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American Idol – The Run-down

2010-01-18 12:29

Ryan Seacrest
He's the host with the most and is fast becoming an American institution. While there's nothing particularly funny or special about Ryan, he makes far less blapses than SA's Liezel van der Westhuizen. That alone is a blessing. He's also on our local radio. Tune in to his show on Kfm (Western Cape) or Highveld Stereo (Gauteng) from Monday to Friday at 7pm.

Simon Cowell
Trademark: His obvious irritation with the lack of discerning aural ability from the other judges.
Famous line: "What was that?"

Randy Jackson
Trademark: A natural affection for anyone who hovers their voice, no matter the quality.
Famous line: "Yo Dawg, you gotta voice!"

Kara DioGuardi
Trademark: Inability to make her own decisions. She'll just reiterate what the other judges say. Good parrot.
Famous line: "100 percent yes"

Guest Judges
We've seen Victoria Beckham and Mary J Blige, who were rather uninteresting. No bitchiness. Watch out for Shania Twain, Neil Patrick Harris and Katy Perry in future episodes.

In America, you have two kinds of singers: R&B and Country. That's the extent of the 'talent' we've seen so far. Watch out for country-cutie Vanessa from Atlanta who's excited about taking her first ever airplane ride. Stay far away from the likes of Lamar, who couldn't deal with the rejection after he massacred Seal's "Kiss From A Rose". But he doesn't have much respect for the judges, saying "Who the hell is Kara? I wish Paula was here!".

For the next few weeks we'll be in audition rounds. Catch AI on M-Net every Sunday at 17h00.

The biggest show in the US has come to our screens this week. In case you missed it or were too scared to watch (that's what SA's Idols has done to you), here's a quick recap of what you're missing, or saving yourself, depending on how you look at it.

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