So obviously it has been many months since I last sat down and wrote a blog entry. This was mostly due to technical difficulties (my internet connection was down for a few months), followed by a month of vacation and then the sheer boredom of having nothing exciting to write about. Not that I ever let that stop me before…

Still, various friends never gave up razzing me about stopping, so I’ve never been quite able to walk away with a clear conscience. One friend recently read back through the archives and asked why didn’t I just call it “Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know About ‘American Idol'”? So in his honor, here are five things I never got around to writing about during “Idol” Season 7:

1.  As REO Speedwagon once noted, “You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish,” to which I add, “Especially at the CBS Commissary!” During the final weeks last season, Billboard.com’s Fred Bronson took on the task of interviewing each member of the top ten, and I tagged along to the interviews to run the tape machine. We interviewed those still left on the show one afternoon at the CBS Studios on Beverly Blvd. Unfortunately, I had eaten a tuna sandwich from the on-site restaurant earlier and it disagreed with me… right in the middle of our interview with David Cook! Fortunately I made it to the restroom down the hall with time to spare. Hopefully David didn’t think too poorly of me for stepping out right in the middle of the interview without a word!

2.  Ken Baker of E! News stole my seat! I attended the results show during Neil Diamond week and left my seat for a while so Fred could introduce me to David Archuleta’s father (I especially enjoyed reading a recap on EW.com that said “Papa Archuleta stood in the wings talking with a guy two rows in front of me during the entire pre-show period”… that guy was Fred!). I learned Mr. Archuleta thought David should be singing more contemporary material on the show, a quest that ended with “With You” during Top 3 week. Anyway, when I got back to my seat, I discovered it was occupied by Ken Baker from E! News. I didn’t blame him, as I had been sitting beside a very attractive blonde woman who he was already talking to. And since I always enjoy Ken’s reports on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, I didn’t say a word to him and moved to an empty seat further down the row.

3.  I hugged Paula Abdul! Paula came up to Fred after the show and he introduced me to her. I told her that we had actually met once before 20 years ago! I had interviewed her for Dick Clark’s radio show “Countdown America” right when she was starting her music career. She gave me a hug and made a joke about how long ago that was for both of us…

4.  I finally attended the finale for the first time ever! And like many others, I thought David Archuleta was bound to win (you’d think such a fervent fanbase would be unbeatable), but once Simon started apologizing to David Cook near the end, I realized he’d be the winner, thus ruining what would have been a wonderful surprise.

5.  I never should have listened to Jason Castro! I think I enjoyed our interview with Jason the most. He was very funny and also very truthful about being ready to go home due to his problems learning new songs he had never heard before. He also complained about people wanting to take his picture and asking for autographs, which he thought was awkward and didn’t enjoy. I took his words to heart, and when I attended this year’s “Idol” tour stop at L.A.’s Staples Center, I didn’t bring along a camera. Naturally at the after-party, all the Idols including Jason were happy to take photo after photo with their fans. And there I was with no camera to add to my collection of photos with the Idols…


3 Responses to “WE ARE BACK”

  1. Flash Says:

    Glad you’re back Brian, keep it up!!

  2. Chris F. Says:

    I’m so glad you’re back Brian. Don’t leave us hanging again…………………Poker anyone?

  3. Sophie Says:

    Ahhhhh…all is well with the world once again.

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