jlh: chibi of ryan and simon hugging (Ryan and Simon Chibi)
(this post was originally a comment on [personal profile] ignaz's post)

There's an angry post over at f_p about how Rymon fans were … cheated.

And I just have to say, did you see the show I saw? Because I saw Ryan's refusal to leave the general vicinity of the judges' table for longer than a few minutes at a time; I saw the strange and wonderful sharing of breath mints in that way where they both decide that whatever they are doing together is more important that moving the show forward, as if they aren't being broadcast live to millions of people around the world but instead are just in Simon's car or something; I saw Ryan actually choke up as he handed the microphone to Simon and tilt his head as if to say, "C'mon, man, don't make me talk right now"; I saw the cameras cut away from what happened next not, I think, because of fear of the ho-yay (I mean, what show are we talking about here?) but because it was an intensely personal moment; and I saw Simon, after saying many things, go back to hugging Ryan as soon as he could.

I love them. We'll still have the radio; we'll still have pap shots after dinner and vacations in Barbados and probably no wedding to Mezghan and the continuation of this epic thing that they're doing, so epic that sometimes watching it feels like eavesdropping even though I'm actually just watching a television show and they are two of the most self-conscious people ever. It didn't fade, it didn't die, and honestly didn't go entirely unacknowledged in the various video tributes.

And to put on my tin hat here, I think the fact that they didn't pump it up in the packages while they went on at length about Paula is partially about the tribute that Paula herself never received and clearly should have, and also about how whether they are fucking or not, Ryan and Simon have a real, personal relationship that isn't just about clowning around for the cameras. As entertained as I am by their antics, and as much as their interplay has kept me watching this show even when the singers didn't particularly interest me or actively pissed me off, their relationship isn't there in order to keep me entertained. It's real. And for me, not having Simon Fuller do some bullshit package, which would have been couched in all the usual "it's just a bromance" crap, was actually a sign of respect.

Godspeed, Simon Cowell. See you next fall.
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I find that I have two big things to say about last night's Idol finale, and they don't belong in the same post.

A small thing, first: It's unfortunate that the producers of the show don't know how to say no. Remember back in seasons 5 & 6 when the celebrity guests were each tied to a finalist, as a kind of inspiration? Remember Blake and Doug E Fresh and how amazing that was? Ever since Prince showed up, played a song, and fucked off it's just become a series of completely unrelated appearances by old timers promoting their summer nostalgia tours. Yick. Other than Janet probably the best performance was from the pants on the ground guy, who was fucking awesome.

Okay, about the winner. )
jlh: chibi of ryan and simon hugging (Ryan and Simon Chibi)
Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] thalialunacy and her [livejournal.com profile] pinecity ways:


I can totally squeeze 15,000 words out of the epic that is the final season of Rymon on American Idol, so this adds nothing to my current writing schedule. I already have a sense of what I want to do, and this gives me the space to really let it play out. Exciting, because while I've certainly written long fics I've never done a big bang before!

Happily I don't need to do a big bang for the ST Hollywood AU because I made my own mixes for it and [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe is doing some art for me. I might also do that Ryan/Esposito ficathon; I haven't decided quite yet. 3000 words really isn't so much and I do love a little ship.

Also, my favorite idol recap for last night, from the Village Voice, in which Ryan is favorably compared to Sinatra.
jlh: chibi of ryan and simon hugging (Ryan and Simon Chibi)
Top 5 do Sinatra! is the idol recap.

I also posted a poll about the Real Housewives.
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Sorry I forgot to link on DW to Tuesday night's Idol recap: no country, now that country is cool?

cut for discussion of, you know, the elimination )

But hey, wasn't Top Chef Masters awesome last night? I liked that even though they had a "high stakes quickfire" that meant the quickfire winner automatically advanced, the chef who won that was second in the elimination round and therefore would have advanced anyway.
jlh: chibi of ryan and simon hugging (Ryan and Simon Chibi)

Top 7 do inspirational songs. Don't forget to vote in the poll!
jlh: chibi of ryan and simon hugging (Ryan and Simon Chibi)
Hey Daddy, will you save me? )

SO INSTEAD let's play what should they sing. This week: Beatles, but only the Lennon/McCartney stuff. (Sadly no George songs.) Here are all 161 songs commercially released (other than that Anthology stuff) in chronological order:

161 songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney )

I predict:
  • Andrew may do that slow hipster version of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"
  • Tim will unwisely work against his made-for-teeny-bop persona and sing something off Let It Be or the b-side of Abbey Road
  • Aaron will wisely work with his made-for-teeny-bop persona and sing something off Please Please Me or With the Beatles
  • Big Mike will do something with strings, maybe "Yesterday" or "Golden Slumbers"
  • Siobhan will do a song she's been singing with her dad since she was three and totally kill it, probably something post-Sgt. Pepper.
  • Katie will continue to be as boring as possible and sing "Here There and Everywhere" or maybe "In My Life."
  • Casey (who said he's going acoustic this week) will be mad that he can't do a George song (you know he wants "While My Guitar Gently Weeps") and will settle on "Norwegian Wood" or maybe "Mother Nature's Son" (in a different key)
  • Lee will sing one of the many miscellaneous rock songs, but probably not "Helter Skelter" even though that's what he should choose.
  • Crystal will sing whatever the hell she wants to sing and be awesome, because she probably knows every single one of those songs backwards and forwards. The producers will try to talk her out of singing something relatively obscure, like "Hey Bulldog". If she sings "Why Don't We Do It In the Road" my twitter feed will implode.
  • [livejournal.com profile] honestys_easy suggests that Lilly would have sung a John song. Maybe "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" or "Julia" or "She Said She Said"?
jlh: chibi of ryan and simon hugging (Ryan and Simon Chibi)
Okay, I'm not sure if this is a new thing because I'm not always up on all the latest, but iTunes is giving us a list of the songs that the idols have to choose from for R&B week next week. If you have iTunes you can get it here, but since [livejournal.com profile] honestys_easy, my partner in WWLD (What Would Lilly Do), doesn't, I have put the list below.

So, what would you choose for the idols? I've crossed out everything that's been sung this season:

the list )

Lots of old and not a lot of new on that list. Stupid producers.
jlh: chibi of ryan and simon hugging (Ryan and Simon Chibi)
Most of the results shows are dull, but that was terrible.

In the face of such ennui, I fall back on old tropes. )
jlh: chibi of ryan and simon hugging (Ryan and Simon Chibi)
You know how much I love the group sings, but if I can't have that because D.Cook decided to sing Jumping Jack Flash, I'm all right.

[insert time is on my side joke here] )


Mar. 10th, 2010 11:24 pm
jlh: chibi of ryan and simon hugging (Ryan and Simon Chibi)
Well that was snoozy and just generally annoying, wasn't it? I don't even know what to recap here.

zzzzzz )
jlh: chibi of ryan and simon hugging (Ryan and Simon Chibi)
Okay that opening with all the girls standing in a row was LOL-tastic, especially Crystal's eyebrow raise-head tilt. I want her by my side in a bar fight I tell you what.

are you in or are you out? )
jlh: chibi of ryan and simon hugging (Ryan and Simon Chibi)
Girls, so much better than the boys. But when they were bad, they were horrid.

The unofficial theme of the night: little blonde white girls sing soul, with mixed results. )

I'm voting for Crystal, Lilly, Katelyn, Siobahn, and maybe Paige just because she's adorable.


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