American Idol: Four days until season six begins

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Jan 12th 2007 9:21AM
American Idol JudgesOnce upon a time, January was just a long cold month that filled me with regret and longing. I regretted the holiday over-eating and over-spending. And longed for warmer weather and something (anything) to distract me from the bleakness of winter.

In 2003, that all changed. Season 2 of American Idol appeared on the horizon giving me -- and the rest of America -- HOPE. Now, every January, American Idol triumphantly returns with blaring trumpets and great spectacle to awaken the American viewing public out of our winter stupor.

Love it or hate it, American Idol unites us as a country on Tuesday and Wednesday nights (or at least 26 - 35 million of us), even as it allows us to respectfully disagree with one another. It lets us become active participants in a successful television show, instead of just making us passive couch potatoes. It creates sixteen weeks of suspense, drama, comedy, and excitement like no other show. And it sweeps us up in a manic wave of Idol-fueled hysteria that is hard to avoid or miss.

I hope all you dawgs are ready for Simon's crankiness, Paula's crying, Randy's namedropping, and Ryan's smugness. Because in just FOUR short days, AI returns for Season Six with a two-night, four-hour premiere, starting 8 p.m. ET/PT on January 16. It all begins with starry-eyed hopefuls in the Minneapolis auditions on Tuesday , and is followed by the Seattle auditions on Wednesday. I imagine, these auditions will be chock full of delusional, yet entertaining wannabes, along with a couple of truly talented singers. And I can't wait for the fun to begin.

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i can't wait for american idol!

January 13 2007 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

love your show please let me be able to watch this seson and let me not be at work!

January 12 2007 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm just trying to build some excitement here. There will be plenty of time to bash the show, the contestants, and the judges. AI is not high art, but it is fun. As for getting paid from Fox -- only in my wildest dreams.

January 12 2007 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does Fox make the check out to you or to TV Squad?

January 12 2007 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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