Friday, March 30, 2007

Chris Sligh Doesn't Find the Magic (American Idol 6 review)

If you ever happen to take a moment to look over the profiles of the finalists on the official American Idol Page you might be struck by the same thing I was. An awful lot of the contestants mention God rather prominently and most plan to thank God if they happen to win. Not a single one of them wants to thank America, the ingrates. No wonder that family wanted Simon Cowell to go back to French.

Melinda Doolittle and Haley Scarnato mention God repeatedly. Jordin Sparks and Chris Sligh were a bit lower key about it, but have made their beliefs clear in other ways. This led me to ask what role God really plays in the show. Is it more or less like saying “World Peace” in Miss America?

It does make sense to me, God’s second commandment is “Thou shalt not worship false idols,” so he/she clearly has a strong interest in helping to ensure that America picks the right one. It did strike me as a bit odd that Chris Sligh who also serves as a youth minister and whose preferred musical genre is “Christian Rock” got voted off the show before say Sanjaya Malakar singing about “Bathwater.” I mean if God has so much to say about the outcomes each Wednesday, What was up with that?

Clearly, I could not answer these questions on my own lowly spiritual level, so I sent an e-mail to the archangel Gabriel (sorry it’s a private e-mail address) who is reputed to have a very strong interest in music. I was a little shocked to start getting text messages not from Gabriel, but from God himself.

God: So Gabriel sent me your shout out from his page and for now I have you on my friends list.

I dropped to my knees immediately and began confessing.

CL: I really shouldn’t have lied about where I was that night. I was young, but it was still wrong…

God: You want to confess, go to church or something. I thought you wanted to talk about American Idol.

CL: Sorry, I’m pretty bewildered here. Text messages, What happened to the burning bush and hearing voices?

God: Al Gore helped us with something called Ether-Mail back when he invented the Internet. It keeps an Akashik record. I can send messages to multiple people. You wouldn’t believe some of the confusion we had with the old system. Look at what happened to Lot’s wife. No way that had to happen. Lot just didn’t believe it was really me and as I think about it, who can blame him? So many things, I might have done differently. I mean I probably didn’t have to torture Job for 720 years just to win a bet with Satan. A hundred and seventy five would have been plenty. You realize that after I restored everything to him three fold all the warranties had expired and the community property laws had changed?

By the way, that ten commandments font I'm using is pretty cool. You think?

CL: But, you’re texting me? What’s that mean? I’m no saint.

God: Hey whoa! I talk to everyone. Don’t get any ideas there. That’s how the Taiping rebellion started and don’t even get me started on Joseph Smith or Mary Baker Eddy. Btw, I sound and look nothing like George Burns.

CL: But shouldn’t we be texting about the end of days or something? American Idol is just a tv show.

God: You remember in Genesis where it says “On the seventh day I rested.” Enough with this work ethic stuff, I need time off. Gabriel’s into music, so we watch the show two nights a week. We don’t watch the auditions though, way too mean spirited. I hear that Lucifer likes them. Anyway, next week is tough, the Bachelor starts and I really don’t have time for both shows.

CL: Okay, as long as you’re not going to smote me or anything. I’m honored to be texting you about the show.

God: Well, you came recommended by Elvis.

CL: So why Chris Sligh?

God: Hey, you want to hear a joke?…..St. Peter calls Sigmund Freud up to see me. Freud’s happy to get out of hell where he spends the eternity being tantalized by pictures of his mother while she yells at him about what a stupid idea penis envy was. Anyway, he gets up here and says, “But why does God need a psychoanalyst?”

Peter says, “Well to be honest Dr. Freud, he’s having delusions of grandeur.”

Freud scratches his head for a moment, pulls out a cigar, then asks,”How could God possibly have delusions of grandeur?”

Peter shrugs and points him to this room where I’m sitting at the end of a long table with three chairs. Freud says “The Last Supper?”

“No, way worse than that. He thinks he’s Simon Cowell.”

(pause) Hey, you’re not laughing.

CL: Honestly, I thought it was funny, but I don’t always laugh at loud at text jokes.

God: Look, it’s me. I can look into your heart. You’re not laughing.

CL: Well, maybe it was the timing.

God: I’ll work on it. Henny Youngman and his wife have been asking for a better room, maybe he can help.

CL: I always kind of liked Lenny Bruce’s timing.

God: I’m sorry. I felt bad for Lenny too and I liked Bob Fosse’s movies, but he just didn’t meet the standards to get in here. Richard Pryor’s here though.

CL: I guess while we’re at it…Is it true what they say about Milton Berle?

God: Oy….some stories just won’t die. Boy, you get text messages from me and you want to talk about stuff like that?

I cross myself.

CL: Okay, let’s talk about what you want to talk about.

God: You know what a Pharisee is?

CL: Were they a doo wop group at the end of the fifties?

God: Everyone’s a comedian these days.

CL: But how was my timing?

God: Okay, Chris Sligh’s rhythm was off. Paula was right, he’s ahead of the beat, but that’s not what happened to him. He’s a nice fellow….It’s certainly not like I didn’t like the guy. Look at the wife.

CL: But, Chris said Jesus was his biggest inspiration.

God: Yeah, but that Ponyhawk was pretty awesome. That kid Sanjaya’s awfully entertaining. You know as much as Sligh talked about “beating the system”, Sanjaya figured out how to get more out of less.

CL: But he can’t sing that well.

God: You think I care. I hear the music of the heart anyway. You saw how he handled his sister. I’m not a big Diana Ross fan, but she said “Sanjaya is love.” That’s all good with me. And I like looking at my creations sometimes, so I helped keep Haley on the show.

CL: Does this mean that you’re male? The Wiccans are really going to be disappointed.
Btw, what’s up with Haley dressing like that and talking about praying all the time?
God: Look, you’re sweating the small stuff there. It was fun, maybe you don’t have to analyze everything. You have to understand that I’m sort of beyond gender…..You humans are always trying to anthropomorphize me. I have to say I kind of like the way the Qu’ran does me.

CL: Whoa!!!! You telling me that you’re the same God?

God: Abraham, Moses, Noah, Jesus….they’re both sure there’s only one of me. You connect the dots.

CL: But why do you let people kill each other over those dots?

God: I’d love to talk about that stuff some time, but maybe we should get back to Chris Sligh. Yes, the rhythm was a problem, but it was the Simon thing.

CL: Il Divo and Teletubbies?

God: No, that was sort of funny. People don’t get the fact that it might have been a mistake, but we all make mistakes. It’s always the cover up that gets people.

CL: I guess I shouldn’t ask about the U.S. Attorney thing.

God: yeeesh…..Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but that entire administration is run by Pharisees. They run around telling everyone that they believe in me and want to enforce all the written rules even the ones that aren’t really written, but you look in their hearts and yikes! Sometimes, I tell myself this “Free will” business was not such a good idea.

CL: I wish you’d talk more in public about this stuff.

God: I wish people would listen with their hearts more when I do.

CL: So, you didn’t like something about the way Sligh apologized?

God: He said he didn’t disrespect Simon with the remark. It was a lie. He was doing exactly that. In that moment, it was more important to Chris Sligh to stay on the show than to show real integrity. After that, instead of being the jester, he tried to act all humble and I’m not sure he really was.

CL: So it didn’t matter that he told the world that he’s your servant.

God: You know the debate in Galatians about deeds vs. professions of faith.

CL: Well, to be honest….

God: Paul was really dealing with the question of whether you had to be Jewish first in order to be Christian and I think the underlying circumcision debate was a false dichotomy. Both matter, but what’s in your heart matters even more.

CL: Wow…Chris Sligh is going to hell for that?

God: Whoa, whoa… no way. He’s going home and I hope coming home to me. He has a lovely wife, a band. He may even learn to sing in rhythm. He just lost his way on the show, so he needs to test himself again. Besides, he just didn’t sing all that memorably. (in a British accent) After all, it is about the music.

CL: Wow, how’d you do an accent in a text message?

God: It's too bad really. You know for the End World Hunger night, I was thinking of turning over the original musical settings for King David's Psalms. Now, that would have been the bomb, Dawg!

CL: You talk to Nigel Lythgoe?

God: Where do you think this Idol Cares stuff came from?

CL; But how do you know Nigel?

God: I shouldn't be telling you this, but Satan's the silent partner in 19E....You know I was going to be on the show for Songs of Inspiration Theme Night.

CL: Now that would really have been hot.

God: was too bad Bono insisted on top billing. Maybe next year.

CL: (laughing) Now, that time your timing was perfect.

God: Before you get any ideas, I really don’t mess with the show. He did it to himself. Gabriel and I do vote though. Last year, busy signals all the time. This year, it’s much better.

CL: If you didn’t vote for Chris? Can I ask who you two are voting for?

God: (an MP3 ring tones of "Heaven Knows" mysteriously begins playing on my cell) I really shouldn’t say.

CL: About this global warming thing.

God: Sorry, not my doing and yes this sunspot business is silly. Mandisa wasn’t my doing either last year by the way.

CL: I hate to say this, but I don’t have an unlimited text messaging plan. It was good chatting with you.

God: Cya….but, one little bit of advice CL.

CL: I’m all eyes.

God: It’s just a tv show. You don’t have to write these reviews every week. No one pays you. Maybe cook dinner for the wife instead. Go for a walk. Help out a little bit. Think about what really matters and live your life accordingly.

I wanted to type “You’re not the boss of me,” but all I could do was nod.

The below are strictly my thoughts.

Phil Stacy- This is the third time I’ve said that he sang pretty well. Why is it that I don’t particularly want him on the show anymore? He’s sort of the singing equivalent of a utility infielder who gets into the lineup and gets two hits. End of the season, he’s still a utility infielder.

Lakisha Jones- The time scale of this show is really weird. Simon said she lost 30 years this week. He was exactly right. With Donna Summer, she went all the way from 1950 to 1980….That’s still 25 years ago.

Gina Glocksen- I liked what she did with Chrissie Hynde. Outfit looked like a background dancer from a 1980’s mtv video.

Gwen Stefani- I swear she was lip synching. My wife kept saying, “Wow, a Madonna copy.” Wasn’t Akon almost the same staging as Shakira and Wyclef Jean in almost exactly the same week as last year? As weak as the idols are sometimes, it’s weird how many of them actually sing better than the guest judges.

Chris Richardson- they give him the entire Ford commercial, the anchor spot, Chris Daughtry’s guitar player, and the camera always just manages to find him when he’s being nice to the other contestants. What’s going on here?

Blake Lewis- Paula said “finale”. I really wanted the camera to show Lakisha’s face at that moment. The judges keep making it sound like the winner is a foregone conclusion. They also said Jordin might break into the final two. Sanjaya can’t be that great that no one else seriously has a chance. This is the other guy who clearly out –strategized the Fro Patro guy. Of course Chris Sligh’s other problem was that when he figured out how to get his 15 minutes on the show, he just didn’t deliver. Blake Lewis has.

Jordin Sparks- The schoolgirl outfit was a bit weird and I’m not sure that “Hey Baby” was all that great, but she left “no doubt” that she is the one female contender who actually can do music from the last five years. She’s also the most poised contestant on camera, not just an amazingly poised 17 year old. It’s almost a rarer gift than being able to sing.

I’m thinking somewhere in a church in Greenville, South Carolina in the next couple weeks, the music director might be thinking, “God works in mysterious ways, but when Ryan said I was one of the cleverest contestants ever on the show....that wasn't the message I should have left America with."

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At 3/30/2007 03:36:00 PM, Blogger Sunny said...

Sligh should have gone for the hair tactic harder, could you picture those poodle curls in a Fro-Hawk? In his interview he sounds like a well-grounded, rational, intelligent guy.

Seriously, the way this contrived show is going this season it will be difficult to become surprised at anything that happens.

Regarding Ryan going for that big number, heck, he's as musically entertaining as some of the rest, LOL!

At 3/30/2007 03:46:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Perhaps, his doing the robot and beatboxing with Chris Sligh was just like an appetizer for his big number with Tony Bennet.

Ryan singing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" to Simon would be pretty funny.

At 3/31/2007 06:29:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

This won't be the first or last time I disagree with God. Chancelucky, I want you to be nice to your wife and cook and chaperone the volleyball team but you must also write these reviews. Please don't make me pray.

You should be hosting an after show show.

At 3/31/2007 07:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you weren't already married, and I wasn't already married, I'd marry you. Week after week, you write exactly what I'm thinking, though a lot funnier. I actually made the comment about Kellie getting Carrie's weight when I was watching, and I've been wondering for years what it is with the God thing with these Idols. Your reviews are almost as entertaining as the show, and way more entertaining than results night. I'm not signing my name here because I always forward your reviews to my husband.

At 3/31/2007 10:31:00 AM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

thanks. I'd never be quick enough to do one of those after show commentary things. In fact, I'm often very impressed with how fast Ryan is at times.

I'm sort of worried though. The Bachelor starts next week and I'm very torn about doing 2 reality tv recaps a week.


Many thanks, I'm glad you enjoy the reviews. I'm just worried that your post is a test like that Ruppert Holmes song about the Pina Coladas and Walks in the Rain. Mrs. Chancelucky is smart that way.
Anyway, say hi to Mr. Anonymous.

At 4/01/2007 01:44:00 AM, Blogger benny06 said...

Believe or not, CL, for the first time in the many times you've done some great reviews of the show, I know sorta what you are talking about here.

I'm not familiar with the contestants' bios as you are, so I'm glad for the information. As usual, I'm late to your parties. Sorry!

While I think Simon can be a meanie, unfortunately either for the contestant, me, or him, I end up agreeing with him half the time on the performances of the contestants from this spring. My gut tells me when they do well or don't.

Concerning the "God" topic, stats do show that many Americans profess to having some belief in "God", but the one thing I haven't noticed by the contestants is whether or not they push the Trinity.

At 4/01/2007 08:27:00 AM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Hi Benny,
by trinity, you mean Randy, Paula, Simon or Father, son, holy ghost?

It is interesting that most people think that Simon is usually right.

At 4/01/2007 11:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Moly, CL, I can't believe YOU got all caps and poor ole God Shimself got one measly cap and two lowercase. This is the unHeavenly Realms equivalent of calling Elizabeth2, yo Queenster baby. As your only psychic friend, I fear I see a lightning bolt in YOUR future. (You live, tho singed.) S/he can get Quite Quibbled Up about these Quiddity Issues. Blazing lidless eyes and writhing serpents for hair & so4th. S/he Is S/he and lest you forget how S/he gratuitously done unto Job. (S/he actually allowed a Religion to be invented to cover up -- to Justify -- He/r Frequently Shameful Behavior. S/he needs to go to a Cosmic Anger Management Class. S/he could take Mr. Bush along as a footwasher -- he's getting odiously Godiose earthside.)

Luckily, as an anti-theist, I get to gambol out in a thunderstorm and exult.

Mrs. CL has to share you with Your Public. Send for some yummy take-out and buy her flowers. Flowers always work. (Trader Joes has amazing flamboyant bunches of tender & colorful protestations of affection on the stem at a price an artist can afford.)

If you hold a CL Devotees Vote, my vote is that you do early Idol and continuing quick hits on Idol, but concentrate on Bachelor. As fab as you are on Idol, you do Bachelor excruciatingly well.

At 4/01/2007 12:33:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Thanks MR POGBLOG....

I hadn't noticed what the font was doing. CL was just sort of an acronym and I figured that God shouldn't be all caps, but Google made God smaller than CL....which is a scary thought.

Perhaps, I could do God in Gold and have his/her words in red boldface.

I think the hardest part about covering both shows is just that I'd be in front of a television 3 nights/week.
I'll likely watch the first couple Bachelors and just see how it goes.
At this point, Sanjaya is the most interesting story about this season of AI....I've been really surprised to turn on political talk shows and hear them talk about Sanajaya.

Also based on my hits....I mostly get hits for Sanjaya or Melinda Doolittle. No one else this year comes close.

Even more interesting, I still get way more hits for Elliot Yamin and Kellie Pickler than any of this year's people.

At 4/01/2007 05:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose you could title your article something like Sanjaya Slyly Beats Sligh in order to ride the Sanjaya tsunami.

I still hold out for Bachelor in spite of the ruination it might bring to your life. It's you at your trenchant best.

At 4/01/2007 10:29:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

This Bachelor is in Hawaii so maybe lots of women in bikinis and such...Also the music may be better than Idol. Last season the Bachelor also seemed to have an Idol crossover episode.

I'll know more by the end of this week when we're in Atlanta.


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