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‘Idol’/'X Factor’ coverage migrated here

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For fans of the AJC  “American Idol” blog, the content has migrated here.

There is also a dedicated page for “Idol” fans here. As I’ve already done this week, I’ll be tracking “X Factor” as well.

And for folks who normally read this blog and have no interest in “Idol” or “X Factor,” no worries. My coverage of other radio and TV-related topics will continue unabated.

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linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

September 24th, 2011
12:17 am

Just hope Rodney and his bride are having a wonderful time!! And hope most of our AI family moves right in!

Rodney Ho

September 24th, 2011
7:27 am

I leave tomorrow! Anyway, X Factor ratings held at 12.5 million on Thursday, identical to Wednesday. According to the New York Times, expectations from Fox and even rivals was in the neighborhood of 20 million, which is what I figured, too. So “X Factor” is not even close to meeting the hype. And sadly, the product has not lived up to the hype at all. It hasn’t even reached the 18-49 demo numbers of “The Voice,” which I think clearly sucked a lot of the wind from “X Factor’s” sails. The show does not add much to the equation so far and while I like L.A. Reid, an upgrade from Randy Jackson, Nicole is superfluous and the host Steve Jones has been a void of personality. And like I have said before, they are letting bad singers suck it on stage for way too long and giving us a surfeit of actual talent. I’m disappointed and not actually upset I’ll be missing next week. I am curious about boot camp. Have fun talking about that. Question: should I create blog entries in advance for you to talk about the show? I can!

Deirdre

September 24th, 2011
8:45 am

If you want to create new entries, Rodney, go ahead. Maybe a fresh thread every 3 or 4 days will help. You’ve spoiled us! However, if you’re swamped with packing and last minute details, then we will find a way to manage. Have fun! And don’t let Helen wear blonde wig! ;-)

Deirdre

September 24th, 2011
9:32 am

Oh and I totally agree with you on X-Factor. It comes across as stale, almost old-fashioned. Maybe that will change when “boot camp” starts but really, isn’t that just Hollywood with more interference from the judges?

JTesla

September 24th, 2011
11:32 am

Rodney, spot on analysis of X-Factor, it was as if I wrote that myself, except for the use of “surfeit” of course. Enjoy the vacation.

Tony

September 24th, 2011
3:21 pm

Damn, I wanted to read about radio and television. Looks like this blog is going to be used to follow two television shows that I care nothing about. I’m outta’ here.

Deirdre

September 24th, 2011
4:31 pm

Tony, the radio and tv part of the blog will return after Rodney’s vacation. Hang in there and you won’t be stuck with this section of the blog

JTesla

September 24th, 2011
6:36 pm

Nice try Tony. All anyone has to do is scroll down the Radio and Television blog list to see blogs on far more than two shows.

Rodney Ho

September 24th, 2011
7:42 pm

@Tony. This blog will continue to cover plenty of non-”Idol” and “X Factor” topics. Even while on vacation, I’ll be posting topics that I wrote in advance.

SAWB

September 25th, 2011
1:17 am

Always liked X Factor, but without Scully and Mulder not sure I’ll watch…

Deirdre

September 25th, 2011
7:18 am

Highlander

September 26th, 2011
7:13 am

So this is our new home? I think the walls could use some fresh paint! :D

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
7:29 am

Morning!

As most of you know by now, Rodney is on vacation. two more new threads will be posted for the Idol X portion of this blog. A few will also be posted in the Radio & TV section. My understanding is that comments are closed in the R & TV section because he is not there to moderate. Comments are open here because we do have a moderator. Deirdre sheepishly raises her hand While this is a good thing, I also foresee problems with others having nothing better to do than to be annoying. However, I hope we take the high road and encourage new folks to join in.

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
8:58 am

Will anyone else be watching Terra Nova tonight? Would you be interested in writing a brief review of it for the blog tomorrow? How about a DWTS fan….anyone interested in reviewing that show this week?

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
9:18 am

zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Harriett

September 26th, 2011
9:25 am

Good morning! Sorry to leave you all alone, Deirdre! I just got into my office. The entire University campus was without power when I arrived for work at 7:30 AM, but was gradually coming on, little by little an hour later. I just got my computer turned on, so I am late arriving.

I have a class tonight but will be home by 7:30 or so. What time does Terra Nova come on? Is DWTS on at the same time? I know Nana watches DWTS religiously, but don’t know if she will be willing to do a review. Where is Mercedes? She’d probably write a wonderful review. If no one else volunteers, I will watch TN and try to write my impressions.

Rodney Ho

September 26th, 2011
9:25 am

Hey. Just woke up from nearly 11 hours of blissful sleep in Aruba just to say hey and realize in my comment analysis of “X Factor,” I accidentally used the word “surfeit of actual talent” when I meant a “massive deficit of actual talent.” I’m just happy it’s EST here, too! Off to the beach!

Harriett

September 26th, 2011
9:27 am

Have fun, Rodney! I am finally here to keep Deirdre company!

JTesla

September 26th, 2011
9:29 am

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
9:32 am

Rodney…I hate you! (jk)

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
9:34 am

Harriett, Mercedes is in, as she said the “old country” at the moment. don’t remember when she said she would return but I emailed directions to her to get here when she returns.

Nana

September 26th, 2011
9:38 am

Good Morning!

Deirdre, I can record DWTS and watch Terra Nova. I have seen it advertised and it looks pretty good. I can always watch DWTS in the morning.

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
9:39 am

I’ve been trying to write a brief review of Pan Am but it won’t post for some reason

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
9:40 am

I actually liked the show, which surprised me

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
9:41 am

Doing this one sentence at a time to see what the objection is

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
9:41 am

It was nice to remember what flying used to be like.

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
9:41 am

The flight attendants are treated with a lot of respect by the writers.

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
9:47 am

I actually kind of liked the show, which surprised me.

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
9:49 am

I had a lot more to say but Pacman won’t let me say it no matter how I switch the words around.

Harriett

September 26th, 2011
9:59 am

Deirdre, I was a bit disappointed in Pan Am. I was expecting a higher grade show–something like Mad Men in the air. A higher quality dialogue and story line. I thought the flying stuff was pretty accurate and interesting–the airport, the planes, the uniforms, the perception of the women. And, yes, I agree they were treated with lots of respect by the writers–probably a lot more than they actually got “in the day.”

Sam-A

September 26th, 2011
10:00 am

Not watching TN, since I can’t figure out why they’d have to go back multiple millions of years to “correct mistakes to save the current world”. That seems a stupid premise for me. My only set show tonight is “Castle” which I love after discovering it last season (sadly missed the first one). Usually flip back and forth betw the “Bev Hills H-wives” (the ONLY one other than NY I watch – no NJ and ATL trash for me – just like to peek in at the mansions and jewels of actual rich people, not pretends like NJ and ATL) and DWTS.

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
10:10 am

Harriett, I agree. I’m one of the few who is not a fan of Mad Men but I thought the flying scenes were well done. Lot’s of opportunity for stories with new passengers every week. I’d hate to think that it could turn into a new version of the Love Boat however. Christina Ricci didn’t have much of a story but maybe, since she’s the only well known cast member, they think we’d be willing to wait for it.

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
10:11 am

I’ll be watching Terra Nova tonight. I can’t resist a good dinosaur!

Sam-A

September 26th, 2011
10:17 am

I’ve become hooked via Comcast “season catchup” to “Walking Dead” – cannot get it out of my head. Really well written and acted, just too gory. Can’t wait for the season premiere in Oct. Since “Amazing Race” started last night, my schedule, especially Sunday nites, is way overbooked! Don’t know how I’ll handle it all when “Chuck” and “Idol” start back!

Sam-A

September 26th, 2011
10:18 am

Tried to figure out if I’d rather be stuck in a real life “Walking Dead” or “Falling Skies” – guess I’d have a better survival rate with the aliens.

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
10:33 am

I like both Walking Dead and Falling Skies. Looking forward to both of them returning.

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
11:04 am

In Idol news: So far Pia, James, Haley and Stefano have been signed to 19 Management, a wing of 19 Entertainment which handles American Idol.

Harriett

September 26th, 2011
11:16 am

Thanks for the Idol news, D.

I love a good dino, too, Deirdre! I think Terra Nova will be worth watching. Sort of a Deliberately “Lost.” :)

G

September 26th, 2011
11:48 am

Hoping that I get home from the gym in time to watch SingOff. This show has THE BEST talent of all the singing/talent shows…….hands down. However, I think it’s like caster oil. A lot of people need it, but they’re not used to things that are good for them. Therefore, it goes down with a bad after taste.

Rickster

September 26th, 2011
11:48 am

Morning, everyone.

I can’t really say I’m all that excited about any of the shows that are being mentioned – including X-F.

Terra Nova is a Jurassic Park redo (let’s hope its 1,000 times better than that Sat. AM kids show “Land of the Lost” from the 70s.)

Dancing with the never weres, the wanna-bes and the “oh, I remember thems” has NEVER interested me.

Grey’s Anatomy is rapidly falling on my “wanna watch” meter.

Pan-AM? It’ll go defunct like the airline.

Rickster

September 26th, 2011
12:06 pm

Speaking (sort of) of dinosaurs… click this link:

http://projects.accessatlanta.com/gallery/view/movies/oscars/i-heart-radio-092511/#sldr_hm

and then click through till you find a picture of Randy Jackson in one of the weirdest jackets you would never want to see except in a circus.

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
12:49 pm

I forgot that The Sing-off is on. too. I guess my dvr is going to get a work-out again tonight.

Rickster

September 26th, 2011
12:55 pm

Thanks for the reminder, your queeness! There’s another show I forgot I’d be ignoring! ;-)

Rickster

September 26th, 2011
1:06 pm

Did anyone remember to bring Linny’s soapbox from the old blog? Or do I need to go drag it over? :-)

Deirdre

September 26th, 2011
1:23 pm

The soapbox is in the shop getting a new paint job. Feel free to rant about anything without it for the time being.

Harriett

September 26th, 2011
1:25 pm

I have a meeting this afternoon, so I won’t be back around today. Hope all of you have a great afternoon and rest of the day.

Sam-A

September 26th, 2011
2:16 pm

Rickster: Every time I see the TerraNova previews, that’s exactly what I think of, the old b&w tv show with the Dad, son and daughter lost in a jurassic period of some sort.

JTesla

September 26th, 2011
2:30 pm

Land of the Lost, the series not the movie. Featuring Cha-Ka!

JTesla

September 26th, 2011
2:31 pm

Meant to say that is why I’m not watching Terra Nova, no Cha-Ka, no need to watch.

CHA-KA!

JTesla

September 26th, 2011
2:32 pm

Google images: Cha-Ka.