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weakling willy
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posted 26 August 2003 11:27 PM      Profile for weakling willy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So, where are progressives meant to stand on Canadian Idol? Two million Canadians are watching this turkey every week, and short of getting Billy Klippert to endorse Kyoto, how can this cultural form be turned to progressive ends?

Herewith some rambling thoughts on the show:

1. Canadian idol is low on Cancon. Can. music seems limited to Blue Rodeo, Sara M., and the same Gordon Lightfoot song. What of Canadian R&B? Canadian country?

2. There seems to be less lifestyle pornography than on the U.S. show -- ie. pointless segments with the contestants raving about living in a mansion and driving around in a limo. The contestants have started remarking that they aren't so into the star thing as in the U.S., perpetuating what may be a convenient myth about Canadian being more down to earth.

3. Will Audrey de Montigny win? Will she end up going out with Wilfred of StarAcadémie? Where would this leave the national question?

4. No politically questionable song choices to date, unlike the last American Idol where Ruben sang the reactionary southern anthem "Sweet Home Alabama," and all the contestants sang "God Bless the U.S.A." at least three times, further inflating the pro-war jingoism.

5. Ben Mulroney gives the most wooden performance I've seen since Angelo Mosca Jr. stopped wrestling. Seeing him reminds me of how Mulroney always looked terrified trying to figure out what to do with his hands when on a podium.

6. SHould Babblers intervene on the Canadian Idol board? Following Toya being voted off last week (and the loss of Mikey Bustos, who wanted to break the "Asian barrier" in Canadian entertainment, the week before), there was an interesting debate over whether Canadians were racist -- a debate that a few Babblers could have nicely sharpened (no doubt putting the CTV moderator's shorts in a knot).

[ 26 August 2003: Message edited by: weakling willy ]


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ghoris
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posted 27 August 2003 10:02 PM      Profile for ghoris     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I remember being in the room while my roommate was watching it. I think I walked out after Ben Mulroney congratulated a contestant by saying, "Man, that song had the mad flava!"
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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 28 August 2003 11:43 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
is it getting anywhere near the ratings that staracadémie received? i wonder what mad flava tastes like? suggestions on a postcard to ben mulroney. does ben look more like mila or brian?

it's glorified karaoke. i think the depressing thing is that people watched the US one to hear simon cowell insult people. in that way, it's got the same appeal as "america's funniest home videos" when you watched babies getting hurt or people falling off horses into water.

and really, is anyone that comes out of this candy machine going to be as good as even, say, the carpenters?

quote:
Sing, sing a song
Sing out loud
Sing out strong
Sing of good things not bad
Sing of happy not sad.

Sing, sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole life long
Don't worry that it's not
Good enough for anyone
Else to hear
Just sing, sing a song.



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kuba walda
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posted 28 August 2003 11:56 AM      Profile for kuba walda        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
i think the depressing thing is that people watched the US one to hear simon cowell insult people. in that way, it's got the same appeal as "america's funniest home videos" when you watched babies getting hurt or people falling off horses into water.

Real TV sucks. I think it was the birth of all these shows pop stars, survivor, etc etc. that caused me to pull the cable off the TV. The only thing I missed this winter was hockey - but I can go to my local sports bar and watch it with friends on the big screen. More incentive to get out anyhow.


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