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John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV

Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Yo, Dog, American Idol Is Back

Yo, Dog! I forgot how much I missed hearing Randy Jackson calling everyone Dog on "American Idol." I'm glad it's back.

I thought the first hour has been a little slow. The big change this year, to me, is doing touchy-feely profiles on the bad singers, as well as the good ones. That way you can't tell if the person is gonna suck or not. However, I'm guessing that the bad singers who got extra special treament -- the Philadelphia tour guide and the girl from Allentown with the big star ear rings and silver eye shadow -- didn't realize they were advancing through the auditions, and given screen time, so Fox could showcase how awful they sang. Maybe that's why the dude with the baritone monatone and Alexis Cohen from Allentown were so shocked or upset that they weren't going to Hollywood.

The best part so far has been the "I Love Rock & Roll" montage of bad singers. Honestly, I've always enjoyed the first weeks of "American Idol" because it's so funny, because the singers were so horrendous. Tonight wasn't as much fun, because there were fewer singers? Producers might think we'll enjoy this mix more, but I'll probably watch less. I just want some good laughs. (William Hung, where are you?) I wait until the Hollywood round, or the Final 12, to get invested in the good singers.

Did you enjoy the "American Idol" premiere?


at 1/16/2008 8:57 AM Anonymous rms said...

I may be in the minority, but this show just seems like an old cliche anymore. Same old, same old...

I like any of these reality shows for the first season or two; then they just flog them to death.

at 1/16/2008 9:10 AM Blogger Jackal said...

MAKE me care about the early rounds of American Idol. Why would I want to listen to bad singers? Why would I want to watch B-list celebrities treat people like dirt, even if they ARE bad singers?

I don't get it, and I'm clearly in the minority, but I won't be watching Idol til Hollywood. Wake me when the talent competition starts.

at 1/16/2008 3:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i enjoyed it but there should be more's just a relief there is actually something quality to watch from now until may

at 1/17/2008 11:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmmmm. I posted an earlier reply, which appears to have disappeared.

I didn't watch AI either night. I watched dvd re-runs of The Andy Griffith Show, and the Alamo with John Wayne. I am with jackal, I don't care what Paula, Randy, or Simon have to say about the next William Hung. After him, the rest were all staged anyway.

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