Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Blake or Jordin?

I didn't watch most of this season's American Idol, only because I wasn't too excited about the line-up. In a way, it became all too predictable. No one should have been surprised by the booting of Melinda Doolittle--the best and most engaging singer of the lot was destined to be voted out. It's happened before so it stands to reason that it would happen again. Plus, none of the remaining 11 could conceivably have been her closest competitor.

In season 3, the diva trio of Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino and LaToya London kept the suspense up. Then there was the tension in season 4 of having Constantine Maroulis and Bo Bice, whose rock music styles went up against country sweetheart Carrie Underwood. Season 5 had Chris Daughtry, Katherine McPhee and Taylor Hicks who had their own astounding tricks up their vocal chords. For this past season, I didn't feel anything.

So a gay forum is a-buzz about Jordin's diva potential and Blake's sex appeal (with focus on a certain part of his anatomy, and it's not his nose), plus their devotion to Melinda. My vote would go to Jordin, because her skill and versatility are more enduring. Blake's beatboxing and smooth showmanship is ripe for commerical packaging, but can only be milked for the short-term. And both of them will get recording deals anyway--being "American Idol" doesn't guarantee you'll sell more than the runners-up.

But then there's that other pressing question: Are Blake and Chris Richardson seeing each other? You somehow get the vibe. Hmmm...

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