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Not to be too big of a jerk about it, but this writer is very proud to say that he's never watched a single moment of a single episode of the TV show "American Idol." No, not even the one where Kris Allen wound up winning, and definitely not the "Steven Tyler Pending Retirement Bankroll Humiliation Tour."
The whole basis of my recent slide toward agnosticism is basically this: On what planet would a merciful God allow the guy who sang "Dream On" to survive years of drug abuse only to let him sink to a job where he's required to tell somebody his slow-jam cover of Leif Garrett's "I Was Made for Dancin' " was a little flat?
Call me crazy, but I tend to boycott the hell out of any show where it's clear that Janis Joplin, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan would have been featured in the gag reel, while Donnie Osmond would have been a real contender. But that's democracy for ya.
For those of you who do care about "American Idol," however, you should know that Lee DeWyze, the winner of "Idol's" ninth season, is coming to town. He's got a new album coming out this winter! Sure to be on the set list Friday: his covers of U2's "Beautiful Day," Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," and several other songs I just got off of the Wikipedia page of Leon James "Lee" DeWyze, Jr. (born April 2, 1986, Mt. Prospect, Ill.). Text your non-counting vote now!