Happy Wednesday, everyone! Summer vacation is in full swing: Maggie’s signed up for the library’s summer reading program and will be kept happy and busy, Sammi started summer school yesterday and is happy to be back in her beloved halls of learning (really, she LOVES school! weird, eh?), and Gwen’s visiting her dad until he gets tired of her and kicks her back home. And I’m sitting in a nice quiet house… fan blowing, dog sleeping cat lazying in the sunny windowsill… And all seems right in the world.
Okay, it’s actually cloudy and cool and raining outside, and the cats are sulking somewhere because they’re mad at me for my lack of taste when buying their royal highnesses food… at least the dog loves me. But the first way sounds so much better, right?
Such is the case with some of the wannabe Idol contestants. Their versions of reality do not always line up with that of the other 99.44% of the population of the planet. But just because they can’t dance, look goofy and couldn’t carry a tune in bucket with a lid doesn’t mean they don’t actually make good.
Today’s Viral Video topic is: I didn’t make it on American Idol, and look at me now!
There are tons of American Idol Rejects out there, and the worst of them are my favorite part of watching AI. Actually, when it gets down to good contestants I lose interest in the show all together. With the exception of last season, David and David, I’ve never made it to the end of a season. And with the exception of which ever season had Constantine in it (*drool big time!*), I’ve never watched it farther than the elimation rooms.
But, as I said, Maggie and I watched season 7 to the final credits of the final show. It was the season that made us all Brothers Forever :-) And one in which one of the audition rejects were invited to sing on the final show. Renaldo Lapuz has since sang the national anthem at a pro-ball game and starred in an AT&T commercial.
Check it… When Renaldo was on the finale, he even had backup provided by the USC marching band. Pretty cool :-)
It’s a different style, and not entirely unpleasant, of singing The Star-Spangled Banner, and certainly a helluvalot better than Roseanne’s crotch grabbing and spitting screecher-creature version. Watching this on the computer with Sammi, my oldest, surprised me as my sixteen-year-old stood and put her hand over her heart. I must brag, I do have great kids :-D
And with the money AT&T paid, Renaldo spiffied up his duds… but wait? Where’s Simon’s name?? Why did he take Simon’s name off his hat? Did he and Heaven’s Chosen have a falling out?
The one question Maggie asks every time she watches Renaldo perform she asks, “Why does he dress that way?” The following vid clip answers her question and more… like why would a 44 year old try out when 28’s the age limit, inspiration for the song and What is that second reason for putting Simon’s name on his hat? They never let him tell on the show….
So, what All-American Idol Reject is your favorite?
Next week’s Viral Video Wednesday topic: The Best of American Idol is the WORST!
All those bad, scary and train-wrecking-into-a-busload-of-nuns-before-derailing-and-hitting-the-orphanage-in-a-fiery-explosion auditions can come out an play next week :-)
As per Marie of The Boston Bibliophile‘s recommendation, I checked out Rob Paravonian’s American Idol song, and thought we’d let him take out this week’s VVW-
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