Over the next two weeks, when you hear that Romney is a debating machine or that Obama is too smooth to fail, don't listen. We're not looking for the candidate who exceeds expectations. We want the best person for the job. For the electorate, the best way to win the expectation game is not to play.
This week I had the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with four American Idol finalists. I spoke with them about everything from parents to perseverance.
So what makes a great reality judge? Is it the ability to make solid judgments about the contestants? Is it expertise? Flair? An on-stage pet, Cee Lo Green style?
No, I am not the newest member of the American Idol panel, but I will be in search of the best young singers in the U.S. The main difference? I'll be on a steady diet of Rossini, Puccini and Mozart instead of Beyoncé, Daughtry and Coldplay.
The strangeness of truth compared to the limits of the human imagination gets a crystalline demonstration in Malik Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man.
Karaoke is (sort of) an art. Everyone can do it, but not everyone can, to quote American Idol's Randy Jackson, "blow it out da box." Which is why I came up with these amazing tips on my ten-minute car ride to work this morning.
American Idol has been many things to many people, from pure escapism for those who watch from home, to dreams realized or crushed by those who have had the courage to stand up and be judged.
Riffing had its roots in rhythm and blues. There was so much pain in this music that the melody just wouldn't do. But this is not what we hear in contemporary music. It's almost a competition to see who can do the most riffs, the fastest, the highest and the loudest.
I understand that sometimes you have to watch a little bad TV. What I don't understand is why reality television seems to be the most popular genre right now, and in particular why reality competition shows are the highest rated shows each week.
"Time is about appreciating having all this ability to sort of capture the eternity of a moment, but then knowing that you're going to have to let it go at some point. Winter will come."
This week, I'm joined by Nicole Karlis of Hollywoodlife.com to talk about the latest celebrity comings and goings! I've got all the scoop on American Idol winner Phillip Phillips and the truth on Bethenny Frankel's rumored divorce.
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America can't get enough of singing competitions. And that's why so many new singing competition-based television shows are hitting the air waves in the next few months.
Why do we need an idol who is both authentic and humble? Here are 20 quick reasons as to why could we use a little humility and authenticity -- a little Phillip Phillips -- in our personal, public and political lives.