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American Idol: Today’s finale

By Tony Hicks
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 10:27 am in Uncategorized.

It’s 10 a.m. and, possibly buoyed by the Fox News crew stealing our thunder by having applicants sing in the parking lot (an idea that was certainly ours and only ours) Patricia is almost ready to sing. She steps in front of the camera and the crowd (five people) who’s been waiting with great anticipation goes silent. Some stand on their toes …

“Wait Wait Wait,” Patricia says, falling out of camera range and holding up a hand to the camera. She says something about her bangs. She’s not ready.

What the heck – if you’re willing to wait an hour or so, what’s a few more minutes? There are a few groans. People relax. Then, without warning, Patricia steps up and starts singing “At Last.” This better be good, I think.

Surprisingly, it is. And she gets through … a lot of it. Right up to the part where she again jumps out of camera range and asks for a do-over.

No dice, Patricia. We got you, and it was almost worth the wait. 

The place briefly clears out by 10:30. Despite it being only pre-registration day, many people showed up with luggage. Some showed up with guitars. Thankfully, none showed up with any of the items (at least that I saw) from the banned list they give contestants today, including no air mattresses, alcohol, animals, fireworks, Hibachis, illegal drugs, or weapons (including pocket knives and all swords “from any of the Middle Ages”). 

It really said all that. We can assume that chainsaws are banned as well, though the list doesn’t specify.

Registration will be going on all day, and there’s no lines. If you think you can sing, get on down here.

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4 Responses to “American Idol: Today’s finale”

  1. HeyJoe Says:

    S*it, this is TODAY! DAMNIT!

  2. Gavin Newsom Says:

    I wish someone would just nuke that Shi*barn Palace. The only good thing ever held there was the Judas Priest Screaming For Vengeance tour in ’83. Disagree with me, Chris Daly. I dare ya’.

  3. Tony Hicks Says:

    Not the only good thing: AC/DC in ’82 on the “For Those About to Rock” tour, (and again in ’84), or Sabbath a couple months later on “Mob Rules.” There was Hagar/Night Ranger in ’83, Van Halen on Diver Down in ’82, and again two years later (three nights) on the 1984 tour. A month later the Scorpions were there on “Love at First Sting.” And, of course, Maiden rumbled through in ’85 on “Powerslave.” Ratt played in ’86 and Aerosmith the same year. Then there was Cheater opening for Excaliber on the “Why Play Fair?” tour …

  4. Tony Hicks Says:

    Didn’t the Screaming for Vengeance tour actually pull through the Cow Palace in ’82?