So, I promise I'll start my AI posts next week when the actual singing/voting commences. But I had some thoughts...
First of all: I hate it when contestants cry and whine and say "this was my last chance" or "this was the only way to support my family" or "if I don't make it here, it's over" because that's just crap.
Look, I know the music industry is hard. Harder than hard. To get ANYONE to look at you, let alone someone who can give you a record deal is akin to Dante's Inferno. I get it. I know it's tough. But you know what? It's NOT your last chance. You know why? You can get a job. You can go to college. Can't get into a University? Go to community college. Can't do that? Go to vocational school. Then get another job. Work hard, scrimp, save and then one day: Voila! You will have provided for your family. It may not be as easy as sudden fame, but it sure beats the heck out of "I'm all out of options! I might as well send my children to the sewer!"
Bugs me to death.
Had to get that out.
As far as this year's contestants go, I'm pleased. I think it's going to be a woman's turn to win. I'm really liking that Crystal Bowersox (although she might need some teeth-whitening. Just sayin'.)
Other contestants I'm digging:
I reserve the right to change my mind after I've heard them all sing, of course. Who do you like?