Elton John helped put Idol in perspective
This was a busy week for Idol. Three group songs for the contestants, two venues for the director, countless celebrities for the agents and enough video clips to keep the editors busy for months. At home on the couch, I felt exhausted.
During the season I can't recall ever not sleeping well. I was so tired at the end of each day -- and we didn't have all the gimmickry of today's Idol. These guys must be going out of their minds.
What a whirlwind. They were all so normal a few months ago and now celebrity run-ins are commonplace. It's a weird transition, I think. I remember being totally aware of the whole Hollywood world but never expecting to be a part of it. Then, suddenly I'm on a national TV show, jamming with music icons and shlepping it up with celebrities. It came so fast I was numb.
Then, months later, while getting ready to take off on a plane, I had a poignant moment as I looked out the window at the airplane in the neighboring terminal. There was a huge picture of Elton John on the tail of the aircraft and I was thinking, "I hung out with that guy." I think having your face on a plane puts you on the "holy s---t!" list and that finally put things into perspective for me.
Perspective on his iconic status, that is. I've never been much of a celebrity watcher or overly concerned about anything that was beyond my immediate circle of influence. But, that was really cool.
There have been a lot of cool guests on the roster the last couple of seasons. Quincy Jones is someone I really admire. I wasn't overly thrilled by the group number he wrote, but it had some interesting changes and rhythms.
With all the guests tonight, they squeezed a ton of people on the bill and really short-changed the viewers, I thought. Going through the whole charade of having a results show was so unnecessary with no one actually being eliminated and so much else going on.
But at least, I guess, one happy contestant gets another week's pay.
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Jon Peter Lewis was a finalist on the third season of "American Idol." His newly released debut album, "Stories From Hollywood," is available everywhere online and can also be downloaded at americanidol.com. Visit Jon's Web site for more.