps finding ways to keep me coming back. Some ways are easier on the eyes than others.

Let’s get to it!

  • Someone finally had the brillz idea of remaking the Golden Girls...in Turkey no less. Now not only do they have delicious kabobs, but a foreign version of Blanche. Can life get any better?
  • When you’re the kind of guy who makes his own Kenny Powers jersey, getting arrested was sort of bound to happen. And sidenote: Eastbound & Down got picked up for another season. Fuckin’ right!
  • Speaking A-List, the 2nd Annual A-List Awards are on tonight. They’re essentially a 90 minute commercial for Bravo, but I might watch just for Kathy Griffin. Her special tonight was aces!
  • Guess where season 8 of 24 is taking place? Memphis! I kid, it’s New York. But wouldn’t it be a lot funnier in Memphis? He’d have to deal with a slower pace of life, and he’d have to learn how to shoot a gun with BBQ hands.
  • Nadya Suleman may have made her best decision yet. She is getting a TV deal, but it’s going to be documentary style instead of a reality show. Cameras will follow her family just six times a year instead of constantly. They’re going to follow the family until the kids are 18. In the spirit of full disclosure: I will have a hard time not watching these specials…every single time.
  • Everyone’s favorite Governor, Rod Blagojevich is headed to jungle…for a reality show. That was a mighty fast plummet.
  • And my non-TV related Link of the Week: Rainn Wilson twittered about this band like an hour agao and I’m already into them. It’s Balthrop, Alabama everybody. Prepare to fall in love with Pop music again.

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The “Seriously Adam Lambert? Really?” Edition

  • Speaking of which, Scandalist put together 5 covers of “Ring of Fire” better than his last night.
  • In other Idol chatter, check out some of Paula Abdul’s “poetry.” I thought she’d gone of the deep end this year but it turns out she’s always been this way.
  • Seth Rogen may host SNL in April. Sweet! BTW did you catch SNL on Saturday? Tracy Morgan did a great job and we saw the triumphant return of Astronaut Jones. No new clip, I’m making do with the old ones.
  • Guess who signed on to do a cameo on The Cleveland Show? Sir Kanye!
  • And finally, my favorite non-TV related link of the week: Scanwiches I’ve yet to meet a food Tumblr I didn’t like.

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According to Reality Blurred, American Idol may finally take a dramatic shift for the better. Beginning this season, the judges may be given veto power.  They may have one opportunity to overrule the audience vote to save a contestant from elimination.

Idol producer Ken Warwick spoke with Seacrest on his radio show to discuss a new format revaled tonight. He was pretty mum on the details but his clues were enough for a little sleuthing.

“We’ve talked about doing something about it–in fact, we tried it in another country, to see if it would work first, we tried it in France–and it does work, so we’re going to put that to work tonight.”

Reality Blurred did a little digging and discovered the latest rule change to French Idol (awesomely called Nouvelle Star) was the veto rule.

I think this is great news. Losing the talented folks too soon has been one of the biggest problems plaguing American Idol. Imagine if Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, Latoya London or anyone who went ome before Sanjaya got a second chance.

All the deets about the new format will be revealed tonight. I can’t wait. Finally a reason to watch the results show.

Now if only the producers over at Idol would take my other suggestion and allow viewers at home to cast votes against people. I would’ve been on the phone all night. 3 negative votes=1 positive vote. Now that’s a competition!

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Who had a good week? Let’s find out.

  • Celebrity Apprentice 2: CA2 was probably the funniest two hours of television I watched this week. It was unintentionally awesome. I love it when C-List celebrities (and a few heavy hitters) come together to make asses of themselves and pretend to apply business knowledge to absurd situations. Shot-out to Annie Duke and Tom Green for knowing how to work the game. It’s never about the actual challenges folks, it’s who you know in the New York area who feels like giving you $10,000.
  • Matt Giraud: I am a huge MG fan. He’s an awesome piano player, sounds a little like Justin Timberlake, hails from the Midwest and he’s easy on the eyes. I was pleased to him go through to the American Idol Top 13 this week. Step 2: Get behind a piano and stay on the show for awhile.
  • Jimmy Fallon: I didn’t think he could pull it off but his Late Night With Jimmy Fallon debut was surprisingly good. He seemed a bit tense on Monday but every episode is getting a bit better. Once he settles into a rhythm I think he’ll do well. Miss the show this week? You can catch them on Hulu. Might I suggest the episode with Tina Fey. You know who I’m a little worried about? The Roots. Their interludes left a bit to be desired. I love their music so that was disheartening. I’m holding out hope. Creating hundreds of brand new songs will wear on anyone.

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Do you realize how much good TV comes on Wednesdays? Wednesday is my new Thursday. Booya.

  • A bunch of analog stations switched over to digital yesterday ahead of the new deadline. So far the FCC is reporting very few issues. Sidenote: A kid I work with just submitted his application for a converter box. I asked him “What took you so long?” He said, “I didn’t know anything about it.” If you don’t watch enough TV to hear about the digital transition, I think it’s okay if we transition without you.
  • Amy Poehler’s new show, Parks & Recreation,  started filming today! Color me geeked! Kristin Dos Santos has an interview with the star herself.
  • Angela Kinsey (Angela from The Office) and her husband Warren Lieberstein have separated. If the name Lieberstein sounds familiar, it’s because Warren is Paul Lieberstein’s (aka Toby Flenderson) brother.
  • I think a recession era economy, novelty shoes should be the first things to go. Check out these Family Guy and Fresh Prince insprired sneakers.
  • Speaking of late night music, U2 is going to perform on Lettermanfor a straight week. I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t sound appealing to me.
  • Speaking of LOST, it better watch it’s back. It’s losing viewers every week and it will have to compete with American Idol starting in March.
  • After 19 seasons The Simpsons got brand new opening titles. It’s the same general theme but we get to see a lot more of our town favorites. There’s also a few homages to past episodes in there.
  • Guess which washed up early 90’s rapper is getting a TV show? MC Hammer. I know, I was hoping for Snow too.
  • Tracy Morgan’s apartment caught fire due to a busted light in a fish tank. Surprisingly the fish were okay, as were the rest of the folks in his building.

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