May 29, 2008

Clay Aiken: Article in Today (Singapore) newspaper, May 29, 2008

Posted in Music tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:51 pm by myrlinn

Anyone see the article on Clay in today’s TODAY (Singapore)?

Clay Interview in Today, May 29, 2008

What a really good surprise to see this article! Made my day.

When a friend, a Clay fan, told me about it, I had to ask, “Is it a good article?” And when I in turn told another friend (so that she too could go find her own copy), she asked the exact same question.

How sad is it that we have to ask this question of one of the most clean-living celebrities around today!

And Clay addresses that in the interview, joking that: “That’s what’s so great about America,” he said, laughing. “One of our valuable amendments to the Constitution — freedom of the press — is also one of the crappiest. You can write anything you want. You don’t need to have any proof or any truth to what you write.”


Check out the rest of the article at the todayonline.com site:

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May 23, 2008

American Idol — the beginning of the end for the Cult of Simon?

Posted in Television tagged , , , , , , , at 9:25 am by myrlinn

The most noteworthy moments on American Idol Season 7 occurred during the top 2 performance and finale nights — when Simon Cowell declared a knock-out in favour of David Archuleta on performance night; then did a complete about-face the next evening, and actually apologised to David Cook! hah!

I did think David Cook started off a bit shaky on the first song, but he was fine with his second and third songs. From where I was sitting, I thought his second and third performances were not that much different in standard from past performances where he’d been praised as brilliant.

So why was Simon so harsh on David Cook on Top 2 night?

I think it was because David Cook refused to play the game. He made a point of saying at the top of the Top 2 performance night that as far as he’s concerned, the competition’s over. I remember thinking then: uh oh, you’ve cooked your goose. Simon will be mad, especially since he just said that he wants the final two to perform like they hate each other. Sure enough, he was over-the-top harsh on David Cook.

Of course, when he found out that David Cook had won (I definitely think that the judges had some idea who had won before the results were read), he had to save face.

Such a dramatic turnabout, If people don’t realise what a snake oil salesman he is after this turn of events…

Not that I have anything against Simon as a person, mind you.  I just dislike how he’s so sure he can manipulate the public every time he steps onto the Idol set.