Clay Aiken came out of the closet this week. Big wow. The fact that a celebrity coming out of the closet (in Clay’s case, an invisible closet) still warrants a splashy front page of People magazine declaring, “Yes, I’m Gay” is disappointing, although it’s clearly an intentional nod to the truly groundbreaking coming out of Ellen Degeneres on the cover of Time Magazine (“Yep, I’m Gay”). I just hope they don’t have to do it again and again when Ricky Martin, Anderson Cooper and Tom Cruise decide to face facts. I do think it’s great though that there’s a gay celebrity out there who isn’t hot at all. Kind of lowers the bar a bit for all us real people out here.
Of course American Idol host Simon Cowell can be trusted to cut the shit and say exactly what the majority of America is actually thinking about this news “bombshell”:
“Wow. That’s a shock. It’s like being told Santa Claus isn’t real. Unbelievable. Good for him. If he said it, it’s the right thing for him. … I don’t think anyone cares. Let’s face it. It’s 2008. You know. Who cares?”
Thank you Simon.
Okay, two posts in one day, I’m clearly out of control, but I had to post this today or it wouldn’t be timely. Last night was the AI semifinals. I have to say I don’t like any of the final three really, but I think it’s weird how dismissive the judges were of Syesha as the least likely contender. I think Randy even said something like “you’re peaking at the right time and that allows you to stand here as number 3.” Um, thanks? Since when were the two Davids the anointed finalists? I guess since they have the most insane cultish fan bases they’ll probably be the finalists, but isn’t that the dark secret about AI that the judges at least pretend doesn’t exist? If I had a nickel for every time they say “this is a singing contest” I wouldn’t have nearly as much credit card debt.
I just don’t think that the Davids are that much better as singers. David A has some kind of anatomical gift so his tone is perfectly round all the time, but the pint-sized wonder can’t sing anything rhythmic to save his life. And David C has all kinds of vocal style talents and ridic range, but takes the smarm and facial theatrics to a place I never want to be. Of course Syesha is a predictable diva singer without a whole lot of obvious soul, but she sings her style of songs really well. Why did the producers have her sing that ridiculous Gia Farrell Hit Me Up song? So that she’d suck and get voted off so they could stage the “showdown of the Davids” and pump up the publicity for an already poorly watched season. I’m sure they want to avoid another Daughtry elimination and backlash from the fans. Personally, I’m longing for the days when Sindel was still tearing her vocal cords apart weekly (see above).
In other reality news, I was glad to see Marissa get the boot from DWTS. Now I’m pulling for Christian as the underdog. Plus he’s smoking hot (IMHO) and I’d love to see another Latin lover take the title. Screw Kristi, she never figured out how to express passion on the dance floor after all these weeks.