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I’ve caught the fever
Well I finally got it. American Idol fever.

I’ve never been a fan of the show. I tried to watch it several times but each time, my irritation with people that can’t sing got the better of me and I flipped the channel. I also couldn’t deal with how mean Simon was. Mean people annoy me.

My family, however, they are so into American Idol that each season, that was all that was discussed at family get togethers. I started to feel left out. So I ventured back in and tried to watch the show again, this time coming in towards the end of the season and just watching the top few. I still had a hard time enjoying the show.

But then they announced that Ellen Degeneres would be the new judge and since I find her pretty amusing, I decided to try again. So this season, I’m tuned in. And so far, I’m hanging in there. It helps that I have satellite now and can tape it and watch it at my convenience.

Now, since I’ve been tuning in, I see why Simon is so mean. Some of these people trying out should have had a friend tell them about their singing incapabilities. I mean, if I wanted to try out for American Idol, I hope someone would say, “Uhh Amanda, you sing okay in the car with the radio on really loud masking your voice. But all by yourself, not so much. Maybe you should stick to this newspaper writing thing.”

Apparently, some of these people’s friends aren’t very good friends. So, I appreciate Simon telling them how it is. I’ve caught myself sitting on the couch saying the same things that Simon says. “That was horrible, just horrible. My ears are crying.”

I’m pretty critical when it comes to music. Music is a place I go to when I need an escape. In college, when I was trying to figure out exactly how I could make a living writing, I decided I could be a songwriter. So I signed up for a song writing class. On the first day, when the teacher announced you have to actually sing the songs you write, I dropped out. That may have been when I decided journalism was a safer bet for me. So, I’ve been trying to take this American Idol thing seriously.  So far, I haven’t done well. One of my favorites was sent home last week. But I’m hopeful my top two favorites, Crystal Bowersox and Casey James, will be around for a while. They are both unique and bring something a little different to the show, I think. So those are my picks and if nothing else, they will give me something to add to the conversation at family functions.

As for next year, I’m not sure I’ll be tuned in for another season. I don’t know if my ears can handle it.

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