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Friday Potpourri Vol.12

Hi kids!

Today we are going to talk about a singing competition show.

Excited? No? Well, tough. If I have to sit through it, I may as well write about the experience.

(You want better topics. Let me know.)

The show we are going to talk about today is called Duets.

The premise is four singing stars pick two people to sing duets with. Each star takes turns singing with their two people and the other stars get to vote on the performances.

Still there? Great!

The four performers are:

John Legend–this man has amazing talent. He plays the piano almost as well as he sings.  Beautifully.

Jennifer Nettles–from the country group  Sugarland.  She has incredible range and a big voice.

These two understand music and are great for their amateur partners.

Kelly Clarkson–won the first season of American Idol. Can sing some. But in that annoying American Idol-y way.

Robin Thicke–I didn’t know who he was either.  His is the son of Alan Thicke, the dad on Growing Pains. He would be most comfortable singing into a mirror.

These two …..well, he seems to be a little preoccupied with himself and he had the first partner who got sent home from the competition because she had the lowest score.

In the first episode, Kelly Clarkson had to make some choices on her partners that broke down like this: She rejected one because the young woman was prettier than her and the other because she sang better than Ms. Clarkson.

BTW, I should mention that my wife concurs on these opinions.  In fact, some of this is taken directly from our conversations during the show. (You don’t think I watch this alone, do you?  Perhaps I wasn’t clear enough in the beginning.  In exchange for all the sports I watch, we watch some of these type of shows together.  It’s called marriage, people.)

In any event, a few weeks from now, they will start to let the audience at home vote and eventually there will be a winner.  I don’t know what they win but they will win something.

It is worth watching just to hear John Legend sing.  The man is incredible.

But, watch out for that Clarkson woman, she is a snake.

When I was thinking about writing this, I was trying to remember what got me hooked on certain types of reality shows.  I am not counting Duets in that category.

Several years ago, on one of our trips to the Panhandle of Texas, we were sitting around my in-laws living room watching television.  My brother-in-law , much to my consternation, doesn’t care too much for watching sports.  So, we found our selves watching old episodes of Gunsmoke and then a little later a show came on that I found oddly captivating.

The name of it is Ice Road Truckers.

I had never heard of the Alaskan ice roads before.  The deal is these roads freeze over during the winter there and while they are frozen over, large and heavy shipments are taken by semi trailers to these remote destinations.  This all has to be done before the thaw and under some truly dangerous conditions. Melting roads. Blizzards. Whiteouts.

I didn’t think I was hooked until we got back home and I found myself tuning in to the latest edition of the show.  What?  I had to know how the season ended.

Not too many of these shows can hold my attention.  This one and Storage Wars.  Maybe Lizard Lick Towing. Or an occasional Parking Wars. But that is it.

I need something to watch until the election is over.

Peace.

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Friday Potpourri Vol.12

  1. We love Ice Road Truckers at our house. My hubby and I watch it together. Do you ever watch Deadliest Catch? Regular tv is so uninteresting that we’ve turned to the “manly” reality shows.

  2. Oh, no, Kelly Clarkson is evil? That makes me sad! I always liked her! Oh, boo.

    I stopped watching those singing shows a while ago when I realized they were on a billion times a week and I just didn’t have the time to commit to that. I haven’t missed them in my life at all.

    • She is. I was surprised but especially in the reaction shots where she doesn’t remember the camera is on her, evil. We watch these things on DVR at our leisure. I understand not wanting to get caught up in these. When I start I have to see how it ends.

  3. debihen on said:

    I must confess I’m bore easily with the singing competition shows. I watched American idol a bit this season purely for Steven Tyler. As for Ice Road Truckers; now that’s a favorite around our house. Even more so now that hubby is a truck driver. I watch it with equal parts fascination and anxiety; I’m always sure my favorite driver Alex is going through the ice. Did I just say I have a favorite driver on IRT? I may need therapy…

  4. I don’t miss this stuff at all. They’ve been imported to Germany, but I ignore them.

    Although I do understand your desire to find anything to distract from the election. It’s going to be an ugly year in that regard.

    Enjoy your weekly potpourri. Thanks for that.

    • Thanks for stopping by. The elections will be a long slog. I will pay more attention when the conventions start. I have followed politics all my life unfortunately. Stamp collecting would have been a healthier hobby.

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