Okay, it's no secret that I'm not a fan of American Idol or that I think all the perfomers on the show suck by definition.
Short version: Idol is a marketing scam designed to reward total lack of originality -- it's a canny and cynical way for music biz weasels to market people who sound exactly like the second-raters they were pushing two or three decades ago.
Also, Ann Althouse digs it. Nuff said.
Anyway, my dear friend Laura the Rock n Roll Travel Agent -- whose path has crossed mine at myriad concerts and band gigs over the years, and who's got really excellent taste -- demurs, at least where Idol alumna Kelly Clarkson is concerned. Great voice, writes her own songs, yada yada yada.
Well, out of respect, I caught Clarkson singing live today on a rerun of the Ellen DeGeneres show. Let's just say I was unconvinced.
Oh hell, let's just say that every generation gets the Pat Benatar it deserves.