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Scotty, really?

He is sweet and cute, I love country and he can sing (he probably doesn’t even recognize the scope of his magnetisn yet, at 17).  Plus he is a Jesus-follower and represents well.  But, ya know, we already have a Josh Turner.  What is Scotty going to do when he has to give Josh’s song back? 

Lauren, sweet as puddin’ pie, great voice.  Not ready for prime time.

I didn’t even watch the final 2 weeks of American Idol.  Just read Yahoo-news and it was enough.

Haley was strong, just waiting to be unleashed all the way.  That girl has style and a voice! She packed a multi-faceted musical punch.  James was hard-core and really, even though that is not even my thing, absolutely belonged in the final three.  Casey is the voice (and fascintaing musician) of a modern-retro, way cool-cat generation.  They should have have been the top three.  I mean, technically Haley was in the top three, but if she still left at the same time, at least it would have been better to have left against James and Casey. 

Just opining

I have never bought a lottery ticket and I did not vote one time this year ( I have only ever voted one year: Blake Lewis), though it actually was probably my favorite year ever just because of the varied styles and extreme talent represented.  I missed Simon and I like Jennifer and Steven.  But the end?  Questionable.  I doubt Scotty could have, would have won with Simon in the judge’s seat.

Congratulations, though, Scotty.  You seem like a good kid with a bright future.  Only God knows what He has in mind for you (and He is all good)…see the WIN here

Why Tredessa can’t marry Danny Gokey

I had the best idea ever!

Everyone knows I was a little ga-ga over Gokey during the last season of American Idol.  He ended up in 3rd place, but should have been #1!  Danny was the big voice, sweet kid with 187 pairs of eye glasses – so kind of a nerd with panache.  And he was a worship-leader-widower.  The more I learned about him, his values and heart, the more I loved him!

I began to devise: Yes – what a great idea!  Tredessa is so right for himLet’s book him for Heaven Fest.  Because naturally, if we got Danny and I could get them both backstage and they met, they’d see what a perfect match they’d be, right?  I mean-you know Tredessa – how lucky would Danny be?

Then Tredessa sent me this quote in an an email with the subject being  “Why I can’t marry Danny Gokey”:

Never get involved with a man whose wife’s been murdered. For one, he’s not a real barrel of laughs. Two, you can’t compete with her. It’s not like the marriage started going downhill when she was boozing or sleeping around. I mean, she was taken from him at the peak of their love. She’s gone out on a high. She’s like Marilyn Monroe or Jimmy Dean. Can’t compete with her.  Never get involved with a man whose wife’s been murdered.” -Ricky Gervais on Extras

And apparently even though Danny’s wife (who, by the way actually was a beautiful woman of conviction, who devoted her energies to ministering to families and children who had been touched by “poverty, sickness, or disease”) wasn’t murdered, Tredessa believes this still applies.

As if.

Here the kicker, though.  Stormie and I were a little worried about me posting this in case Danny Gokey googles his name and reads this and I have now ruined any and all chances my daughter ever had with him.  When I told Tre, she laughed her head off and said, “Post away.  I don’t think this blog will be what ruins my chances.”

Sophia’s Heart Foundation “One Heart Touching Many”  The Foundation Danny founded in his late wife’s honor.  A good cause.

Ga-Ga for Gokey!

In no particular order…

Allison Iraheta is an amazing rocker!

Kris Allen is a cool kid with less-obvious genius.

Matt Giraud is the new “Piano Man” for sure!  Hip, talented – the judges save was the right thing to do. 

Adam “Ant” Lambert is always entertaining and thoroughly-likeable.  I think he could very well win this competition just because he is such a great performer.

O, Danny boy…

But the boy who reaches my heart and makes me love one song I never-ever-ever thought I’d love (“Jesus Take the Wheel”) and made me fall in love all over again with a song from the summer Dave and I had our first date and married – 1981 (“Endless Love”) : DANNY GOKEY!


Next week, two contestants have to be cut.  Anoop can go home already and Lil deserves a great career, but just isn’t hitting the mark these days.  Bye-bye.

But I am so hoping Danny Gokey makes it at least to the top two.  And if I were an American-Idol voter, I’d vote for Danny Gokey and his 27 pairs of glasses!

Go, Danny Gokey, go!…Jeanie


NOTE TO SELF:  The week Danny did “Jesus Take the Wheel” Carrie Underwood was on as a guest artist/returning winner.  I am recording the fact that I am calling it: a Danny-Carrie relationship…after he has sufficiently mourned his late wife , that is.  Cute, no?

btw-according to news reports, Danny is legally blind so his specs aren’t just for looking cute, and he only has 18 pairs…


AI=Artificial intelligence

AI=Artificial Insemination (Wrex is trying to make me come to the farm to help increase the goat or cow population or something.  I am simply not ready to hear about what a “jump steer” is and the “collection” of needed materials for artificial insemination, I’m not!)

AI=American Idol – my secret indulgence, my I-can’t-help-myself obsession.  My judge-other-people-like-it’s-going-out-of-style possibly sinful conundrum.

So – can you believe I missed the first night (last Tuesday)?  I had even read the yahoo article (by Matt Whitfield) on it beginning again and all the changes the new show and judge would bring and I still thought it was next week!  But I caught the 2nd night of the season premier and I have to say: I still love this crazy, silly show!  However, this season there will be big changes. 

Matt’s article cited some:

Fewer trainwrecks:  In an effort to bring more credibility to the show fewer freaks…delusional dorks…and [William Hungs] will be featured during the auditions.  VERDICT:  Boo!  Don’t the producers realize that we voyeurs want to see as many sad clowns as possible?  Guess not.

HERE IS WHAT I THINK:  Actually, I (Jeanie) still felt I got my money’s worth on people I could judge and make fun of (not the obvious people – I have compassion on them, of course!).  The show did feel more positive overall, more upbeat and dare I say it, even more encouraging!?!

Character development: With Hollywood Week finally becoming Hollywood Weeks, we’ll actually get to know the contestants and their stories, unlike in years past when the Top 12 could easily consist of strangers.  VERDICT: Yay! Remember when Kelly Clarkson came out of nowhere in the final few weeks of the first season? She had virtually zero TV time until the finals. Blasphemy! Thankfully, that shouldn’t happen again.

HERE IS WHAT I THINK: But I still don’t want them setting my emotions up for me.  Go easy on the sob-story pitches, AI.  I’ll choose those who deserve my pity.

Wild-card Round:  For the first time since the show’s second season, the judges will select the final three contestants that will comprise the Top 12.  VERDICT: Debatable. As much as I don’t trust the public opinion (hello, Taylor Hicks), I think the judges have enough power as is. Shouldn’t the viewers get to hand out the golden tickets? I dunno. This could be very good… or very, very bad.

HERE IS WHAT I THINK:  Hahhhahhahahhahha!  For real – how did Taylor Hicks win?!

Top 12:  With the semi-final round being comprised of 36 contestants — as opposed to the usual 24 — and with the judges determining the wild-cards, the makeup of the Top 12 won’t necessarily be split evenly among males and females. VERDICT: Finally! If more women (for example) deserve to make the finals, let them in! I think everyone is tired of the 6/6 split. The best singers should be in the finals. Not cute talentless hunks (Ace Young), not grandma-selected safe bets (Kevin Covais), and definitely not Sanjaya.

HERE IS WHAT I THINK: I soooooo agree.  I also had to laugh when Matt called David Archulette a Monchichi lookalike!  And yes – NOT Sanjaya!

New Judge: The new kid on the block is songwriter-producer Kara DioGuardi, the mastermind behind Xtina’s “Ain’t No Other Man,” Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl,” and Pink’s latest hit, “Sober.” Will she rely on her professional experience like Randy? Will she battle with Simon? Will she ultimately replace Paula? (All parties deny this rumor). Will she tell it like it is and risk hurting the contestants’ feelings?  VERDICT: Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Well, at least we hope so.

HERE IS WHAT I THINK:  I really like the new judge!  I think she managed to improve Paula’s performance.  Paula was almost lucid the other night.  Still stupid, but almost normal.  So, good move, AI.  Kara seems like a smart addition, intelligent judge.  I love how she sang that bikini-clad-clown under the table (saw the clip online).

The Matt Whitfield article also noted some rumored changes~

Fewer Themes: Rumor has it that viewers will no longer have to witness pop tarts trash country classics, crooners butcher Broadway tunes, and divas destroy Big Band standards.  VERDICT: Phew! We can handle Billboard’s biggest hits, “songs from the year you were born” night and maybe a “movie soundtrack” theme, but an evening with Burt Bacharach must be banished!

HERE IS WHAT I THINK: The AI median fan age was just announced to be 40.  But Burt Bacharach may be a stretch even for them.  I like him, though.  He wrote the soundtrack of my 1960s life.  What the world needs now is love, sweet love…

Younger Mentors: In a perfect world, Season 8’s finalists won’t have to pretend to know who Neil Diamond is, let alone sing songs from his infinite oeuvre. Same goes for Andrew Lloyd Webber and anyone else with liver spots.  VERDICT: This can’t happen soon enough. Did the producers ever think to invite anyone other than an octogenarian to mentor the finalists? It’s time. It’s time to tell Kelly Clarkson that in order to help her with her comeback, she needs to remember where she came from and make a triumphant return to the “Idol” stage. It’s time to enlist Rihanna and Chris Brown — no matter the cost. It’s time!

MY THOUGHTS:  Dang, though.  I was still hoping for a David Cassidy night.  Guess not.

Yes, I will be watching American Idol for the next 5 months or so…Jeanie