RUBEN IS MY (AMERICAN) IDOL

Let me start this blog by stating that I am not, I repeat NOT into reality television. I have a friend at work who has seen every reality series that has been on television, including the spectacular Temptation Island, and I had to write her a very special Top 10 about her reality TV addiction (if I find it, I’ll post it). I confess that in the 90’s I got into MTV’s The Real World (2 – LA, 9ish – New Orleans) because each featured a committed Christian and I was fascinated to see how they would navigate an MTV show and survive the persecution and mocking. The rest of The Real World Series didn’t interest me. I have never watched Survivor, and The Bachelor is single for a reason. I might actually watch the one about comics because I like to laugh and because it’s on network TV the comedy will have to be somewhat clean… but I will probably pass on it. TV is so saturated with reality shows right now that I couldn’t help but laugh when the most recent, the one about models, was announced. Let’s face it… I watch TV to AVOID reality.

I have not watched American Idol, either. I know enough about the shows because Houston DJ’s can’t avoid talking about it the morning after an American Idol show, especially since top ten finalist Kimberly Caldwell was from Katy, a suburb of Houston. After all the oohing and ahhing over Ruben Studdard you’d think I’d tune in, but I resisted. So, while at home today (you know, I’m semi-unemployed) I heard that Oprah was doing a show behind the scenes of American Idol. I thought, “Wow, I can watch one hour and be caught up on the whole thing!” I saved myself countless hours by doing this, trust me.

HOWEVER, once I heard Ruben sing, well, let’s just say I have kicked myself repeatedly for the last hour. I probably won’t watch American Idol tonight (come on, there are two NBA playoff games on tonight) but the minute the man puts out a CD, I will own it.

I do know, however, why I did not allow myself to get caught up in this show… I’d have too many nightmares about the evil things I’d want to do to Simon.

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