American Idol: The Final Showdown
My favorite thing about the Idol finale isn't the performances, but playing "Where's Waldo?" with the random B-list celebrities in attendance. My question is, why do some of them get their names closed captioned while others do not? And, who was the nitwit that mistakenly identified Tori Spelling as one of "Taylor's Family & Friends"?
I have to admit that I wasn't really excited about tonight...
The performance portion of the American Idol finale always feels a lot like the first 10 minutes of the Super Bowl, over-indulgent and over-hyped. I'm reserving all my emotions for the last 10 minutes of tomorrow night's overly drawn-out results show. I will be ecstatic if Taylor, Sir Goofball, defies all odds and takes this thing. And I will be shattered if Katharine manages to become the 800th-millionth-gazillionth attractive female (er, minus Fantasia) to win this thing. Hey, remember in Season 2 when a fat, black guy and a skinny, white dork made it to the finale? That was awesome! That is what American Idol is all about -- the underdogs.
I know I should stop whining, but I'm not ready to. I really wish it was Chris and Taylor in the finale. I'm not ready to let that go yet. Yeah, yeah, yeah ... Katharine can sing, she's beautiful, and she was "born to do this." So what? As far as I'm concerned, perfect people were for Star Search. American Idol is for the flawed rejects. I think that's why so many of the previous Idols have been from the South, and not from New York or LA. Because America wants to root for the underdogs, for people that have been rejected time and time before.
I like Katharine, but it all seems so contrived. She's from LA, the voice coach mom, the sobbing dad. It just bores me. But Taylor. He's a big ball of wrong, and somehow it makes it all right. He's tubby. Gray haired. Goofy. He's got a constipated look about him, and yet I suspect that he's completely regular. If I ran into Taylor at the grocery store, he'd be buying macaroni and cheese, but would not have the gallon of milk at home that would permit him to cook and enjoy said treat. I think he's the type of guy that dons a Santa hat the day after Thanksgiving and rarely removes it through the month of December. Without a doubt, he has farted and blamed it on the family dog. He's the type of guy that uses hugs as currency.
I just like the guy, and I want him to win. Is he a better singer than Katharine? No. Is he a better entertainer? Absolutely. If the foreign press ran an article on Taylor proclaiming him the new American Idol, would the rest of the world snicker and think, "Stupid Americans. Look at this jackass"? Without a doubt, and that's what I love about him. I voted for Taylor not because of the performances tonight, but because I just like who he is, and how unlikely it was that he made it this far. It didn't seem fair to bring this underdog all the way to the big show, and just leave him tied to a tree outside.
I want Taylor to win. I hope he wins.