Breaking News (and wind): My father just pissed me off.
Yeah, big surprise that the only person on this planet more opinionated than me pissed me off. And parents NEVER piss off their kids, of course. I am hardly playing a violin for myself, but it wasn’t the exchange that bothered me enough to blah-blog about it, it was the underlying issue behind it.
Politics with prejudice.
I consider myself very open minded, and anyone who actually listens to the show can agree that I’ll try just about anything once. My political views cannot be summed up in one political party in that no one person or group can speak for me. I fear that our drive-thru society wants not only their food now, they want their politics now as well. I’m finding that few people actually take the time to look at an issue, instead they would rather follow what their political (or worse, celebrity) heroes are saying.
For example, Michael Vick is an awesome football player and I’d love to have him on my fantasy football team, but I wouldn’t trust him to watch my dog over the weekend. Tom Cruise is a whack-job who follows a religion admittedly concocted by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, but that’s not gonna stop me from going to see Mission Impossible IV. Sure, some folks say things so extreme that they have turned me off seeing anything with them in it (Mel Gibson), but I refuse to live my life by what someone else says I should think, whether it be a political party, celebrity, athlete, or voice in my head.
During the Obama/McCain election, people would ask who I was voting for, and at that point, I really didn’t know. I didn’t want to look at this election as a Republican vs Democrat, or Black vs White, or even young vs old. I wanted to go with the candidate that I felt could do the job the best. Time magazine published two profiles of the candidates which I found to be the most objective on their background, views, and experience. I found Obama’s lack of experience a bit troubling, but I also felt that McCain might have been too entrenched in Congress to see the forest for the trees. I simply wasn’t sure.
It just so happens that I had returned to school in pursuit of my masters degree, and due to a conflict with my BA from VMI, I had to take a history class taught by a professor who also taught political science. The professor was informally speaking with the students in the class to get their take on the two candidates, when one girl announced with pride “I used to support Hilary, but now I support Obama!” The professor tilted his head and responded “Really? Mrs. Clinton brought up some very controversial issues about Mr. Obama that are still unresolved, not to mention she made some very harsh criticisms against him.” To this, she replied “Oh, but she likes him now, so I do too.” The professor then stared out the window for a good 5 minutes, and a single tear trickled down his left cheek before giving us all a pop quiz.
On my way to my truck, a friendly classmate of mine, who happened to be African-American, asked me who I was voting for. I replied honestly that I wasn’t sure, to which she rolled her eyes and said “you better vote Obama!” I laughed and asked why, and she said “because we need a Black President.” Really? I hardly thought that the color of one’s skin was a qualification for presidency, but then again, maybe it is. Would it have made me racist if I didn’t vote for Obama? Am I an ageist if I didn’t vote for McCain?My political views can be summed up by a quote from Chris Rock. “Anyone who makes up their mind before they hear the issue, is an idiot.” This is so true. There are things that I am conservative about and things that I am liberal about. Like Chris Rock, I lean conservative about gun control, welfare, and the military. I lean liberal about prostitution, civil unions, and legalized herb. It doesn’t mean I won’t swing the other way on any issue, it just means at this moment, after looking at the issues themselves, this is where my views fall. If I had more liberal views than conservative, does that make me a Democrat? Am I anti-Republican? I’m not going to be boxed in by a political party nor am I going to root for them like my favorite Football team.
So, essentially, my argument with my dad was simply around a Facebook poll that misquoted President Obama. He was all hot and bothered because according to the poll, Obama had said 80% of the United States wants a tax increase. That’s not exactly what he said, but it was spun around to make it sound ridiculous. Do you want a tax increase? Neither do I….unless the benefits outweigh the increase; however, because I pointed out that he was misquoted, suddenly I was a knee jerk, bra-burning Liberal who forged Obama’s birth certificate in crayon, and will soon be goose-stepping on our front lawn in support of the United Socialist States of Obama.
What happens all too much in the media and with political parties is telling only part of the story that fits the argument. If I said that I was going to cut out your right eyeball, you would call the police. But what if I were your doctor, who has treated you before, and I told you that if I don’t remove your right eyeball, a terminal disease will kill you in a week. You’d be more inclined to believe me, right?
Perhaps this is a better analogy. Suppose Senator Kast wants to pay teachers more. He submits a bill to Congress, but Manny would only sign it if it also allows him to write his blogs in pirate speak. Senator Myndrunner will gladly sign it if it also includes a part that requires all members of the MyndJack Nation to do the Electric Slide. Well, Kast needs to get this bill signed so he agrees to both. The bill goes before President Deb, who swiftly denies it because she doesn’t play that pirate speak nonsense and fuck off with that Electric Slide bullshit. Kast then screams to the MyndJack Nation “Deb doesn’t want to pay teachers more!! Deb does not support better education!!!” Although neither of these statements are true, its easy for one to reasonably believe they are because, after all, Deb denied the bill that was originally intended to pay teacher’s more. What we didn’t get was the rest of the story.
What’s the point of all this TLDR? Well, if you made it this far, then I’m probably preaching to the choir at this point. (Oh noes! I said choir, I’m a fundy-bastard now!!!)Don’t take what is told to you at face value, nor try and take the opposite opinion of the majority just to be contrary. Take a look at the actual facts around an issue, whether it be the Casey Anthony trial, Free Health Care, our involvement in Pakistan, or even whether or not our show is worth listening to and supporting.
There are even people to this day that still refuse to join our little MyndJack Radio party because of some bizarre, twisted, junior-high hate mentality that they just cannot get over. They are the one’s missing out, because we are having a blast. So, don’t form your own opinions based on what others tell you. See for yourself and make up your own mind……after all, it belongs to you.
This is the same scam that Photobucket used to run when it would suddenly, out of the digital blue tell me that I have nearly maxed out my memory space; however, I hadn’t uploaded anything new to Photobucket in over a year (Tinypic FTW!). So how could I suddenly be out of memory space if I hadn’t done shit with my account? Well, I could purchase more space if I wanted to, according to photobucket for a nominal fee.
I’ve been in sales for nearly 10 years and I am still sickened by these short-term score scams that continue to plague the commercial world today. One can be an honest salesperson, but greed and pride can corrupt companies that may have started out with the most honest and simple of intentions. Sales has become a close or be closed mentality instead of providing something for someone that they truly need or want at a reasonable price at the expense of long term profit.
Take my time at Enterprise Car Sales for example, when my newly promoted Regional Manager told me to lie to a bank in order to get a credit-risk customer approved for a car loan on a car they couldn’t afford. I refused not only because it was dishonest, but also it was not the right thing for the customer. The customer would have defaulted and we would have had to buy back the $20,000 loan. How wise is it to spend $20,000 to make $3,000? And people wonder why our economy crashed in 2008.
So, back to my Gmail thing. At the bottom of the screen, it says that I am at 7231 MB of my 7598 MB of storage space, which conveniently equates to about 95%. Wow, I’m glad they notified me now in the middle of MyndJack Radio Idol when I am counting on several megs of audio to be sent my way, but it started creating some questions in my mind:
1. How did they come up with 7598 MB as my limit? Kind of a random number if you ask me. Wouldn’t 7500 MB or 8000 MB make better sense? And I don’t recall seeing anything about this when I signed up for Gmail in the first place.
2. I deleted about 20 megs of old emails (some MJR memories are gone forever…sniff) and still had the same warning. That threw up another red flag. How come I had to delete about 100 emails to reduce my storage by only 20 megs and yet today is the day I suddenly reached my memory storage limit? I’m glad they notified me today before things really got out of control!
3. Was this always my storage limit or did they decide this today?
4. Does everyone on Gmail have the same storage limit? Or do some have higher than others? Again, why did they decide on 7598 MB as the limit for me and do others have the same?
5. …and why is it that when I click on the link to learn how to reduce storage space it takes me to the same purchase option screen as the link to actually purchase more memory space?
I contend that the answer to all of these can be summed up in one word. Greed.I’ve had my Gmail account for almost four years and I’ve never had to reduce my email storage. I’ve taken it upon myself to organize it better and delete a lot of spam, but that was so that I could find the important emails I’d been saving much easier. This is the first time I’ve been notified of any limit on my Gmail account and I find it quite interesting that the red flag at Google went up today when I have apparently been just as close to breaching this limit for the last couple months.
It’s obvious to me that this is simply a way for Google.com to get users like me to pay more money for the storage space they already have. Someone in a boardroom somewhere came up with the idea to suddenly tell users that they are close to their storage limit and scare them into buying more space. It’s like a landlord suddenly saying that you’ve come to the limit of the number of months you are allowed to rent your apartment, but you can conveniently purchase more months for an additional monthly rate or you can GTFO!
The thing is, it is Google’s servers and I have no problem with there being a limit, but be upfront about it. Don’t try to scam people. There is no need to trick people into purchasing more memory when all you need to say is “Hey, we need to start charging for more space so we gotta cap you on your memory storage. We know this is news to you but it’s our servers and if you don’t like it, go play with your Yahoo!”We are still in a survival of the fittest mentality, only this time the jungle is commerce and the predators are companies like Google, Microsoft, etc. We depend on them, but we are at their mercy when they turn on us because we let them. Like my former Regional Manager at Enterprise, it’s easier to make the quick buck now at the expense of integrity because no one is gonna be around long enough for it to catch up with you.
So I guess what I’m getting at is that there is that don’t try to pull a fast one. Be an honest salesperson and you will always have my business. Greed will do us all in. You can still be successful without compromising your integrity, just be honest about the money you are making. If you can’t be honest about what you are doing, then you obviously know what you are doing is wrong.
LIVE!…well, sorta. Anyways, just when you thought all the excrement had been released, it’s time for the MyndJack Radio Idol Season 2 Concert, Tuesday August 24th! Three full hours of your Top 10 MyndJack Radio Idols performing NEW songs and encore performances.
Will there be a new Slackington Song? What of this other boy band group that formed during the Greased Lightening number? What will Griff do? What will the group numbers be? Will we ever get to hear the group number that was supposed to play at the finale?! Also, we will reveal the winner of the songwriting contest! Remember that? Yeah, THAT contest! Anyways, we will announce the winner then!
Bring your libations to the chat-room and hang out in the VIP lounge with Myndrunner, Professor Kast, Major Manny Minor, and of course, Deb Della Terza. Your Top 10 saved their best stuff for the concert, you don’t wanna miss this.
LIVE (sorta) August 24th at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific!
*sponsored by Lee Dewyze’s Paint Emporium*
Greetings creative minds of the MyndJack Nation!
Thank you for listening to our broadcast and hopefully we have been providing exceptional entertainment or at least mild amusement for your eardrums to bang away to. The MyndJack Radio Idol Finale is less than a week away and the excrement is building up to sewage-bursting proportions and we would like you to get your helping hands deep inside to add your own flavor to the mix.
Below, you will find the details on the MyndJack Radio Idol Songwriting contest that I have been babbling about for the last couple weeks. Why am I just now getting to posting this? Well, I would like to say that the rigorous demands of the production behind MyndJack Radio, in addition to my role as Program Manager while seeking a work-life balance, has led to a severe delay in getting this important update public, the truth is this: D’oh! I forgot!
So, yes the contest is still on with only some minor adjustments. We are looking for a song parody to be the official coronation song for the winner of MyndJack Radio Idol Season 2. Now, since I am just now posting the update, the song will not be performed at the Finale on Thursday but rather it will be the final song performed by the winner at the EPIC three hour concert on August 24th. We will select one of the songs submitted to be the winner and announce the winner at the end of the concert, when the champion prepares to perform this masterpiece.
Here are the details:
The winning submission will be performed by the Season 2 champion at the concert on Aug 24th.
The winner of this contest will receive not only the fame, honor, and glory of producing an awesome song, but also a prize selected from the MyndJack Radio Prize Vault!!
Submissions should include the lyrics to the song and the instrumental for the song (mp3) to be applied to the singer’s vocals. It is up to the performing artist to interpret the lyrics and perform the song as they feel fits their style (as in melisma, etc..)
Submissions are due by Friday, August 16th, to allow time for production to select the winner and give the champion time to record the performance.
If you have any questions or just wanna bounce some ideas off others, feel free to email myself or Major Manny Minor at any time. We will be more than happy to offer our services and support.
Again, thank you for your patience and thanks for listening,
Last night, at the tail end of Dawg River Radio, the MyndJack Nation were thrilled/shocked/angered at the announcement that Rusty J. Trombone is the first MyndJack Radio Apprentice! After four long weeks and three excruciating and demanding tasks, Rusty was hired and narrowly edged out MCS for the title.
Things began quite shakily when just before the final boardroom began, Film School Travis arrived and was re-entered into the competition due to a legal technicality. He futilely argued that since he had gotten guests for MyndJack Radio in the past that he should qualify for the final task as well. A shocked and frustrated Rusty and MCS voiced their concern over this; however, everyone breathed a sigh of relief when MyndTrump informed the FST that he had a snowballs chance of winning this competition.
MCS put up a fantastic argument against Rusty for why he should be the MyndJack Apprentice and although Caroline Debcher and Professor Kast announced that Rusty had won all three portions of the final task, MyndTrump stated that the competition was still anyone’s ballgame, because of how well MCS performed in previous tasks.
Ultimately, Rusty J. Trombone proved to be the best candidate overall, bringing in the most new members to All Digital Radio’s Facebook Page, bringing in a hilarious guest, and able to hold her own in the boardroom. In the last seconds of Dawg River Radio (listen here for the podcast), MyndTrump said enough was enough and Rusty was the first to be told….”YOU’RE HIRED!”
I would like to personally thank all of the candidates, especially Rusty and MCS who really busted their assets in this game. If I could have hired more than one Apprentice, it would have been both of them, but ultimately, we had to go with one.
Should we run this contest again sometime, what should we change? What did you like? Should we allow previous contestants back in the game? Should MCS have won? What about Film School Travis?
Let us know your comments here or by email at MJRadio@myndjack.com !
Best Regards to all,
Last week, the entire Team FlusterCuck was let go. Although Devinn left due to understandable personal reasons, Skeeter Sonic and Warzone were both fired for doing absolutely nothing on their task. Obviously, this mean that Team Obsession, who officially raked in over 20 new members, not to mention the uncounted number who did not post, won the contest by a landslide.
In the shocking turn of events, Myndrunner then declared that the next task will split the three members of Team Obsession against each other. Each remaining contestant will fight for their own safety next week and the winner of the task will be granted immunity. The other two remaining participants will battle it out in the boardroom, where one of them will be FIRED!!
And what is next week’s task?
Vote For The Worst is one of the most successful grassroots websites on the internet. Its membership base is HUGE, consisting of skeptical fans of reality shows from across the globe dedicated to turning the genre on its head. The more the shows like American Idol try to manipulate the results by pushing their chosen ones, the harder the VFTW members, known as Worsters, push back.
Dave Della Terza is the founder of the website and also the lead host on Vote For The Worst Radio, which is also one of our most popular programs on All Digital Radio. Every Wednesday night at 10pm Eastern, Dave is joined by Deb, Sean, and Slack to rally the Worsters to their cause. VFTW Radio provides a communication point for the Worsters to celebrate their victories, or plan their next move.
MyndJack Radio Apprentice Candidates! You will be creating a 30 second and 60 second promo for Vote For The Worst Radio. You are only limited by your creativity; however, it behooves you to make it both informative, catchy, and entertaining. Your promo must follow these guidelines:
1) It must be in MP3 format.
2) Both the 30 second promo and 60 second promo must be exactly that, not a second more or less.
3) Both promos must contain the time and day that VFTW Radio airs.
Dave will be making the final decision on which of the three promos he likes. The one he chooses, if he chooses any, will be the actual one aired on All Digital Radio. If he chooses yours, you will have immunity from the boardroom next Thursday. If he does not choose yours, you will face me in the boardroom and you may be fired.
Click here for Vote for the Worst!
Some suggestions. If you are not already a member, you should join Vote for the Worst and create an account. Also, you may contact Dave directly with any questions you may have or to find out what he is looking for by emailing him at email@example.com or on twitter @VotefortheWorst.
As always, Deb Della Mundo and Professor Kast will be my eyes and ears on this assignment. They will report directly back to me on your performance. Their feedback will weigh very heavily on my final decision on who gets their ass fired.
Good luck candidates, and may the best promo win!
In this salute to the green hills o’ Ireland and that Saint Patrick with his bloody day n’ so fourth, we have ourselves a very special guest, Tyler Ward, who joins us to talk about his music, working with bands like the Fray and the Jonas Brothers, and why he loves to laugh.
Then, we kiss each other’s blarney stones as we celebrate with enough Guinness to drown a whale, Film School Travis dropps by to give us his review on Alice In Wonderland, and we re-create famous movie scenes if done in Irish Baroque!
The Jon Peter Lewis Experience returned to MyndJack Radio and this time, Nation, much like the Star Wars saga, the sequel is far superior to the original. Jon had a lot to say about American idol and how they are pushing for an “indie artist” like Crystal Bowersox on a show that is about finding a Pop Idol. Is it possible for a musician to maintain artistic purity while selling out on live television? JPL offers some insightful observations on the industry juggernaut, producer manipulation, and how to start a Sparkle Cow Stampede!
We got our American Nobody update on their new season (now with a minty fresh scent) and Jon also shared with us three tracks from his self-titled LIMITED EDITION EP (available NOW on iTunes!) and the influences behind them. On Crazy Love, JPL puts his own acoustic twist to the Van Morrison classic that has a John Mayer feel without the douche bag. A Song for Christopher Columbus is an original track co-written by JV Debate Team Champion James Best (I think he writes for some TV show too) about the famed explorer’s influence on his life. A Little Hope is the third and final track that leads us into an epic round of 5 Questions . Does JPL become the first guest to get all 5 questions correct?
And we are back! So, Myndrunner, you ask, what have you been smoking and where can I get some? I assure you that (as far as the School Board knows) I am as sober as a glass blower from Cape Cod when I tell you that Ellen is actually the best thing to happen to Idol since From Justin to Kelly. Ok, another bad example, but while saving Idol from its inevitable demise is as futile as Danny Gokey trying to get a record deal from Russell Simmons, Ellen is making the suck of Idol suck a lot less.
Still not convinced? Let’s take the 10 most popular arguments against Ellen being on Idol:
1. What does Ellen know about music? Well, for starters, she is a music fan. Anyone who has watched at least one episode of her morning show can tell that music plays heavily in her production.
2. What does Ellen know about Idol? A lot, actually. She’s not just a fan of the show, but she has been the safe haven for previously ejected contestants to get one last bit of face time before fading into obscurity. Remember Jorge Nunez and Jasmine Murray? Exactly!
3. She is not qualified to be on the judge’s panel! While she may not be able to give the singing and packaging advice that Simon can, Ellen knows what it is like to stand before millions and be entertaining. She knows about stage presence and how to engage the audience, instead of alienate them like the Dogface Failure. BROKEN RECORD!
4. She can never fill Paula’s shoes! – Of course not! It is UN-Possible to replace the medicated and well marinated ramblings of our dear Paula, but she is not there to replace Paula. That was the tragic job of Dogface last season and mindless ramblings we got; but they were without the sugary sweetness of dear sweet Pauler.
5. Idol only brought her on to appeal to the gay audience. This is the most absurd argument I’ve heard since, aside from giddy teenage girls and undersexed frauen, a vast majority of the American Idol audience consists of gay men and women. Besides, Ellen treats her sexual orientation like she treats her hair-color. She doesn’t turn it into a Fellini film of fellatio like Glambert did on the AMA’s.
6. Ellen won’t take it seriously. This argument seems to come from the idea that because Ellen is a comedian, she will only cut jokes and do shtick. Well, from what I have seen so far she has done a lot more than that. Sure, she drops the occasional one liner, with varying degrees of success, but she has spent more of her time offering legitimate criticism and even overcompensating for the face-palming antics of those sitting next to her. For example, after Dogface in Heat fawns relentlessly over Casey James during his performance, leaving the towheaded singer visibly distracted, Ellen was the only one to apologize on the judges behalf for making a gimmick out of his attempt to have one of those “IDOL MOMENTS” we hear so much about.
7. Ellen is a novelty act. I have to admit that this was my biggest argument pre-Ellen for how she was going to be a disaster. I likened her to the brilliant idea of having Dennis Miller host Monday Night Football. Sure, he was great and funny the first 10 minutes in, but by the third game, Frank Gifford wanted to strangle the goateed gleeman and kick an extra point. Again, Ellen is not here for just shits and giggles. She is here to offer actual constructive criticism, something these contestants desperately need.
8. Ellen is here to replace Simon. Again, UN-possible!! No one can replace Simon Cowell, and lately, not even Simon can replace Simon. The Manboobed Malcontent has been seriously phoning it in lately; to the point where he can’t even look the contestants in the eye when he imparts his spiky comments. He is either looking for the way out or imagining what the Nokia Theater will look like once X-Factor takes over.
9. Ellen will scare the fragile minds of homophobic viewers. If you were surprised when Clay Aiken came out of the closet, then perhaps you should get spayed and neutered. There have been a number of gay contestants who have found great success, at least by Idol standards, on the show, such as: the aforementioned Gay Aiken, Adam Lambert, Blake Lewis, and Michael Sarver. These contestants were exactly in the closet about their orientation, yet AI continued to be a ratings juggernaut season after season.
10. Ellen cannot save Idol from its inevitable demise. Of course not. Not even Howard Stern could save American Idol if he joined the judge’s panel and was given full creative control. Not even Mark Burnett could save Idol at this point. Bringing Ellen aboard may have been the desperate move of panicking executives to save their Sparkling Cash Cow, but that doesn’t affect how refreshing Ellen has been on the show.
Everyone is saying it. The show has run its course. The editing manipulation, the gratuitous pimping of certain contestants, the translucent commentary by Randy and Dogface, and overall prefabricated drama of Idol are all understood by the masses. Everyone sees the man behind the curtain, twisting the knobs and pulling the levers, desperately crying out “This is a contest, not a Reality Show!” If you watch the magician long enough, you learn his tricks; and America has seen the same trick too many times.
The Titanic ocean liner that is American Idol has hit the iceberg. Fonzie has jumped the shark. All we need is Ted McGinley or Summer Glau to join the cast to finish the show off once and for all. Still, as Idol begins its swan song, at least we have Ellen there to give us something refreshing in an otherwise stale song and dance.
Ellen is the only thing about this season of American Idol that is refreshing. Seriously? Seriously! She is a fresh tuna sandwich in between two pieces of stale bread with a side of soggy chips!
Ok, I know what you are thinking. This is either a joke or another avalanche of Myndrunner bullshit; but, I assure you that I mean this article to be sincere. Well, somewhat sincere. Alright, its probably mostly BS but hear (read) me out.
It doesn’t take a Mayan Calendar or a mad scribbling from Nostradamus to see the inevitable demise of the American Media juggernaut called American Idol. Paula’s medicated and marinated antics have drifted away, Simon is phoning in his insults while having one foot already out the door, and Randy is actually trying to be taken seriously by trying to look like a chunky Bill Cosby wearing a sweater that was less Cliff Huxtable and more Captain Kangaroo. Then, there is the perpetual epic failure that is Kara DioGuardi, who I shall refer to henceforth as the Dogface Failure.
Even the contestants this season are bland carbon copies of previous seasons past. With my fellow Worsters from VFTW, we are doing our best to photochop and snark at this season’s batch of dream chasers to make this somewhat enjoyable, but its hard to make fun of so much vanilla. For me, the only real stand-outs, for better or worse, are the delightfully retarded ramblings of Siobhan Magnus and the diseased funk of Crystal “Pigpen” Bowersox. The latter may become the first Idol Champion with ringworm while the former, destined to be the runner up, is likely to parlay her Idol recognition to get better weed.
Worster Pick Haley Vaughn, bless her soul, had her epic moment with her lispy rendition of a Miley Cyrus song to be known henceforth as “The Climbth.” Its as clear as Adam Lambert’s skin….wait, bad example….its just pretty damn obvious that the producers are stacking the deck to push for a female champion this season.
For starters, look at how forgettable the male contestants are this season. Even our Worster pick Tim Urban has only his dopey eagerness while trying to reach notes like George Castanza trying to slam dunk on Lebron James. I was sad to see John Park go because I think with all the fantastic Asian singers out there, its high time we had an Asian champion; but he definitely blew it by being stiff and choosing songs that cure insomnia. Jermaine Sellers, on the other hand, was more entertaining when he wasn’t singing, but taking him out of the competition is like removing the raisins from your raisin bran.
This is the first year that contestants in the top 24 have been allowed to tweet and post on Facebook; however, only through their official American Idol (watched) accounts. Producers know that they cannot control the spoilers, even though they tried by having the Hollywood tapings so close to the premiere; however, with today’s technology, the façade of how American Idol works is becoming as hard to keep up as Glambert’s cheek spackle. At this point, only the severely delusional still believe that the votes directly determine who goes home, but millions still vote. I vote for the Worster pick simply because I believe that someday the actual votes will be compared to the results and the world will finally realize that Normund Fucking Gentle should have won Season 8!
So while rallying the inevitable demise of Idol, I was surprised to suddenly find myself enjoying one new element of the show. Brace yourselves and hold your tomatoes until you finish reading but I actually believe that Ellen has improved the show. In fact, she may be the only person on the panel of judges that is actually providing genuine commentary. Perhaps it was in her contract to join that she be allowed to speak her opinion without the producer’s influence, or perhaps they aren’t ready to bring her into the coven of manipulation that goes on prior to every show for fear that she would expose what the nation pretty much already suspects. Unlike the other three judges, whose role is to sway the viewers into liking the ones they want you to like and sour on the ones they don’t, Ellen makes her commentary from the eyes and ears of a fan. She is as fit to be on that panel as you or I, and to me that is a good thing.
Coming up after the commercial break, I will address the top 10 reasons people do not like Ellen on the show and demonstrate how she is actually the only refreshing thing about this carbon copy season.