Saturday, April 26, 2008
American Idol Rewind
Alright, this is kind of random since I have not been doing weekly American Idol Thoughts. However, I am sitting here this afternoon, and right after This Week in Baseball got done, American Idol Rewind is on. The episodes they are showing is the final episode of Season Two. That was the show pitting Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. Maybe that is why I am not as into this season's Idol, because I really, truly don't believe that American Idol has been quite as good since this showdown. First of all, both singers were incredible vocally. Both were humble and yet personable. They played off of each other so well. You could tell they were truly great friends. Nothing against Fantasia Barrino or Carrie Underwood, or that gray-haired guy (Taylor Hicks), but there has not been a top two that comes anywhere close to the talent and overall package that were Reuben and Clay. I got chills again, five years later watching Reuben sign "Flying Without Wings" or Clay singing "This is the Night" or "Bridge Over Troubled Water." In the end, Ruben got 50.28% of the vote. Clay got 49.72% of the vote. This is by far the closest vote.
The only thing that was really close was last year when I really liked both Blake Lewis and Jordan Sparks, but it wasn't even close. I thought Ruben should have won, but even at work, I recall getting into arguments people about that. Maybe is was the whole 2-0-5 thing. Maybe it was that he was huge. Maybe it was the smile. It was nothing against Clay Aiken, who was also incredible. Then recall that Kimberley Locke took third place, and she was/is remarkable too. And military man Josh Gracin finished fourth.
I did buy Ruben's first couple of CDs. After his debut album, he turned his attentions to the gospel music genre. I also bought Clay Aiken's, and he is currently on working on Broadway. (OK, I bought Kimberly Locke's too... and Josh Gracin's, although I never did listen to that one.)
Or maybe the reason that I liked that season better was because of the likes of Kimberley Caldwell and Julia DeMato! And I happened to think that Trenyce was incredible.
I don't know about you, but the top maybe eight or nine from that season was amazing. I would say that David Arculetta could compete with that group, but that may be about it.
Anyway, seriously, I am a dork, but that was very cool to watch again!
By the way, check out Ruben Studdard - The Return!
Here are a couple of cool YouTube videos for you, to remind you of these two...
And a Ruben Studdard Tribute:
And then when that finished, I flipped it to Fox Sports North where they were airing a "Twins Classics" which showed Johan Santana's 17 strikeout game against the Rangers last August. Wow, has it been an emotional afternoon!|
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