22 May 2008

Idol FInale: My Take (It or Leave It)

Yesterday was all kinds of screwed up for me. I wasn't at work most of the day because I had to be at home waiting for National Grid to come install a new gas meter at my house. Their window for when I should be home? Noon to six. Thanks for narrowing that down, guys, thanks a lot. At first I was all annoyed about it, but then it occurred to me that I would have to be at home. By myself. Just waiting around.

Oh, darn.

I haven't had that much alone time at home in a good long while, and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I neglected to do a few of the things I had meant to do, such as blog about Idol. So here are my belated thoughts.

The Davids were my favorites for most of the season. (Well, them and Hottie McHotterson, Michael Johns, but alas, we had to say goodbye too soon.) I was ultra-excited about the finale because never in my Idol-watching career have my two faves gone head-to-head at the end.

I really enjoyed Tuesday's show. I thought that Clive Davis picked great songs for both contestants and loved both of their first performances. Here's my question, though: why can't the contestants ever pick good songs for themselves? When they are given the choice of anything—anything!—they want to sing, I find that they usually make odd and poor choices. What gives? That's my long-winded, semi-rhetorical way of saying that I thought the second two performances were not as strong for either of the D's, although I did love hearing Little D do "Imagine" again.

So after the show, I was sure that David A. was going to win. I thought he had stronger performances overall and was guaranteed such a slew of teenage girl voters that he had it clinched. I think both contestants were—are—equally talented in different ways, but I thought that Archuleta had it all sewn up.

Last night, I settled in with some friends for lots of food (spinach/artichoke dip, Chinese, cookies, ice cream, Gio's Soon-to-Be-Famous Spiked Strawberry Lemonade) and had a blast watching last night's results show. The highlight was David Cook's Guitar Hero ad. Awesome. Low point: that endless, dirge-like, George Michael song. Good lord that song was BORING. And those glasses! He looked like some kind of fly. Amanda Overmyer was also a lowlight. In all of the group performances, she looked so pissed off about the drudgery of having to appear on the results show. Boo-hoo for her. 

Of course the real highlight was when it was announced that David Cook had won. I was truly surprised, and excited, and he looked so genuinely overwhelmed and happy. I love that his mom and brother came up on stage, and how clearly thrilled he was to see his family. And I love the confetti that comes out of the ceiling! I know that sounds goofy, but it's so fun! 

And now, no more Idol until January. Boo-hoo. Alas, 'twas a great way to end Season 7, I have to say.

16 comments:

What A Card said...

But SYTYCD starts tonight, which should fill the void of Idol. Hopefully :) Missed you guys last night. My boys were being insane and I almost was tempted to run away for drinks at your house.

Mimi said...

Did you happen to notice at the end, when David was performing behind the judges' table, and his mom was looking up at him with such adoration, and his brother mouthed to the camera, proudly, "That's my brother." Didn't your heart just want to burst? *Sigh*

Giovanna said...

what makes me laugh about the whole Amanda Overmeyer thing is:
She will have to do that many many many many more times on tour!
Now she's really pissed!
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bg's Little Sis said...

I loved it too, I was so happy he won, glad you had a good time and some alone time as well:)

Laura ~Peach~ said...

this was the best final show ever ... george michal... sucked...to think i used to like him...this was the only year that I really did not care which one won, both were awesome and both will make it out in the world i believe!
great review.
overmeyer did suck, half the time when she was supposed to be singing her mic was at her side...

Karyn said...

I'm happy to say I actually watched Idol last night, knowing you'd write about it today... Loved it! I may have to watch next year... My highlight was seeing Robert Downey, Jr. as a pip (love him!).

doctorsquared said...

I will miss Idol (especially David Cook), but I am SOOO psyched to start the SYTYCD season, I'm almost okay with the loss of my Tuesday night running companion...

Snickollet said...

Karyn--

Robert Downey Jr. was absolutely a highlight! I forgot about that. Hilarious.

-snick

Ragtop Day said...

I love David Cook, and was happy he won. I just hope he is able to make the AI machine work for him, and not become tied down by it. That was my only thought leading up to last night that it wouldn't be so bad if he lost. Also, I loved when he sang "Sharp Dressed Man" with ZZ Top!

Becky said...

At first I was really surprised, but now I realize that David Cook had to win to help Idol survive. If David A had won, he wouldn't have sold any records, and the show risked turning into a teeny-bopper show. The only way David A can be successful, IMHO, is as a Hannah Montana type of teen star. He's too awkward to be a real pop star. They both seem really nice, though.

I think Amanda looked less pissed off and more just uncomfortable. She looked really awkward during the group numbers.

The Whitsitt Family said...

I've been waiting for your Idol recap post, LoL. Yay, I am so glad David Cook won!!! I actually voted close to 50 times, but I knew it was going to be close. My home town finally has a claim to fame. I hope he goes far under the AI contract.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice how Paula got up and danced her hiney off during every performance, and then when Carrie Underwood performed, she sat very still in her seat...hmm..maybe she just doesn't like country music.

I was also surprised and very pleased that David C won. I'm pretty sure it was the first time I cried for the winner.

I thought it was sweet how he kept grabbing David A and squeezing him close to him during the final song, but David A looked like he wanted to run away and cry.

Amnesia said...

I cannot even say this out loud, but I didn't watch AI last week or this week. I know, I know... sad. But Todd is out of town, and the girls are all kinds of needy and the twins are ALWAYS NEEDY. And they are climbing effing window sills and getting up at 5am and not sleeping at night, and oh dear god, I could go on and on and on...but I will stop...because I am annoying myself!

I wish I lived near you and Gio - it would be so much more fun to watch AI with friends who understand they whole "my twins are killing me" dynamic.

buddha_girl said...

I so still haven't been hooked by the Idol bug enough to start watching it, but I always look forward to your editorials!

As for the confetti - I liken stuff like that to New Years Eve in Times Square. I was there in 1994 and can still remember the confetti being shot out of cannons from the tops of the buildings. Cripes! Good times!

OTRgirl said...

Catching up now that I have a computer again...I loved your post about the decision to have the twins. Beautifully written!

I agree on Idol. I was happy to find out that JetBlue has those little individual TVs on the seats, so I got to watch the finale live. I thought it was so cool that David C wept after the announcement. I loved that he pulled everyone around him in the end. That he refused to hog the 'glory'. All of that added to my respect for him.

RaJen said...

HOLY CRAP!!! I friggin' LOOOOOOOVVVEEEEE American Idol! It is a long season, this time between Finale and January. I found you through HDYDI (I'm a contributing author, too) and feel like I've just found a long lost sister with the love for AI! Let's do keep in touch for next season. 08.14.08