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Hungover from last night’s awful ‘Idol’ night, let’s review Cover It Live

Cover It Live

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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.

Pros:

- 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.

Cons
- 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.

38 comments Add your comment

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
11:22 am

Rodney, I thought it was more “pro” than “con.” I actually enjoyed it, despite the stated drawbacks. I got into the spirit of things, finding I was much more spontaneous than usual. Sort of dangerous, since you don’t really have time to ponder, but just go ahead and say what’s on your mind. Works sometimes, and other times not so much. MHO

JTesla

February 25th, 2010
11:24 am

Wait, Clay Aiken is gay? Why didn’t anybody tell me that ;)

I liked coveritlive, but I’m not voting as I will not be using it during the season unless it is done on results show nights. In my mind it’s really up to the live-blog crowd to decide that.

RxDawg

February 25th, 2010
11:40 am

I posted this on the other post right when this one was put up, so I’ll put it here:

Mike S, I don’t agree with everything you said, but I do agree with the principle point. I think Idol has been doing too much behind the scenes. If shows like last nights continue, they will lose viewers. It might be time for a different philosophy. The show works by itself. If you stick in talented people and let the public vote, it will work. I swear some of those guys are in because of persona they represent, and not their voice. Idol seems to be pushing for diversity for the sake of PC. They also seem to be pushing for style over substance. I could care less what they look like vs how good they sound. I’m thinking Ricky Brady last year is a fine example. If Idol keeps giving us crap like that, I’m going to find my fast forward button more often. I’m also going to look a little less foward to the next episode. Eventually there will be a tipping point.

That said, I do think they put through several good girls.

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
11:50 am

I am gone for the rest of the day. Meetings all afternoon, but see you tonight. Nana, where are you?

Norman Buchanan

February 25th, 2010
11:54 am

The blog was FAR more interesting than the show! With the talent, if you can call it that this year, and then Ellens insipid and foolish remarks we need something to keep us interested. AT LEAST WE CAN BE THANKFUL FOR SIMON!

kelly&carriefan

February 25th, 2010
12:01 pm

My take on CoverItLive:

I’m definitely on the “pro” side. The fast pace, while might take a bit to get used to, makes for a more fun intereaction. I prefer that to the old way, which is why before I’d been absent and just posting the next day.

While it does take some of the focus off of the TV screen, it made the show a lot more entertaining. I’m not gonna lie, y’all, if it hadn’t been for y’all, I wouldn’t have watched.

I sort of see it as “enhanced” Idol. It’s almost like watching it with 25 friends, who know their stuff.

I’m fond of the trivia questions (keep them coming, Rodney!), and random name dropping from folks like Chuckles. And also, I like the “real-time” interaction with the ol’ regulars and the newbies who drop by.

KPH

February 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

Hey Harriett.

Lon

February 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

The show became wearisome when they went to 4 judges. The crew this year is even worse. Still waiting for Ellen to say something funny, or at least stop talking when she runs out of something to say. The former singing competition has become a dull judging competition.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

February 25th, 2010
12:30 pm

I DVR Idol and have only watched seven of the 12 so far. (I don’t mind reading spoilers). Just had to post and say that I really liked Tyler. I don’t care if it’s cliched, it was good. More importantly, it was hot. I will likely spontaneously combust when I see Casey. Men with long hair can croon at me anytime. I was surprised that I liked Lee Dewyze, but I did. I didn’t hate Tim as much as the judges did.

My husband had a similar “that’s hot” reaction to Didi, although we both love Crystal. I just adored Lilly Scott when I saw her, and my husband had an equally negative reaction. Katelyn drove me CRAZY in a bad way with her grin as she sang that she nearly fell down and died. And both of us were angry with Lacey for two reasons: 1) getting our hopes up by singing one of our favorite songs (Landslide) and 2) butchering said song.

Nana

February 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

I’m here, but have been in bed sick for two days, and had to make a trip to work this morning to turn in my keys and employee ID badge. Am home now and I’m officially without a job, so that makes me a retired person!!!!!!! :) Don’t know what I will do with my time, but I will not miss getting up around 2:30 in the morning and driving an hour and haft to get to work.

I missed both shows this week, so I can’t make any comments about them, but I do plan to watch the eliminations tonight.

Rosita

February 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Rodney, I think coveritlive would be fun for the Kentucky Derby but not so much for a two-hour show. However, I didn’t really use it so don’t give my input the same weight as those who did and liked it.

Rosita

February 25th, 2010
12:44 pm

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
12:45 pm

I’m back…the dress will fit beautifully!

Re coveritlive. Last night was better than Tuesday. My feeling was that it wasn’t as frenetic as the first night most of the time. I still missed a lot of what other people said because I was actually watching the show(not a good thing last night but most of the time it is)

As far as the speed is concerned…I’m not all that impressed. This blog is pretty fast, at least it’s fast enough for me so I’m not sure why there was a problem in the first place. Yes you can get A LOT more posts in with c-i-l but, if I can’t read all the posts, what’s the point?

I like that we got a lot of people joining us on c-i-l but, since it limits Rodney to a certain number…there’s not much point there either.

One question: Rodney, do you get credit at the AJC for all those hits? If so, then I won’t object to you continuing. It’s obviously a lot more than you get here even though we have hit 5 pages at times.

My biggest objection is that regulars who only want to comment occasionally during the show don’t bother to comment at all. And since this blog has always been inclusive, it seems unfair to go to a place that some people are not going to use.

One of those people could be me. I don’t feel like I can give an honest opinion of a singer without listening AND watching that singer. With c-i-l, I feel torn between typing and watching(some people can do both…I am not those people)

Whatever you decide will be ok.

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
12:52 pm

Apparently Whitney Houston could have been a singer on Idol last night:

http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=484201&GT1=28102

Nana

February 25th, 2010
12:59 pm

Deirdre, what color is your dress?

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

sage green, Nana! And congrats on your retirement. Sorry you went into it sick!

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
1:07 pm

Or Emerald green…..I have 2 dresses.

JTesla

February 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

Whitney could have sung last night? That’s a real good tuck n’ tape job there!

Congratulations Nana!

Rosita

February 25th, 2010
1:18 pm

Deirdre
I love your comment about inclusiveness, so typical of you!

Nana

February 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

Thanks for the congrats! I am going to traveling down a new path, one that I’ve never traveled, but am looking to it. I have worked for 50+ years, so it’s time I call it quits. I can now spend more time with my dad, and my two newest babies, who by the way, are still doing good. After Robin’s scare last week, we are thankful for each day. Looks like they will be in the hospital for a couple more months, but if that’s where they need to be, so be it. We just want them well and healthy.

The color sounds great Deirdre. Now this is Mr. Boston’s wedding, correct? I hope he and his lovely wife to be has a wonderful wedding and life together.

Saturday, my dad has a retirement/birthday (2/28) dinner planned for me, so I know I need to be well by then. Sure don’t want my dad to get this mess that I have.

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
1:32 pm

Yes, Nana. Mr Boston or the strawberry blond(since we were discussing redheads yesterday)is the one getting married. Thanks for the good wishes.

Rosita, it only seems right to include everyone rather than just the techno savvy or the speed-lovers. I can certainly see the advantages to c-i-l but I’m disturbed by the disadvantages more.

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
1:49 pm

Here’s a clip of one of my favorite former Idols, Michael Johns, singing his next single(thanks to mj):

http://twaud.io/2yb

Rickster

February 25th, 2010
1:55 pm

Nana… we’re all envious that you’re retired. (But we’re sorry you’ve not been feeling well.)

Re: the two live shows – you didn’t miss much.

RK

February 25th, 2010
2:18 pm

I love live blogging…aka chat. It is so much easier to converse.

Negativo

February 25th, 2010
2:57 pm

OT: According to Dial Idol, the bottom two females are Siobhan and Kaitlyn. Granted, the margins for error have them bubbled to anywhere from 2nd to 12th, but WTF??

Only two are deemed safe: Katie and Andrew.

JTesla

February 25th, 2010
3:07 pm

If Siobhan is eliminated I’ll move to Canada.

Dial Idol wasn’t very accurate last year, but historically it has had a more difficult time during the top 24 phase.

C-Dogg

February 25th, 2010
3:09 pm

I really enjoyed participating on the live blog last night.What makes this blog different(and to me more enjoyable)is the fact that the people on here are real fans of the show who know their facts and are not on here to start rude and meaningless verbal fueds.Everybody seemed to be having a good time and i agree with kelly&carriefan that it serves as an “enhanced idol” experience.

kelly&carriefan

February 25th, 2010
3:10 pm

LOL, JT…you know, after all the Olympic footage, I’ve seen, that wouldn’t be bad! It’s is GORGEOUS up there!

PS. I’m predictable. So, two of my favorite things, Carrie and softball. Even better when it’s Carrie PLAYING softball:

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20100225006568&newsLang=en

(Hmm, Nashville Summer Road Trip….perhaps!)

Rosita

February 25th, 2010
3:21 pm

My top two: Siobhan and Lee
Second two: Crystal or Lilly and Aaron or Alex

Rickster

February 25th, 2010
3:25 pm

By the way, Rodney. If I haven’t lately, thank you for the Carrie clips from “How I Met Your Mother.”
:-)

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
3:33 pm

First, thank you, thank, you, thank you, JT, Deirdre, kelly&carriefan, Harriet and Rosita!

Then, get well, Nana, and congrats on retirement.

Just back from my event, which I attended thinking it would be time away from Idol chatter. Wrong! It was all the group wanted to talk about. One woman was convinced Simon is sabotaging the show by picking all these subpar contestants. Most thought Kara ought to control her icky cougar leanings – if Simon or Randy behaved like that with a female singer, it would be seen as sexual harassment.

I’m all for coveritlive during the time the performances are on. I’ve had to be a speed reader in my job, so I had no problems keeping up with the posts, some of which were hilarious. A con: my bad typing slowed me down – can’t stand to submit misspelled copy, so I’d read my comment, correct mistakes, and this took time. Still, I enjoyed seeing everybody put in their two cents.

Negativo, can’t believe Siobhan is in the bottom two. This is a kid I want to see go to the final 4, if not further.

In honor of the current Idol season, I bought a new nail polish. It’s called “Madness”, by Chanel.

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
3:44 pm

C-Dogg…you get the same people on this format during live blogging(well, mostly the same) as you do on live blogging on c-i-l. And thanks for the compliments.

RxDawg

February 25th, 2010
3:48 pm

“If Siobhan is eliminated I’ll move to Canada.”

Haha, I’ll second that.

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
4:15 pm

I was going to do another post today before the results show about Patti and Clay and Larry but I guess what I wrote in this entry was enough for now. Off to the health club! The results show entry will pop up here at 6 p.m. EST.

JTesla

February 25th, 2010
5:46 pm

One of these times I want to hear Rodney say “well I’m going to spend the rest of the evening lounging on my counch consuming vast amounts of dairy products”

No, not Rodney. Always off to the health club or playing tennis.

VJ

February 25th, 2010
5:56 pm

Well, David Archuleta had me hooked from the moment he stepped on the stage, & he still has me hooked two years later. He owned the stage with this ability to draw me in, and a fierceness that said, “I love what I’m doing, and I am here to stay.”

That’s what I feel is missing from this group, Aaron Kelly included. It’s not that they aren’t talented, but they haven’t shown me they know how to connect with an audience, or that they have the confidence and passion to maintain a career. Lee DeWyze, to me, is the exception. He said he wanted to be onstage forever, so I think he’ll do his best to make that happen. My vote went to Lee. Otherwise, this season so far is “just alright for me.”

Graham

February 25th, 2010
8:30 pm

Last night was great – aside from the singing.

Lisa

April 7th, 2010
11:25 am

Did anyone watch American Idol last night? Was there a Victorias Secret ad in it?