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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lee DeWyze Wins 'American Idol,' World Braces Itself For Milquetoast Cover Of "Beautiful Day"

Last week I said my money was on 24-year-old Illinois paint clerk Lee DeWyze winning American Idol over Crystal Bowersox, and, well—no surprise—it's the third year in a row a guitar-strummin' white dude was crowned the king of this show. Good for Lee, though. He really does look like every frat guy I went to college with. And that gets me kind of hot.

No, I think the real shocker was the point where all the former Idol winners (minus David Cook) came out to sing "We Are One" to Simon Cowell (who's departing the series after nine seasons to head up the American version of The X Factor)—and we got a camera-adds-140-lbs. glimpse of Kelly Clarkson.

Much love for Kelly, but damn, girl—I honestly didn't recognize her at first.

Anyway, congrats, Lee. Can't wait till your your crappy cover of U2's "Beautiful Day" (already on iTunes!) charts at #17 and then never makes it onto your album this November.

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  • At 3:36 AM, Anonymous Johnny D said…

    Yeah I think Simon Cowell is jumping ship at the right time. It's becoming a little bit like America's Next Top Model, in that the Audience knows that nothing will really become of the winner. I mean has any winner since Kelly Clarkson acheived any kind of long lasting fame or longevity? Other than Glamberace, I doubt anyone outside of the USA could even name a winner or runner up.

  • At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh, Chartrigger, love you but fat jokes don't become you... I expect your barbs to be more clever than that.

    So annoyed Lee won... but don't know why I expected a different outcome from seriously the worst Idol season ever. I now wait for my beloved 10th place finisher, Didi, to release a CD, which will sell exactly 38 copies.

  • At 1:53 PM, Blogger countpopula said…

    Hey D'Luv, you must have lived in Cali for too long to make those poorly veiled weight comments about Kelly. It didn't look to me as though she were any larger than Jordin Sparks. Seriously, would you be making similar comments if she was a girl of color? Maybe a Jennifer Hudson? Regardless of weight, these girls are some of the best singers the Idol stage has ever or will ever see. Maybe you should take another Pittsburgh vacay to remember what real people look like.

    --Living in PA

  • At 2:27 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    they should have sung Same Difference's We R One. that's the only way this finale would have been remotely interesting...

  • At 7:54 PM, Blogger Patrick said…

    Well, I have to admit that I didn't recognise Kelly at first either...is the poor thing eating her feelings away?

  • At 10:50 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Johnny D, Carrie Underwood is a hugely popular country music artist here. But other than that...

    K.I.A.T.W.F., I swear that "1" somehow accidently slipped into that "camera adds 40 extra lbs" comment -- a blunder that has inspired ire from Countpopula, especially! (see below)

    Countpopula, you seem very personally offended, so allow me to say a few things in response:

    1. I truly did not recognize Kelly when she walked on stage. As she was the first one to walk out, I didn't know this was going to be a segment featuring all the Idol winners, otherwise, with prior notice, I would have of course at least known it would be Kelly Clarkson walking out first. She has clearly gained weight since the last time at least *I've* seen her on TV, or in a music video, which impeded me from recognizing her.

    2. Re: your comment "Seriously, would you be making similar comments if she was a girl of color? Maybe a Jennifer Hudson?", I really don't understand that question. Are you implying I'm somehow racist? Don't get your point.

    3. Just want to reinforce that my point was really that I was surprised to see Kelly Clarkson's weight gain. I understand there are people of all sizes in this world, but this was about me viewing one particular person on television last night who was not that same size the last time I caught her on TV. It was not an attack on anyone, nor was it a commentary on anyone else but Kelly Clarkson (an artist I happen to be fond of, by the way).

    4. There are plenty of real people in California! And I've taken potshots at thin folks 99.9% of the time (Girls Aloud, Madonna, Xtina - hell,just about every pop singer alive). Surprised I never heard you complain then...?

    Paul, or Six's "Let Me Be The One"!

    Patrick, I wouldn't say that in public if I were you! (See above)

  • At 12:37 AM, Blogger countpopula said…

    Hey D'Luv--in response--

    I am not personally offended by your comments, nor do I wish to infer that you are a racist, so I apologize if that was how it read on screen. I guess I feel like Kelly has really been through a lot with all the focus on her size, when honestly, it's her voice that matters, and continuously focusing on weight issues can cause serious harm to those they are directed at. You may not have brought them up in the past, but others have a lot. While you may not be a racist, I do believe there is a double standard in the world of pop music when it comes to being a large white girl as opposed to being a large girl of color. It is just an observation that there have been many African-American girls in recent years who have been plus-sized that have been able to score record deals and sell many records too (J. Hudson, Angie Stone, Missy Elliott) and further back (Latifah, Aretha, Cece Winans, and numerous disco, jazz and gospel ladies). The only white woman I can think of recently would be Beth Ditto (and she hasn't sold very many), and going back further doesn't add too many to that list (Alison Moyet, Ann Wilson, Carnie Wilson, Cass Elliott, etc.)

    I understand where you are coming from, but these comments can be damaging, and even if Kelly never reads this blog, they can start a wave of criticism. It's not like you were going out of your way to also mention how slim Ruben Studdard has recently become as well. The potshots that you have taken in the past at the others you mentioned always seemed to be very tongue in cheek, while this had more resonance relating to her physical stature and presence.

    I never thought I'd be a Clarkson advocate, and I am not saying you are wrong. I would just hope you might choose something more tactful next time, like "she could've gotten that hair out of her face", or "are you going to a funeral with all that black on?" It's your blog though, so you can and should say what you want. I just couldn't let it go without some defense.

    All this being said, I love your blog, and read it religiously. I also know people have said bitchier things than me!

    Nice to know there are real people in Cali, though I was told they all live in San Diego!

  • At 12:42 AM, Blogger countpopula said…

    I guess you could also add Adele to my list of plus-sized white girls with recent success.


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