I enjoy watching American Idol for the same reason I USED to enjoy boxing. One on one..you’re out there alone, fighting/singing for your life. Yeah, they have handlers – stylists, cut-men, coaches, corner-men, etc, but when the game is on, they stand alone to face their opponent.
Of course boxing has almost completely collapsed under the weight of corruption and greed by promoters, along with the balkanization of the weight classes and the myriad ‘belt’s in each division. There was a whimper the other night when Oscar De La Hoya fought Floyd Mayweather..it looked like an old-time boxing match, it featured relatively well-known boxers and it was enjoyable to watch*, but in the end, big-time boxing is as moribund as Mike Tyson’s brain.
So, what do we have left – wrestling..fun, but fixed. Ultimate Fighting – maybe for the Gen-X crowd, but too brutal for me. I have to make do with American Idol. Not because I really like the music (at least most of it), but because I love raw competition.
Last night, Melinda took on Whitney Houston and Tina Turner. Not many people can do both of those with so much aplomb and strength and restraint. Melinda knocked it out. She may not win the entire show, but she remains the only Idol contender that would cause me to actually spend money on her CD.
Jordin was good, and at times great, but she doesn’t hold up next to Ms. Doolittle. Jordin may win anyway, because she looks better and is a slightly better stage performer, but in the end, winning a round here or there doesn’t mean you win the fight.
Mr. Blake, he’s dead.
*I watched the replay on HBO..didn’t spring for the 60 bucks. My favorite moment was in between the rounds when Mayweather’s brother (his corner-man) leaned in with a bit of technical advice: “Just, whup his ass, Floyd”.