So American Idol crowned yet another champion the other day and the question that immediately comes to mind is “Does it really matter?”. As a showcase for undiscovered talent, American Idol offers great opportunity to all of its featured contestants, but its debatable whether that last man (or woman) standing is truly any better off for having won the whole thing. Or are they? And if so, did America get it right?
Well, here’s a breakdown of American Idol album sales (not including compilations, EP’s, or pre-Idol albums) comparing the past season winners with the also-rans (Source: Scribd.com, Updated as of May 13, 2009). It would seem that, every so often, America can get it wrong –
Winner: Kelly Clarkson = 10 131 236 (4 albums)
Runner Up: Justin Guarini = 143 000 (1 album)
Runner Up: Clay Aiken = 4 839 000 (4 albums)
Winner: Ruben Stoddard = 2 484 000 (3 albums)
Winner: Fantasia Barrino = 2 289 000 (2 albums)
Top 7 Finish: Jennifer Hudson = 726 293 (1 album) + 1 Oscar
Runner Up: Diana DeGarmo = 168 000 (1 album)
Winner: Carrie Underwood = 9 573 618 (2 albums)
Runner Up: Bo Bice = 734 000 (2 albums)
Top 4 Finish: Chris Daughtry = 4 437 029 (1 album)
Top 6 Finish: Kellie Pickler = 1 013 375 (2 albums)
Winner: Taylor Hicks = 734 617 (3 albums)
Top 3 Finisher: Elliot Yamin = 645 559 (4 albums)
Top 8 Finish: Bucky Covington =403 000 (1 album)
Runner Up: Katherine McGhee = 376 000 (1 album)
Winner: Jordin Sparks = 1 004 000 (1 album)
Runner Up: Blake Lewis = 305 000 (1 album)
Winner: David Cook = 1 125 933 (1 album)
Runner Up: David Archuleta = 698 936 (1 album)
Hey, writer-producer Martin Gero (formerly of Stargate, presently of HBO’s Bored to Death) gave me a call this afternoon. He’s having a great time tearing it up in New York but is nevertheless looking forward to coming by for a lengthy visit in July. First stop = Fuel, of course where, as my wingman, he’ll be joining me in a celebratory welcome back dinner that will no doubt see him laid up for weeks.
What’s in the news:
This is touching. In China, a bystander breaks through a police cordon to help a man contemplating suicide: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090523/ap_on_re_as/as_china_suicide_help
I can just imagine the local Suicide Help Line organization realizing, to their horror, that this guy has been a volunteer in their organization for going on six months. Hmmm, suddenly that unbelievably low recividism rate doesn’t look so great.
You’ve been dropping hints about that new car for weeks and your significant other still hasn’t taken the bait. What to do? What to do? Hey, I know! Take a trip to your local dealer, hop into the car of your choice, then drive around the showroom until he/she agrees to buy it for you: http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE54C4UL20090513?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews&rpc=22&sp=true
Hey, the bank mistakenly deposited six million dollars into your account. What do you do? Yeah, thought so: http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE54K54520090521?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews&rpc=22&sp=true
See you in Vegas, baby!
I should get one of these for my place to help ensure any dinner parties I may host wrap up at a reaonsable hour. “Yeah, I think we’re gonna get going. It’s getting late. And my ears are bleeding.”: http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE54L4H620090522?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews&rpc=22&sp=true
PG15 writes: “How do freelance writers pitch for a new show when only the existing writers know the details of what the show is about? Or do these freelancers receive detailed info on the show before they get to pitch?”
Answer: When a freelancer is invited to pitch, they are sent supporting materials (scripts written to date and synopses of upcoming storylines) to acquaint themselves with the series and its characters. They’re encouraged to call with any questions. Otherwise, that’s pretty much it.
Chervon7 writes: “What have the dogs been up to lately? I’ve always wondered this, can they all jump up on the bed on their own?”
Answer: Lulu is a powerhouse and has no trouble jumping up onto the bed. Bubba makes it about half the time. Jelly and Maximus don’t even bother trying.
Tammy Dixon writes: “Glad Lulu is feeling better. How is Jelly doing?”
Answer: The old gal is still getting along – and as scrappy as ever. Yesterday, she got into a fight with Lulu over a dog treat.
Rose writes: “Just curious – why so few actors on the commentaries for SGA DVDs? Only Jason this year and damn few last year as I remember. Any reason that you can point to?
PS. Miss me?”
Answer: It comes down to availability and a willingness to participate. Whether its actors, directors, writers, or producers – some don’t have the time while others just aren’t interested. Jason took part in the Broken Ties commentary because the episode was very important to him. And, yes, I did miss you. I’m glad you checked in. I was about to organize I search party.
PG15 also writes: “Questions :
1. Marty G. just twittered that he’s “working on episode 115″ of SGU. Is he writing it?
2. What episode number is “Divided”?
3. What episode number is “Faith”?
4. Is “Darkness” episode 16 or 17?”
Answers: 1. Yep. Marty G. is working on the outline and having a lot of fun with this particular story. Can’t wait to read it.
2. 12 I believe.
3. 13 I believe.