We’ve already pilloried the boys last night, who were mostly terrible. And overall, the two nights were so lackluster, you have to give Simon Cowell credit for cutting out when he is because this could be one painful season ahead of us.
So at least I got to play with Cover It Live. Let’s go over the pros and cons. I’m split on its usage. I enjoyed it last night more than Tuesday night, probably because I was getting used to the rhythm.
- People were definitely getting into it. We posted a whopping 2,621 comments over four hours, six times more than under normal blogging.
- No need to keep pressing refresh.
- You can get your snark on and receive instant reaction. Yes, folks like C-Dogg and Chuckles(TM) were able to keep us amused as we suffered through lame performance after lame performance.
- You can get questions answered instantly. I tested Kelly&Carrie Fan with “Idol” trivia and anybody who had any question about say, rumors regarding Michael Lynche, had them instantly resolved.
- I got to do instant polling, which enabled us to quickly see how folks felt about each contestant.
- With 25 to 30 people on at once, the screen comments went by way too quickly. It was hard to keep up. It probably works better with fewer people from that perspective.
- As noted in the “pros” area, some folks were far more amusing than what was going on on screen. But that also meant it was way too easy to miss the action on the TV.
- If you fell behind at all (say, using a DVR), you would quickly fall behind on Cover It Live.
- The polling is too instant. We gave John Park way too much credit because up to that ponit, everybody else was so atrocious. Once we saw Casey James and Andrew Garcia, it was clear John didn’t deserve as much support as we gave him.
- Personally, I had the arduous task of having to “let people in” anytime they arrived. And it maxed out at 25 so I’d have to take some folks off and add new ones.
I’ll post some miscellaneous “Idol” news in a bit. Clay Aiken, for instance, is now pushing for gay rights openly. Good for him! And Patti LaBelle, as we saw yesterday, slagged the judges for being too mean. I guess that’s news, sort of. Plus, Larry Platt, the “Pants on the Ground” dude, got a gig at the Mirage Hotel for one night in Las Vegas and will get paid, too, according to TMZ.