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Top personal ‘Idol’ interactions of 2009

I took a genuine break from the blog world the past few days. I hope you all enjoyed your break, too.

So here are my six most notable personal interactions with “Idol” this past year:

- Running into Anoop Desai at the Amos Lee concert. This was the most random “Idol” moment of the year for me. It was just two weeks after Anoop was elmiminated from the show on May 7. I was walking down the concert aisle and a friend of mine said, “Isn’t that the guy from ‘Idol’?” We followed him to the concession stand and yes, it was Anoop. He was in town to see some friends and was a big fan of Lee. We talked briefly and got our pictures taken with him. But surprisingly, he got to sing “Crazy Love” with Lee during the encore, a song he was familiar with from his college singing group.

 

- Paula Abdul at “Drop Dead Diva” set. I had spoken to Paula Abdul just once before, during season three auditions in 2004. So it was a treat to catch up in Peachtree City right before she taped her fantasy judge sequence on the hit Lifetime dramedy “Drop Dead Diva.” She sounded pretty confident back in early July that she’d sign back with “Idol,” but in the end, she did not. Too bad.

Here’s her second cameo on the show, taped the day after she announced her departure (and a day I was not allowed to be on set.):

- The Ryan Seacrest interview. In October, Ryan Seacrest came into town to host a benefit for Ronald McDonald House. He also did a tour of the local Ronald McDonald House near Emory University. I got to walk the tour with him and sit down with the man for a few minutes to talk about “Idol.” He and I have crossed paths a few times over the years given his local connections. You can say what you will about the guy but he is still pretty darn down to earth and asked plenty of polite questions to me and my wife during the tour. And as you can see, he had fun with my hat:

- Getting booted from “Idol” auditions. I was welcome to the Georgia Dome portion of the auditions but when Simon, Randy, Kara and Mary J. Blige were at the Colony Square W Hotel in Midtown, I was told not to show up. So I did. I wanted to see how long it would take for someone to notice me and boot me out. I sat around in the lobby for about 10 minutes and nobody said a word. So I took out my camera and started taking pictures. It took about two minutes more before a guard came by and tattled on me. Publicist Alex Gillespie came by a minute later and escorted me out. I never saw the judges. I could hear the cheers and groans from the contestants on another floor and saw a couple of contestants get escorted to the room where they can vent one on one to the cameras. Outside, I realized I could take pictures of outdoor shots the Fox crew was taking of excited contestants who had just gotten their pass to Hollywood. Alex texted me to tell me to stop but since I was on public property across the street, she couldn’t do anything. Not that the photos were of any real use per se though if you recognize anybody, good for you. Here is one:

Idol-audition-shot

- The “Idols” live concert was one of the better ones I’ve seen (and I’ve seen all eight.). The depth of talent was there. Even the weakest talent wasn’t half bad. My batteries — including my backup — were virtually dead near the end of the concert. I had to charge one near one of the exits but had just enough power to catch most of the finale song, “Don’t Stop Believing.”:

-I saw a few “Idols” live this year and they all had their good points: Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Taylor Hicks on “Grease” and Jason Castro. But the best performance was Fantasia at the Fox Theatre playing Celie in “The Color Purple.”

18 comments Add your comment

JTesla

December 28th, 2009
11:32 am

It was a good “Idol” year Rodney.

Nana

December 28th, 2009
11:56 am

Good afternoon everybody.

Glad that all of you had a wonderful Christmas and time spent with family and friends. Mine was wonderful. Had 26 here Christmas evening for dinner, so I had a house full. Even Santa Claus paid a visit to hand out the gifts. The kids enjoyed that!! :) Already started cooking for New Years Day.

Dad just woke from his nap so I better go fix his lunch and give him his medicine. I will be back later.

BTW: WE, so glad you were able to join us here. It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from you.

kelly&carriefan

December 28th, 2009
12:07 pm

Rodney, seems you had a not-so-boring year in Idol. I quite like a list with random encounters (Anoooop dawg!) to the going not-so-secret spy at the Auditions. (I kept picturing THE hat and a trenchcoat for good measure!) The Idol interviews were fun to see. Thanks for sharing your experiences with the class, we’ve enjoyed going along for the ride.

As far as my “Top personal ‘Idol’ interactions of 2009,” well…no comment. But I’m hoping I’ll have one with the other half of my SN in 2010. I doubt it’ll be quite as “entertaining” as 09’s, but you never know… ;)

Deirdre

December 28th, 2009
12:14 pm

I was told not to show up. So I did.

LOL!!!!!!

Rich

December 28th, 2009
3:20 pm

Fantasia sounds (and looks) like a goat.

Rich is Tone Deaf

December 28th, 2009
4:58 pm

Rich – you must be tone deaf. I saw Fantasia in The Color Purple and was blown away by her voice AS WAS THE REST OF THE AUDIENCE.
And as for the comment about her looks, that’s rude and I would love to see what you look like.

harriett

December 28th, 2009
5:09 pm

Just peeking in for a quick hello. Mercedes, thanks for the reviews, and D and JT, I am thinking about Avatar. I want to see the Colin Firth movie, but so far this provincial town I live in has not seen fit to book it in any local theatre. I love Colin Firth! I went out and spent a Best Buy gift card today. I belatedly purchansed David Cook’s CD. I have been meaning to buy it so many times before, and considered the ITunes route, but changed my mind. I already had Adam’s CD and loved it, but I still hold Cookie as my favorite winner so far. I am really looking forward to the new season and to hearing from old friends on the blog. WE, it was great seeing you on here!

My Christmas was great, with church, family gatherings, presents to give/open, etc. It sounds like everyone else had a great one, too. Nana, I get tired just reading about all you do! :)

Elaine

December 28th, 2009
5:19 pm

Good afternoon!
Glad to hear that everyone had a good Christmas. Thank you Rodney for your “Idol” reports this year. I am looking forward to the start of the next season of “Idol”. Wondering what new surprises will be in store for the viewers.
Feeling a little bummed out that my favorite Idol, Adam, will not be performing New Years Eve on any of the networks, you would think that he has been punished enough. Gridlock is only going to be a live event in LA and is not going to be televised,filmed, or streamed according to Adam’s tweet. Hoping that it makes it on to youtube for January first from at least a few attendees.

Highlander

December 28th, 2009
5:33 pm

Howye! Glad everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Looking forward to a great New Year, too!

Isn’t it just 15 more days until Idol’s back??!!

Oh, and Rodney, when you’re on vacation/honeymoon and Deirdre is filling in, does she get to wear the hat? :-)

Deirdre

December 28th, 2009
6:24 pm

I want the hat but I don’t think Mrs. Rodney is going to let me have it! :-)

linny@home

December 28th, 2009
8:57 pm

To paraphrase what I posted on FB, remember to look for the good in everyone, then TELL them… it can’t hurt, and you never know, you may just be the voice or action that changes a person’s life. We are all angels unaware…. or could be!

It’s good to see all the folks posting away while I am in work-based exile. But my job is too important to chance, so I’ll see you in the evenings and all that. And good to see that WE and KPH are still slipping in now and then. Sure do miss Mike tho’ — haven’t seen too much of you here, tho’ i do follow you on FB, LOL.

Enjoyed the encounter list, Rodney. And while she’s not my favorite, I hear great things about ‘tasia’s work in Purple, and as I’ve said before, the moment I saw her audition, i had a strong feeling she was a winner. I just don’t like the screaming that so many women feel they MUST do to reach so-called high notes…I’d rather hear more control in the ranges that are natural for them, personally.

Happiest of new year celebrations and all to you all… remember, the best resolution are the ones you KNOW you can keep…. like, my biggest resolution is that i won’t make any resolutions…oh. wait. i just did. hmmmm…

Deirdre

December 29th, 2009
8:27 am

Morning!

Yesterday was Archie’s birthday. He turned 19. How did we miss that?????? ;-)

JTesla

December 29th, 2009
9:31 am

Next year it will be a national holiday.

Negativo

December 29th, 2009
11:23 am

It’s getting to be that time again! Happy New Year everyone.

Deirdre

December 29th, 2009
11:52 am

HEY NEG!!!!!!!! Happy New Year to you, too!

Anne-Marie

December 29th, 2009
2:04 pm

Rodney, you put the Don’t Stop Believing clip on here twice and left out the Ryan Seacrest interview clip altogether.

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Lewis Rosen

January 11th, 2010
1:32 pm

Trying to figure out how to send a suggestion to American Idol and Simon.
I feel an American Idol for seniors would be a smash hit. My dad who is now 82 has been a musician for 65 years, having played the trumpet and sang along with some of the biggest bands of the big band era. Can still sing and play a mean horn. 82 probably too old, but how about an Idol for those over 50 ? Would double the watching public and bring Idol to those of us not too interested in those who are 20. How can I reach someone to discuss ?