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The life and times of a girl named Swishy.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Damn you, American Idol

I don't know how you did it. I was noncommittal all season. Sometimes I'd watch, sometimes I wouldn't. Sometimes I'd flip the TV over to Fox for a couple minutes to see if I could pinpoint the exact substance Paula had been using, or to get a little Simon fix, or to study Jason Castro so I would know what one of my coworkers was talking about when he'd IM me "Jason Castro is A GIANT TOOL" every Wednesday morning. But right there at the end, when I least expected it, you sucked me in, American Idol. YOU SUCKED ME IN AND HUGGED MY SOUL AND BROUGHT TEARS TO MY COLD, CYNICAL EYES!



I love David Cook and I love this song and I love the way he sang it and I played it a million times at work today. And tonight, when big David had his arm around little David's shoulders, and Ryan Seacrest did his whole "Your American Idol is David (dramatic pause) Cook!" thing, I am not ashamed to say I completely got goosebumps and a tiny little lump in my throat, like I was being cuddled up in one giant, feel-good blanket.

(For the record, though, can I just say that I think Simon completely played all of America? I think he purposely called out David Cook during the finale just to make everyone rush to his defense with their mad little speed dialing and text messaging fingers. And you know what? IT WORKED. As soon as the show ended, even though I hadn't voted all season, I was like, I HAVE TO VOTE FOR DAVID COOK. Simon Cowell, mastermind and psychological genius. He could totally reverse-psychology the entire country into walking around without their pants if he wanted to, I just know it.)

Of course, David Cook probably could, too. IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

15 Comments:

At 9:12 AM, Blogger The Gang's All Here! said...

This is the funniest post of the events that I've read all morning. I've been sucked in from the beginning - when I saw his sweet audition tape with the acostic version of BonJovi's song. I called it then but my family mocked me. And now they're mocking me for my obssession and giddy joy. I can't win around here.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Golightly said...

i was jumping up and down cheering when they announced it. i was really scared david archuletta would win and he, I just don't get him one bit. Go David Cook and his winning speech and crying was just so heartwarming. I'm so happy for him :)

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger Beth said...

oh, I SO know what you mean! He is SOOOO cute!!! I really really like David Cook, so therefore, did not want him to win. I hate that he'll have that AI label forever, ya know? I hope it doesn't hurt him. But he was the better singer....Archie is young, he's got lots of time....

but the show was ONE LONG COMMERCIAL! UGH!!! I kept changing the channel...until 9:54pm!!!

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

I didn't watch all season- but I fully support anyone named Cook reaching fame and fortune.

 
At 2:51 PM, Blogger THopgood said...

I jumped up and down and did a little happy dance last night when he won!

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger Chrissy said...

I totally agree. I thought Simon played all of America too!

 
At 9:20 PM, Blogger Manic Mom said...

Y O U

A R E

S U C H

A

G R E A T

W R I T E R ! ! ! !

You just NAILED it! How did you come up with that whole thing about Simon and his mastermind scheme!?!?!? HOW DID YOU DO IT!?!?!?

And we're still having our Simon sandwich, are we not? I just love when he winks at you and me from his judging seat, don't you Swishy?

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger Melek said...

i think simon totally played america...you're absolutely right.

we DVR'd the show, so when we watched it, we were fast forwarding a lot. we get to the end, and as Ryan Seacrest said "and the American Idol 2008 Winner is...." the DVR ran out of tape or whatever and we didnt get to hear WHO won!! luckily we'd taped the following show too just in case, so we flip to that one. but there was about a 5 sec delay. so the davids are hugging each other and pointing and clapping and we're like, who won??? we finally figured it out. but i hated that i missed that one pivotal moment.

 
At 4:59 AM, Blogger Mary Ann said...

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At 11:29 AM, Blogger Mary Ann said...

Hmm, that's weird. I posted and it showed up twice, so I deleted one and now they're both gone. Anyway. Wanted to thank you for posting the link because my DVR cut off as he began to sing after being announced the winner. I loved your posting. You expressed perfectly the way I feel about David Cook. I understand that last "pants off" line, too. hehe

 
At 4:15 PM, Blogger Sara Hantz said...

I LOVE Idol. I also love both Davids, and kept changing my mind about which one should win. They're both so different.

 
At 1:30 AM, Blogger Eileen said...

I did not watch it this season, but got sucked in at the end, of course. David Cook seems like a sweetheart thou. Love his brother too, being so cool about things.

Your posts always make me smile.
XOXOX

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger La La said...

I think Simon masterminds them all, right?

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger Kristabella said...

I totally agree about Simon. He told Ellen or someone weeks ago he WANTED David Cook to win. I'm just glad that stupid Archie didn't win with his boring renditions of every song ever made. And I also want to make out with David Cook.

 
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