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May 16, 2013 2:02 PM   Subscribe

You Can Be Better Next Season, American Idol. Here’s How. By Dave Holmes

Dave Holmes hilariously recaps American Idol and The X Factor for Vulture. He first got into the public eye by not winning Wanna Be a VJ and still landing the job. He spends most of his days with his podcast or showing up on others, like this one or this one or this one or these or (my personal favorites) these. For the last three years he's also been a part of Mapping the Heavens with Dave Holmes & Rob Delaney at the Upright Citizens Brigade.
posted by nadawi (13 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Dave Holmes is the best VJ MTV ever, ever had. He has charm and wit and smarts and a severe lack of the kind of smarm someone like Matt Pinfield brought.
posted by radiosilents at 2:09 PM on May 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


The only winning move is not to play.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:17 PM on May 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


Can't we just have Eurovision instead?
posted by asperity at 2:21 PM on May 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


You Can Be Better Next Season, American Idol. Here’s How.

By going away?
posted by Thorzdad at 2:22 PM on May 16, 2013 [4 favorites]


This Show's Crap Let's Bash the Telly (a rather different David Holmes)
posted by filthy light thief at 2:23 PM on May 16, 2013


Nobody tuned into Dynasty to watch Alexis & Krystle tweet at each other


True enough. But I would follow both of them in a hot gay second.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:41 PM on May 16, 2013 [5 favorites]


This year’s top ten revealed, among other jaw-droppers, that they had never heard a Beatles song, or any version of U2’s “One,” or had even considered that “My Funny Valentine” was a song you’d sing to an ugly person. Can we reasonably expect these people to give us artistry? Out of the tens of thousands who audition, surely we can find ten people who can sing well and also have a passing familiarity with the recent history of music.

It might be the lowest rated music show in television history, but I would like to see a show that featured actual musicians rather than caterwauling pop or country wannabes. It could be indie bands, jazz musicans, prog, whatever, just someone with a sense of history that can play and maybe even, goddess forbid, compose their own music.
posted by Ber at 3:07 PM on May 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


It might be the lowest rated music show in television history, but I would like to see a show that featured actual musicians rather than caterwauling pop or country wannabes. It could be indie bands, jazz musicans, prog, whatever, just someone with a sense of history that can play and maybe even, goddess forbid, compose their own music.

They did make that show, although the format was slightly different from AI. I've been wondering if such a show would work with an elimination format, though. Setup would be a pain in the ass if each band had to come in with all their stuff and sound check and all just to do one song.
posted by LionIndex at 3:34 PM on May 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


How after Pitch Perfect is there not a competitive acappella group show on network TV yet?
posted by nicebookrack at 4:30 PM on May 16, 2013


nicebookrack - the sing off is about to start season 4. i like this sort of show and i find it enjoyable - some groups are obviously better than others, but it's very much focused on the singing, not on silly auditions or judge preening. one of the contestants is better known these days for singing with jack white.
posted by nadawi at 4:41 PM on May 16, 2013


Thanks, nadawi!
posted by nicebookrack at 4:49 PM on May 16, 2013


Nobody tuned into Dynasty to watch Alexis & Krystle tweet at each other

True enough. But I would follow both of them in a hot gay second.


If I could pus-1 you more than once, I would. I would plus-1 you and plus-1 you, until shoulder pads came back into fashion.
posted by MoxieProxy at 4:51 PM on May 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


what is a pus-1.
posted by kate blank at 6:39 PM on May 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


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