First. JENNIFER LOPEZ!!!!!
This is now officially my all time favourite picture of her.
That jumpsuit thing looks scratchy, but clearly it is a One Piece Garment Of Happiness!!! If that's all it takes, I'll have one in every colour please.
The Famous Person Parade started off with Casey the Beard Guy and JACK BLACK!
What did they sing? FAT BOTTOM GIRLS by Queen.
Well, I just love that song.
Have I ever mentioned that I adore Jack Black? He's always in over-the-top mode, always goofing, always ON but the thing is, he's actually a really good singer. Yeah, it's there, underneath the satire.
So that was fun. And they did not look like idiots. Or maybe they did, but it looked right so I didn't notice?
Then. THEN. Something... amazing... happened.
Judas Priest. On Idol.
I'm still trying to get my head around this and it's been a week. That is Judas Frickin' Priest, people. That bald man in head to toe black leather? Rob Halford. For real. It was nice of Mr Halford to loan the kid some items of clothing from the Screaming For Vengeance era.
They did a thing with James Durbin, which had to be a dream come true. For him, I mean. He's got a voice that will shiver the wallpaper off the wall. And here he is.
HE WAS ON STAGE WITH JUDAS PRIEST.
Flames and spikes and studs and all. It's a 70s metal daydream. ONLY HE REALLY DID IT.
Judas Priest was on American Idol??????
From one extreme to the other....third runner-up Haley got the opportunity to sing with... wait for it... Tony Bennett! Yes, THE Tony Bennett.
Wow. I mean, just wow. This guy is a living legend. He sounds so good! He's from the era when singers actually had to know how to sing. And look what a class act the dude is.
And he's still so handsome! He's 85 years old!
It was a cute duet. Well done!
What a classy dude. And doesn't she look lovely. They're a nice couple. They should make a record.
You know who else showed up? TOM JONES!
He's let his hair go grey, which I love, because dudes who are of great maturity look stoopid with bright red hair. Or jet black hair. I mean, come on, we know. And grey hair can look soooo good on a man.
He's not doing the old swivel-hips routine like he did back in the 70s. Did anybody else here ever watch the Tom Jones show? Remember the intro where the spotlight reflects off the belt buckle? And them tight pants and the shirt with no top buttons?
I was stuck to the TV anticipating the big notes, and yep, he nailed the money notes. Also he wears clothes that cover up... everything and that's probably good, cuz it is not the 70s anymore.
Nothing against the young fellas, but... I wonder if they felt like total noobs beside this guy. (They should, really.)
Speaking of young fellas: Here's young Scotty - yeah he won, no spoiler here, this is old news by now- with Tim McGraw, and the youngun's all this is one a my heroes oh man this is great and there's Tim all music biz veteran and composed and being the elder statesman of country music. Raising up the next generation. Wondering what Faith's making for supper tonight.
I wonder if Tim's hat is the same one he's been wearing on stage for the last twenty years. (Is it twenty yet for him? Feels like he's always been here.) Like I wonder if he gets a new shiny black straw hat each spring and retires last year's hat to working status. You know, when Faith makes him go mow the lawn and that sort of thing.
While we're on country music, let's have a look at the runner up, the absolutely adorable Lauren Alaina. Here's a picture that cracks me up.
Carrie Underwood is thinking, "Those two hours I spent working my thighs and calves was worth it. And the spray tan. And the waxing. Totally worth it. My legs are monuments of perfection! Just to prove it, I am flexing them right now!"
And 16 year old Lauren is just singing away, not chewing the scenery or stealing the show. She's got something Carrie will probably never have: BACKSIDE. I appreciate a girl with a good gravity defying derriere! Booty girls, let's never think we're fat, let's love our shapes, and let's be glad we will always have a good place to sit!
She's a good singer, seems to be a really nice kid, but her stylists need to be slapped. Even Blondie Legs up there would look awful in black tights ending at the ankle paired with gaudy shoes with ankle straps. The alternative, though, would have been to put Lauren in a pair of really tacky cowboy boots, and by tacky I don't mean all the cool horse stuff in my barn. No I mean tacky as in EWW. As in, "Oh, duh, country singer = cowboy boots." Slap your forehead and roll your eyes.
Those stylists have done enough damage already.
WHAT the CRAP is this???? Is this somebody's idea of something a country music diva should wear? Even Scotty looks uncomfortable, like he is trying not to be alarmed at how awful this dress is, especially since she's putting on such a good smile, and also how relieved he is that he's a guy, and the wardrobe people go, "obviously, country singer = plaid shirt and jeans" which in his case is just really lucky.
It is possible for a country singer to look good. Scotty do.
This girl is so cute. Do you have any idea how hard I looked for white cowboy boots to wear with my wedding dress in 1991? I'm not quite sure about this outfit though. If they had her in a plain T shirt the same colour as his jacket... listen to me eh? Like I'm an expert. Wait, isn't this blog called Hick CHIC as in
"stylishness and elegance, typically of a specified kind: French chic | biker chic."
Ha, so there.
Know who thinks she's all that?
Wearing things that aren't clothes, and as naked as possible in public without being illegal.
I'm bored. Are you bored?
She even fake-fornicated with a backup dancer and I was STILL BORED.
Now if she showed up in jeans and a plaid shirt I would be shocked.
I keep thinking I should be bored with this chick, and yet I'm not. Maybe it's because I keep finding pictures of her with ridiculous outfits and great facial expressions, like this one.
"Hey, yo, check out mah silver undaaaays! Yeah!!!"
Also I am fascinated by the science of keeping the bazooms inside the ridiculous outfit. Shirt glue? It's a real thing, right?
Oh but if we're talking about ridiculous outfits, we need some LOPEZ! Wheeeee!
Truth is, it started off as a Marc Anthony performance in Spanish. The man has a golden throat. Even if I find him slightly scary looking.
But then SHE emerged from the smoke machine fog.
I love this. I don't know what he was singing in Spanish but he's pointing at her butt.
"I live with THAT!"
Yep, just another Wednesday evening in the Lopez-Anthony house.
Just when I thought my brain would explode with unexpected appearances, this guy in a toque showed up, playing guitar, and Spiderman went zooming around...
...and I gave my head a shake and said, out loud, "Really? Bono and Edge? Idol, really? Really really?"
I know I didn't dream this, because there's photographic proof, but seriously, really????
There was one thing I was waiting and hoping for. AND IT HAPPENED!!!!
He finally showed all these young whippersnappers how to rock.
He sang "Dream On" only without Aerosmith, which is understandable I guess. I have one complaint: too short. It was an abbreviated version with a verse, a chorus and then the famous outro.
And you just know I was on the edge of the couch, holding my breath, because here comes the part all the noobs think they can sing, and that if they shriek it out it proves how awesome they are but they are just pale imitations because only one man, only one rock star is STEVEN TYLER.
He opens up that frightening fascinating mouth of his and people's HEADS EXPLODE.
This guy woke me up every morning when I was 16. I rolled over in bed and heard his voice.
Yep, had the tape player right there so I could hit the Play button and wake up to Back In The Saddle. It's one of my favourite songs ever. When I get my imaginary TV show it'll be my theme song.
Dude is 63 years old and he still rocks my warm woolly socks.
Rockstaaaahhhhhhh: this is how it's done, noobs. You've got about 40 years to get it right.
So anyways, this whole exercise was about giving some lucky youngster a really tight and limiting recording contract and supposedly a good media-bombing, while the 2nd and 3rd runner up wait a year, get signed by somebody else, and possibly have an actual career.
I don't know why young Scotty here even bothered going this route, because I honestly think the kid is brilliant. He's got the cute "yes ma'am" personality, a crooked smile, and a killer voice. I mean he's gooood. He's like 17 going on 28, mature in the way he presents himself and his singing skills. That's my opinion. He'd have been a star no matter what; maybe this little contest got him there quicker but it's kind of irrelevant.
So he looked all dapper, and it really struck me how much a teenage boy can grow into his ears in less than a year. Oh come on, I'm not being mean, I'm serious! I'm the mother of a teenage boy and I know they're a funny collection of limbs and ears and feet that don't quite grow at the same rate.
Man, these two are young. They don't really seem young. Except for that "Beauty and the Beast" dress. Okay, it is on the pretty side of cute but mostly if you're a four year old girl and it's your birthday. But she looks really happy!
Yeah giggle now while you can, kids. Everybody looks back at what they were wearing when they were 16 and cringes.
Now I don't know about you, but I think this looks like more than your average congratulations kiss. This is a full on SMOOCH! She's got her hands around his neck and face and all!
Oh my gosh, it looks like these two were all falling-in-teenage-love while this show was happening.
Now the publicists can go bomb the media with this story.
You know, I was about this age when I met The Love Of My Life over twenty years ago. Aw, wouldn't it be sweet if they end up being a real THING and stay together?? I mean, it's possible. To do that though, they might want to consider getting the hell out of the entertainment biz.
I just hope she doesn't let the stylists from this show pick out her wedding dress.
(I'm available and I'll work for horse feed.)