Phillip Phillips: Home - Top 2 - AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 11 (by americanidol)
Ok, American Idol, I have to say, I’m impressed. Finally a potential coronation song that’s actually a decent debut track for a music career—not some forgettable lame-cheesy disaster that everyone wants to forget. Phillips is a lucky man!
For the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve been gobbling up any footage related to American Idol, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. I’ve just been entranced by these 2 musicians, by their talent and strong sense of self, as well as their friendship and their very apparent giving and loving personalities. I’ve really been digging my teeth into everything that might tell me anything about what has shaped their approach to their work and to the people around them.
Kris Allen (on Larry King Live) and Adam Lambert (in post-finale interviews) have repeatedly expressed how they feel the theme of this season (Kris) and what they’ve hoped to stand for (Adam) is the possibility of unity amidst diversity, how friendship transcends differences and how incredibly different individuals can find a place of commonality, can not only get along but love one another. Adam even stated that he and Kris had sought to bring their fans together, rather than divide them. I find that so inspiring and so moving, and cheesy as it may sound, I believe both of them are fast becoming celebrity role models - a species that may have been endangered in recent times, but may arguably be on the rise with figures like Obama coming to prominence.
I know there will be some out there who will scoff my “flimsy”, “fangirl-esque” regard for these entertainment figures, since they are supposedly bankrupt “products” of the commercial machinery of American Idol and the entertainment industry. While I recognise the hand that American Idol has had in their rise to prominence and their development as artistes, they strike me as figures that, thanks to the very premise of the show, are real, everyday people I can genuinely relate to (much more than the likes of other drug-abusing, drink-driving, glitz-fed celebrities out there). Anyone who would come off their high culture horses can see that they embody this down-to-earth, open heart, open mind, humble and thankful attitude to everyone and everything that I’d be proud of being known for some day.
The first time Kris Allen brought out his guitar to perform live for the USA, it was Michael Jackson week, and he sang “Remember the Time”. In the pre-performance clip, he describes how the hardest thing about this competition is being away from his wife, and in the post-performance judges’ comments, Kara reveals that “he spent a lot of time helping the other contestants out this week” with his guitar. Paula adds that “no one knows Michael’s catalog better” than he does.
Sidenote: Ignore Paula + Simon’s not very witty/kind of stomach-turning (in a bad way) banter. Also ignore Simon’s douchebagness about Kris’ wife. Awful. Just awful.
The Top 8 American Idol contestants of Season 8 talk about and show off their signature/favorite dance moves.
As I prowl through these American Idol videos, Matt Giraud makes me so happy with his goofiness. Anoop Desai is a close second.
This should be obvious by now, but just for the record - I’m on an American Idol spree.
How can I not adore a musician who can do justice to the Beatles?