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My annual thank you to the ‘Idol’ blog regulars

AMERICAN IDOL: The Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips performs his victory song during the sason 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: The Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips performs his victory song during the sason 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. CR: Michael Becker/FOX

Sure, the “Idol” blog is dead. (Long live the “Idol” blog!)

But the “Idol” blog community migrated over here for season 11 and I am forever grateful.  Since season four, Carrie Underwood’s year, I’ve been writing daily screeds about this show. Eight seasons, 3,000-plus entries and more than 200,000 comments later, we arrive here. A few of you have been around for much of that time and still wonder how Taylor Hicks won season five. Others arrived more recently.

I apologize if I miss a few names but here are folks that I can’t help but give a shout out to:

First and foremost, the official moderator of this blog Deirdre held fort again for no pay, just glory and massive ego gratification. She kept the fly-by nasties at bay, welcomed the newbies and expressed her opinions with smarts and perspective. She also made my job easier – much easier.

So thanks to Rickster, for actually looking forward to this “thank you” column yesterday. (You knew you wanted to get referenced first but Deirdre is always No. 1 here.)

And JTesla, thanks for being my biggest fan. You are way too kind, even when I make typos and go way too long between “Idol” entries. Then there’s my bud Kelly & Carrie Fan, the one person who knows more trivia about “Idol” than I do.

Others who spiced up the group’s snark-a-meter or just gave us blog-level gravitas:  Alex, Sam-A, Highlander, Harriett, Nana, RxDawg, JD, Mercedes S, Jenny, Pitchy, bknsty14, Seth T, DanJ, Karen, Andi, missnadine, G, Vast Wastrel, RK, Jubie, Woodpappy, MyPatootie.

Then there were some funny folks over on the Cover it Live blog who seldom if ever came over here. In fact, most will probably never see this but I have to give them credit, too. There was our most valuable contributor, the frequently funny Weary Traveller, who used his hotel room time to join us here. Jennifer Hopez was far more amusing than Jennifer Lopez. Yummiecake2001 was sweet as can be. Uncle Buck gave us the phrase “songbot.” (Thank you!). Then there’s Carrie, Sierra, Sheila, Always Late (who was indeed Always Late), emily and Josh, to name a few. Live blogging is a bit distracting but often rewarding when things get dull on screen.

Without you all, I’d have nothing, paraphrasing the most over-used song in “Idol” history. (No offense, Whitney.) I’d just be talking to myself. And as my wife knows, I do that enough as it is.

For those who wander off during the off season, don’t! I will continue to blog about all things “Idol,” plus “Duets,” “The X Factor” and “The Voice.”  And since you’re in my much broader land of TV and radio, other topics far and wide as well.

I will listen in on the press conferences this afternoon for Phillip and Jessica and will add those to the blog later.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

250 comments Add your comment

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
10:19 am

I’m not upset in the least that her Queeness gets first mention! I just appreciate the mention! :-)

Alex

May 24th, 2012
10:20 am

ROHO, it’s been fun.

I really like the banter and my hopes were to dish out a few laughs. Lord knows I got a bucket full of laughs from the posters.

I’ve never been part of an interactive blog except this one and I will surely be here again next year.

Thanks, ROHO, and my fellow posters.

missnadine

May 24th, 2012
10:23 am

Rodney – I am surprised to see my name here :) . I rarely comment on AI blogs (maybe 10 times all season) but always on your other blogs – I find them really well written, researched, and delivered. I stopped watching AI a couple of seasonds ago, but check your blogs daily. Thanks for the shout out! You are like the Ryan Seacrest of AJC – I don’t think anyone at your company works as hard!

JTesla

May 24th, 2012
10:24 am

Thank you Rodney, you’re the reason everyone is here. Thanks for providing a great place for us day after day.

Thank you to all the other bloggers as well, you keep this fun, and educational. Now we just need to team up to force Rodney to post a picture of Fantasia busting her pants.

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
10:29 am

JTesla

May 24th, 2012
10:24 am

Now we just need to team up to force Rodney to post a picture of Fantasia busting her pants.

No…. we don’t.

Deirdre

May 24th, 2012
10:30 am

Thank you, Rodney! It’s been an easy year. The “nasties” have been few and far between(I believe I only had to call for help a couple of times) and we added so many nice people to the fold.

I started on this blog as many people do; popping in to argue with someone about an Idol. And I stayed because I was treated kindly and with respect. It isn’t easy to find a blog that works as hard as this one does to let people speak their minds without fear of the dreaded troll.

Rodney, I know you fought hard to keep this blog going this year. The changes at the ajc were scary for us regulars but we honestly feel just as comfortable here in this little apartment as we did in our big single family home. You did that and we really appreciate it!

Looking forward to the continuation of our blog family and, as always, the addition of new family members!

Alex

May 24th, 2012
10:32 am

JTesla
May 24th, 2012
10:24 am

“Now we just need to team up to force Rodney to post a picture of Fantasia busting her pants”

I don’t think something like that can be posted in the “Entertainment” section. Maybe obituaries…..

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
10:32 am

We really, really reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaly don’t.

Mercedes S.

May 24th, 2012
10:33 am

Thanks for the mention, RoHo! Without you and yor work here (doesn’t FEEL like work, does it now?), American Idol wouldn’t be half as fun to watch. Thanks to Deirdre for helping to keep order in class, and always bringing thoughtful comments. In addition to reading Idol comments, I also like reading bits about fellow posters’ triumphs (Pitchy’s daughter – yay!) and tribulations (we’ve all been there). Never thought I’d add another dimension to my life when I started following this blog…

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
10:38 am

I was as opposed as anyone to bringing the Idol blog over to the Radio/TV blog. But then I realized I can treat it like I use a DVR. If there’s a thread I don’t want to look at (or a performance like the Man/Fan duet from last night) I just zip past it.

And thanks for everything Rodney.

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
10:40 am

Now, Mercedes… you know you couldn’t have added “a new dimension” to your life when those of us who hang out here regularly don’t even have a life to begin with!! ;-)

Alex

May 24th, 2012
10:41 am

I am glad that a “saved” contestant has yet to win AI. I wish they’d get rid of it, but I’d rather get rid of the judges. :lol:

Mercedes S.

May 24th, 2012
10:43 am

As for people having problems with PP (NOT A REAL SINGER!!!) winning Idol, I wouldn’t consider Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan REAL SINGERS either. But what they bring – words, with meaning and melody, and an ability to connect with an adoring audience – all this is what makes them Idols.

Alex

May 24th, 2012
10:45 am

Mercedes S.
May 24th, 2012
10:43 am

Agreed. And the list goes on:

Mick Jagger

Joe Cocker

Tiny Tim ( :cool: )

Mercedes S.

May 24th, 2012
10:46 am

Rickster, I was toying with the idea of adding “very full” between “my” and “life”, but that would have been presumptious.

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
10:47 am

And why did the words “duckbill platypus” pop into my mind when F-word appeared on the screen last night? 8-O

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
10:52 am

Hey Alex.. you must have some sort of super powers to slip that second name past Pac Man!

In the words of Darth Vader….. impressive!

Mercedes S.

May 24th, 2012
10:55 am

Please, RoHo, many regulars had flat tires and what nots and missed a certain porton of Idol last night – to brighten their day, please publish a photo of Fantasia when she’s getting angry and about to go “Hulk” in busted breeches!

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
10:55 am

Nowhere nearly as presumptuous as those who accuse us of having no life Mercedes!

JTesla

May 24th, 2012
10:57 am

Mercedes! “about to go ‘Hulk’” LOL. Hey, if Mercedes asks for it you know it’s a legitimate request.

Alex

May 24th, 2012
10:58 am

Mercedes S.
May 24th, 2012
10:55 am

“a photo of Fantasia when she’s getting angry and about to go “Hulk” in busted breeches”

LOL!

Pitchy

May 24th, 2012
10:59 am

Awwww, so sweet that I’ve been mentioned. THANK YOU, RoHo. I’m pretty sure I’ve added to the “snark o meter” but with a little comical flare (I hope cuz I never wanted to be mean to anyone).

It’s been a blast and long live our Queen Ms Deirdre!!!

Pitchy

May 24th, 2012
11:01 am

Mercedes S, UNFORTUNATELY, I saw Fantasia’s outfit. She definitely looked like a burnt sausage splitting at the seams.

Good Grief, what a nasty, nasty, NASTY sight!

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
11:01 am

There are lots of other places where people can see that horrible sight, Mercedes. There’s no need to bring that evil here.

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
11:03 am

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
11:06 am

One thing’s for sure… Fantasia’s been eating well.

Probably lots of her favorite (and appropriately named) food: “Ho-Hos”

:-)

JD

May 24th, 2012
11:07 am

Didn’t expect a mention in RoHo’s column. Do we get any pay for that? Just send my check to one of the many fine charities in Atl. It’s been fun and maybe I’ll make it to next year when JLo will shut up for a while.
I’ll continue to check on your blogs RoHo.

Jubie

May 24th, 2012
11:09 am

Oh RoHo thanks for everything. I always look forward to whatever you and all the regulars, especially, have to say. I will be missing AI and looking forward to next season.

RxDawg

May 24th, 2012
11:11 am

Thanks RoHo. I can honestly say I might not still be watching Idol if it wasn’t for this blog.

Mercedes S.

May 24th, 2012
11:17 am

Thnks, Rickster… saw the pic, butthe PERFORMANCE was ” BLOCKED in your country” . No doubt out of pity forJoshua.

Deirdre

May 24th, 2012
11:18 am

Rodney, the picture of Phil at the top of this blog is very touching. The boy had some trouble holding it together last night. All he’s been through with his need for surgery and the pressures of the show. I think they probably all cried a little last night.

Pitchy

May 24th, 2012
11:22 am

Deirdre, I’m glad I recorded it so I can see winning moment when he’s announced the winner.

Alex

May 24th, 2012
11:23 am

Hey, something just dawned on me. So Deirdre got mentioned first again? Deirdre comes in first EVERY year. Based on this, it is my contention that Deirdre is a WGWG. :lol:

Deirdre

May 24th, 2012
11:24 am

JD

May 24th, 2012
11:26 am

Nailed it Alex!!

Deirdre

May 24th, 2012
11:27 am

So, for the first time in years, someone I liked won the show. Feeling good today. I still worry about what Idol will do to change Phil as an artist and hope he sticks to his guns. If that means he’ll never be a big success then so be it.

Last time someone won who I really liked was David Cook!

Sam-A

May 24th, 2012
11:27 am

RoHo: You know we love ya and depend on your news and information all year long. I couldn’t get thru a long and boring day at work if I didn’t have this “home away from home” to entertain me throughout the day!

I’ll be here all year. Mercedes, please keep posting your movie reviews. Pitchy, keep us up on the accolades and awards your daughter might garner. Rickster keep protesting having Fword pic and info on our beloved blog. All you other guys, look forward to seeing al the news about our dear Kelly’s new show. That should keep us busy and entertained thru the summer anyway!

Mercedes, Deirdre, et al: don’t forget the last 6 episodes of “The Closer” start first week July, “Falling Skies” is back sometime mid-June. Don’t know when “Walking Dead” comes back, but soon I hope. And nearly a year to wait for out beloved “Downton Abbey”. Deirdre, hope you can catch up on “Revenge”, I have gotten really involved in the past few weeks.

And most of all – fwishing our new Idol Phillip a successful surgery and speedy recovery.

Rickster

May 24th, 2012
11:27 am

Alex,

Does that make me a 16-year-old Filipino/Hispanic girl? 8-O

JTesla

May 24th, 2012
11:28 am

I found it interesting last night that they had WGWG#4 hand the trophy to WGWG#5. Wasn’t there a minor stink last year because they didn’t invite WGWG#3 to do that very thing?

Alex

May 24th, 2012
11:29 am

Rickster
May 24th, 2012
11:27 am

If it does, then according to Randy, you’re the best singer in America.

JD

May 24th, 2012
11:32 am

JT- wasn’t Lee on his world tour concert last year???

Barbara B

May 24th, 2012
11:32 am

What a sweet thank you to you all. Could not agree more! Y’all sure made me feel welcome and gave me plenty of laughs :)

Alex

May 24th, 2012
11:33 am

Speaking of last night, am I the only one surprised that they didn’t give Carrie a shoutout? I’m pretty sure I saw her in the audience. The girl is the biggest thing AI ever put out and …… nothing.

Deirdre

May 24th, 2012
11:33 am

Next question: If the first audition for Idol 12 is in 2 weeks, does that mean that JLo will announce her departure(fingers crossed) this week? What about ST?

JTesla

May 24th, 2012
11:34 am

Predictions: months ago they were made and for the first time ever I nailed it. I picked Phillip Phillips to win. I also got correct 4th and 10th place, and was very close on many others being off only by one place on four eliminations. My biggest flubs were picking Jessica Sanchez to go 9th and Jeremy Rosado (who?) lasting until 5th otherwise for the first time ever my predictions were pretty solid.

Alex

May 24th, 2012
11:34 am

JD
May 24th, 2012
11:32 am

You mean “hardware world” tour – performing at the opening of a new hardward store?

Mercedes S.

May 24th, 2012
11:35 am

Let’s all pillory, harass and otherwise engage Rodney in an attempt to make him see the light and let us all LIVEBLOG “Walking Dead”! It’s Georgia-filmed and ought to be AJC supported!

JTesla

May 24th, 2012
11:35 am

Deirdre: I was thinking that last night. They have to get something in place quick.

JD: I think he said that he wasn’t even asked. No love for WGWG#3.

JD

May 24th, 2012
11:36 am

Alex, Carrie was there with her husband. Ryan must have been too busy with everyone else. She did sing this year but it was obvious she had some health issues when she was on (maybe a cold)
Do the final judges get involved at the first auditions D? If not, maybe that gives AI a little longer to dump them.

Neg's Take

May 24th, 2012
11:37 am

No Neg? What has the world come to….