Shake Up

Hi everyone, Shazz here! Herbert and I are vacationing with family but with all the frenzied buzz concerning American Idol, I thought I’d jot off a quick missive to get you updated, or as updated as I can with the news dusting up like the wake of a tornado the last few days. First Ellen DeGeneres quit the show. Well, really it was Simon Cowell who originally decided to leave the show to poke around in other fires. Then just last week, Ellen DeGeneres quit the show. Then, in just a few short hours as of this writing (Tuesday evening….I want to get back to my vacation) seems like all Hell is breaking loose. Now it’s said, though nothing concrete has passed my way, that Kara DioGuardi has been let go and that Jennifer Lopez will be among the new panel of judges. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is also rumored to be part of the new panel of judges.

Fox entertainment chairman Peter Rice cryptically commented that “No one has signed a deal yet on either side of the camera who wasn’t on the show last year. There are no specific deals with anybody.” Huh? Does that mean Randy Jackson might also be leaving? According to a source close to him, he loves being on the show but is a little fed up with the current goings on at the show, but is the type who just goes with the flow and as far as anyone knows right now, he’s still part of the show. Well, at least we’d have one familiar face on the panel, Dawg!

Some of the names that have been bandied about who were asked to join the show are Barry Manilow and Elton John, among a few others, like Jessica Simpson and Justin Tinker…er, Timberlake. Of those names, I think Elton John would be a viable choice. He’s relevant, he’s classic, he’s a legend. He writes and he sings using his real voice and if you’re going to judge a singing competition, then it shouldn’t be done by someone who relies on electrified vocals. But, an argument about either Manilow or John is that they have audiences who are now grandparents and younger audiences might not find them able to ‘connect’. Both have declined the invitation, so you know.

One more possibility is Nigel Lythgoe, one time producer of “Idol” who then moved on as the primary judge on “So You Think You Can Dance”. Of course Fox Network has not commented on Lythgoe’s returning to the show in any capacity, but he has publicly stated that if he were ever to return to American Idol, he would wipe the slate clean with a completely new, three-judge panel.

After the train-wreck that was last season, they really need to spice things up a bit. The addition of Ellen DeGeneres didn’t work as well as I think they hoped it might. She was supposed to be the ‘voice’ of the music buying public but pretty much while she didn’t want to offend anyone with harsh critiques, I don’t think she really accomplished much in the way of judgery. True, they’ll never get another “Simon”, but if the premise of the show is to be upheld, they need someone with authority to make harsh criticisms when needed as though he or she really cares about the kinds of acts that will get signed to a record deal. And THAT can only work, hand in hand, if they corral a group of contestants who really want to be there, who really want to get somewhere, and not just a bunch of lackluster seekers of their fifteen minutes.

I just wonder if all that shake up will trickle down to me and Herbert. Now I guess Brian has another construction picture to share with you so let me turn this back to him and I’ll get back to my vacation.

Yeah, that’s some shake up going on out there in Tinsel Town but good to hear from Shazz again. If there is even a show and the two of them are up to the task for next season, they can certainly keep their jobs.

Here is day 10 on the house project. And then a quick video I saw on The Radio Chick on a recent archived Shovio show





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One Response to “Shake Up”

  1. Melissa Says:

    Very cute with the dog mowing the lawn … but doesn’t look safe ?!?!?

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