Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Idol Idle

My wife was actually surprised to see Carly and Syesha in the bottom two tonight, while Jason and Brooke skated.

This is just "Idol" being "Idol," though - by this point in the season, each of the performers has an established fan base and, for both Jason and Brooke, being out-and-out bad was a smarter choice than simply being adequate.

It is too bad that Syesha and Carly both had one of their better moments, respectively, at this late stage, but that was Michael Johns' problem, too: He started getting good too late to win over the 12-year-old girls that really vote for this thing.

Of course, Smithson and Johns were also both foreigners on "American Idol," which couldn't have been an advantage (although if David Archuleta had an accent, the tweeners would just love him all the more).

I do find it pretty interesting how loyal an audience Brooke has. It seems like she would appeal to an older audience, but she obviously has some staying power. We shall see. The other interesting question is whether Jason Castro's good looks will keep him in it long enough to knock out one of the major contenders (other than the two Davids, naturally).

I guess I'd peg the rest of the road as: Syesha, Brooke, Jason, David and then David wins it all!

Ooh, I'm so tricky.

COUNTERPOINT: Meanwhile, according to the Los Angeles Times, Carly's ouster is sure sign of the decline of Western civilization - "Carly Smithson’s booting is not simply unjust; it threatens to undermine the very premise of 'American Idol.'"

Umm, okay. I think their reviewer hasn't bought an album in the last 20 years, 'cause Carly Smithson was never going anywhere but the adult contemporary charts. Archuleta and Cook may each be annoying in their own way, but I think both are clearly capable of putting an album on the top 40 chart.


At 7:00 AM, April 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi andy w and all. i beg to differ about the qwest "rollout" of 20 mbps there.i just got off with a qwest rep and in stratimmoor hills were NOT supposted to get the upper tier and icalled them up to check those tips from qwest there.

At 7:46 AM, April 25, 2008, Blogger AndyW said...

Do you get the 7 Mbps? What they told me was that there are two different technologies that provide the 7 Mbps service. One can be switched to 20 and the other can't. And if you can't get 7, you definitely won't be able to get 20.

At 10:23 AM, April 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes andyw,sorry to bother u but as im hearing from this c.s.r from qwest . they are NOT having 12 or 20mbs in the stratimmor hills area im having 7 megs here. i also checked dsl to confirm this and i told the nice young qwest lady on the phone that im not possible to get it .maybe in north or east of colorado springs area.that what i have be told on the phone andy.i just cant wait till they got it up . i have directv but didnt qwest wanted to have tv signals coming to colorado springs before and they gave up there.hmm thats interesting . take care.

At 12:34 PM, April 25, 2008, Blogger AndyW said...

Well, don't get your hopes too high. I talked to a guy today who was switched from 7 to 20 and he says there's no difference, either in practice or even in benchmark tests, in his performance. Some bottleneck at the routing end or something. Bummer, but I suppose these things are all slowly being improved. Right? Hopefully?

At 7:52 PM, April 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well andy, im surprized that qwest even got stratimmor hills .im seeing a lot of digging at hampden south etc with fiber there. but as i said again andy . this lady from qwest. she must be pulling my leg with this "upgrade" also whats this?? kktv is getting hd cameras and studio cams ?oh my god well that progress right andy?? i thought that ?? koaa tv get its tv h.d cams. cool also why andy . directtv doesnt have any denver tv stations in that market . its some thing . i just went through a whole week with my arb diarys listening to the local am-fm radio stations here.UGH! take care my friend .have a great weekend.


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