Monday, April 6, 2009

I BELIEVE WE ALL KNOW HER LAST NAME: If there were any doubt that, occasionally, American Idol does create The Next Pop Musical Superstars, last night Carrie Underwood was awarded the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year Award, breaking Kenny Chesney's four-year win streak and becoming the seventh female artist to be so honored, her predecessors being Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks.

What's becoming increasingly troubling to me about Hokey Danny Gokey (a/k/a DWG, RDJJ, etc.), along these lines, is that why he may be very good in a competition of "best singer within the confines of weekly American Idol performances," I just don't see the future in which he becomes the Next Pop Superstar. In that vein, he reminds me a lot of Taylor Hicks with his un-contemporary sound and kitschy performance style, and perhaps even more accurately someone like Melrose on America's Next Top Model -- someone who could shine within the artificial constructs of a televised competition, but with no hopes of major stardom outside that contrived realm. There are people within this year's competition who have legitimate aspirations to future stardom, but I just don't think he's one of them.

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