When I first met Jordin Sparks ...
I don't know how the show sounded over TV, but it was really good in the Kodak Theatre. And, even though there were some yawn moments, I felt like it was the best show of the year -- a nice recap of the season.
I'm very proud of Jordin. You know how every finale song has some inspirational message about making your dreams come true? Well, I think she is one of the few contestants who could sing that and not be at odds with the songwriting or the sentiments. I have a feeling she won't be one of those who later decides she wants nothing to do with her Idol roots.
She truly has wanted this for a long time. I met her for the first time when she came to a taping of the show at the CBS studio during season three. She was wearing a Jon Peter Lewis T-shirt and was handing out her CD to anybody and everybody. (That's probably where she had her picture taken with the judges before that everyone's talking about.) She gave one to my dad and we listened to it and thought it was pretty good.
When she auditioned for the show, my mom was really excited for her and called me right up to make sure I hadn't forgotten about her. So, anyway, good for her!
The show itself seemed pretty slow at times. I don't know how I feel about the whole "golden Idol" business. It seems pretty goofy to me, but I do like to see highlights from the audition episodes. The long-winded speeches about the greatness of Sony BMG didn't really propel the show along either.
Some of the celebrity guests were stellar, though. I loved seeing Smokey Robinson and Tony Bennett perform. What a pair of class acts. There's something about Tony that just sucks you right in and makes you feel good. Green Day was cool too. It's a shame they weren't really live though. I felt pretty gypped.
I also loved all the Beatles songs during the night. I was so jealous! I was sure Paul McCartney would jump out and join them during the tribute to Sgt. Pepper, but no dice. Still, I love those songs and it's hard to screw up a good song.
All in all it was a nice show. It's been a lot of fun writing these blogs and keeping up with the show. Thanks for your comments and thanks for reading. Thanks again and God bless.
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.