Yesterday I was listening to an episode from the MaLyn's Slice of Life Podcast. This was an older episode, okay, so not really old, but from a couple of weeks ago. They were talking about American Idol, and it got me thinking. Before you non-Idol fans skip this, hang on a second. SMILE! They were talking about why they enjoyed the show, and what kept them coming back. I thought it was interesting, and their reasons are very much like mine so I thought I'd explain myself. kl1964 has explained why he doesn't like Idol, and I totally understand. When I see the judges take apart someone who I thought did a good job, I feel bad for them, and when comments are made that are hurtful, I can understand how humiliating it must be for them. I think though, what I really do like about the show is hearing those that really do have talent competing. I wrote before that they've got their top 24 now. This, to me, is where it really starts to get good because it's a more serious competition and the people truly are trying their best. So, my reason for watching is not to get enjoyment out of other's humiliation, (as KL said previously, I've had enough of that myself to know how bad it feels), but to root for those that are doing well. I'm not trying to defend myself or anything, I just wanted to explain my reasons for watching. I don't want people thinking that I'm coldhearted or cruel or anything like that. SMILE! I don't condemn anyone who doesn't watch. It's kind of like the CBS reality show Survivor. I've never gotten into it and never plan to. I can't see how anyone would want to put themselves into a situation where they might be risking their lives just to win whatever it is they win. I don't get it.
On a slightly different note, there's a new game show that's going to be shown after Idol starting on February 28th. It's called "Are You Smarter Than a 5th-Grader?". The idea is that adults are going to be paired up with kids and will have to try to answer questions out of text books. I think this is going to be interesting. It's hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, so that gives it a little interest factor for me too. I can't wait for that to start.
Finally, tonight I'm going to be going to the Cheese Cake Factory. I've only been there once before, and it was great, so I'm looking forward to another good meal. Later.