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"Idol" Time

January 17, 2008 - Phyllis Sigal
I had decided to forego this new season of "American Idol." I had decided to purge this particular show from my weekly TV menu, which right now includes "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy." Oh, and my latest obsession, "What Not to Wear." And "Lost" is about to start up again on Jan. 31.

In fact, "Idol" was actually on in another room the other night. I tried not to listen to that catchy music that plays as we head into a commercial. I tried not to think about Ryan Seacrest's favorite line ... "after the break ..." I was trying to tell myself that I really don't like those first few shows where they humiliate people. (And I really do get upset when they make someone cry.)

So on Tuesday night, I read a book.

But then on Wednesday, a co-worker told me to watch the YouTube piece on "The Stalker" ... Paul Mosherano, who wrote a "love song" for judge Paula Abdul. He was pretty darn creepy as he sang about breaking into her house and following her around, rhyming way too many works with "stalker." Security eventually escorted him out.

And that's all it took. I was hooked again.

Wednesday night? I ignored the book that was calling from my night stand and instead watched all those poor people embarrass themselves. Some, however, were pretty good!

So, here's my take on the Dallas auditions: The former drug addict has a good shot (and it brought tears to my eyes when she got her golden ticket!); the singing waitress should not be serving up songs with the sandwiches; the pretty newlywed is lucky her professional model husband loves her; the guy with the cape? well ... he was interesting; "never-kissed-a-girl" guy was a bit strange; I loved the chick with the short orange hair and am looking forward to hearing more from her; I thought the farmer was pretty cute, but I don't think his voice will take him too much beyond the next step; I think the contestants should not try to emulate previous American Idol winners — everyone wants to be Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson; I was glad they were nice to the roller coaster guy.

So, any comments out there?

And now I can't wait until next week!


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