Archive for May 2009

Guest Shuffle Featuring Michael Slezak

22 May, 2009 Posted by: Liz Lemon
Have you ever noticed that American Idol is like a college football season - always at a new school? The single-minded devotion, the hive mentality, the fascination with rankings, the demonization of the other guy (and all his fans), the donning of tour colors, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat... Football Saturday, meet Performance Tuesday. With so much passion surrounding this show, it's no wonder that an entire "idol commentary" culture has sprung up around this event - predicting, arm-chair critiquing and analyzing every single aspect of this obsession.

Can anyone any longer fathom an American Idol season without the scrutiny? From the forums and blogs to Cantiello's Idol in 60 on MTV, the secondary media has become the primary reason to follow the show in the first place. And we all eagerly anticipate Michael Slezak's audacious and perspicacious Popwatch blogs, Idolatry videos and exit interviews. Not for nothing, he's the recipient of two Right Fucking On awards here. See? Why? Because he's generally right fucking on. For those of you who have missed out on this cultural phenomenon, go here (and you can just leave your Castrocopia membership card on the table on your way out). The rest of you, go follow him on Twitter.

Michael has also always been a stalwart supporter of Jason. And for that we have always considered him to be an honorary Castrocopian (and McLovin's alter-ego). But the reason this site is such a hot-bed of Slezak fans (all between the ages of 18 and 23 and a half...) is because he truly loves what we love about this silly show and he articulates so well what the rest of us are thinking. One day, I hope they will replace Randy with Michael at the judges' table, but only if it doesn't interfere with his work at ew.com.

Finally I want to thank you, Michael, for putting up with my tenacious nagging with patience and good humor. (I was slightly less determined than Tatiana del Toro on a mission to get her hand on a bullshit AI award. ) You are free at last!

Click on The Jump to listen to Michael's shuffle and read his "jaunty" commentary below. (squee!)
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