Idol’ matters… No, seriously!
I used to be the biggest fan of “American Idol,”
but by now most of us know it’s jumped the shark.
After a string of bland winners – Kris Allen,
Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery – we realize that
the show will most likely disappoint us after
its long process of sifting and winnowing. Viewership
has dropped by 30 percent this year, so clearly
the secret is out.
The only people who haven’t gotten the message
are the judges and host Ryan Seacrest. They
remain in a perpetual state of awe about their
run-of-the-mill contestants, with no blunt Simon
Cowell on hand to provide a reality check. “One
of your Idols will soon become music royalty!”
Ryan crows, seeming to believe what he’s saying.
Jennifer Lopez regularly shows us her goosebumps
after a ho-hum performance, and Steven Tyler
is so impressed by the singers that he’s run
out of superlatives.
I’m inclined to pretend I’m excited about the
season finale (Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 p.m.,
Fox). So come on, everybody! Let’s tune in and
(wink, wink) watch one of our Idols become music
‘Pregnant in Heels’
Tuesday, 9 p.m. (Bravo)
Rosie Pope is a “maternity concierge” who helps
wealthy clients through the pregnancy process.
That might sound like typical trumped-up reality-show
nonsense, but Rosie’s presence redeems “Pregnant
in Heels.” She has a cute speech impediment,
a quick wit, and a protective feeling toward
her clients, even as she rolls her eyes over
During the second season, Rosie seeks out a
therapist to help cure her speech impediment.
That will make her slightly less adorable to
me, but maybe it’s for the best. I have to keep
reminding myself not to fall in love with reality-TV