Wednesday, February 21, 2007

On Idol Recaps and Wedding Plans

My fiancee is in town this week, and we're pretty busy spending time together and making plans for our upcoming nuptials. Unfortunately, watching the early rounds of the A.I. competition fall sort of below that on the priority list, so I missed last night's show.

So to make up for it, here's the podcast of yesterday's Idol Waves Top 20 Countdown show, hosted by myself and my lovely bride-to-be.


At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Dellane said...

Congrats on your engagement. I thought the two of you doing the broadcast together was really sweet. Hope you do it again in the future.

I have a question about a past edition of the show as well.
I tried to listen to the special interview edition of IdolWaves a few weeks ago, but my connection was having "issues" (so to speak!) that week and I missed a good bit of it, despite trying to listen again at one of the other scheduled times. Are segments of that broadcast available anywhere? Thanks!

At 4:13 PM, Blogger J.D. said...


Send me an email at and I'll see what I can find for you. The shows are all archived.


At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Bradfo69 said...

This is off topic and just an article I came across. I'm taking the liberty of passing it on just because it might help with your feelings about Lakisha. Not that I am a fan (yet) but it does sound like she might actually be an o.k. mother and not yet deserving of the blasting. Missed you last night but realize what you're doing is way more important than this silly show we gravitate towards.


DETROIT (Feb. 21) - As a tear rolled down her face, LaKisha Jones received the news she so badly wanted to hear: She was an "American Idol" semifinalist. The 27-year-old single mother and bank employee who hails from the blue-collar city of Flint long has dreamed of making it in the music business. Now, she's a step closer thanks to the hugely popular Fox talent show.

Jones, who bears both a vocal and physical resemblance to Aretha Franklin, wowed the judges with a pair of the Queen of Soul's standards: "Think" and "Until You Come Back To Me." After her initial audition earned her a trip to the next round in Hollywood, Jones jumped into the embraces of her waiting family, snatched up her daughter and broke into tears.

Even ultra-mean judge Simon Cowell smile. "Love this girl," he said. "Love you, LaKisha. You're a good old-fashioned belter."

Fox declined a request to interview Jones. But in her appearances on the show and a video posted on the "Idol" Web site, she appears humble before the judges and passionate about her family - especially her daughter, Brionne, who turns 4 on Wednesday.

"I just believe in being real, being who you are and staying strong in your beliefs," Jones said on the video.

Jones says the performer she most admires is Whitney Houston , who has had her share of ups and downs. She also identifies with Fantasia Barrino , a single mother who won in the show's third season.

"It's hard juggling, trying to live your life dream of becoming a singer and also being a mom, a full-time mom," Jones said.

Jones' grandmother, 89-year-old Ruth Morris of Flint, recalled how Jones' passion for singing has grown since she got her start at age 5 at Flint's Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

"She is a person that loved people and she's always been great, wonderful," Morris, who was among the family members who traveled to the New York audition, said in a telephone interview. "She loves the Lord, she loves the singing."

Jones' profile on the "Idol" Web site lists her hometown as Fort Meade, Md., but she was born and raised in Flint, Morris said. While Jones is in Los Angeles filming "Idol," her mother is taking care of Brionne, who is thrilled to watch.

"She just jumps up and down," Morris said. "She's just very devoted. She just admires her mother being on that TV."

Despite her hopes for a singing career, family remains at the forefront for Jones. She says her proudest moment is giving birth to her daughter, and lists her mother and grandmother as her heroes.

"I pretty much give it to you like it is," she said. "What you see is what you get."

"Idol" trimmed down the competition last week, leaving Jones and 23 others - 12 men and 12 women - to vie for the title and a record contract. On Tuesday, the top 12 male singers are in the hot seat, and, on Wednesday, the women follow.

Jones wants to win, but is trying to keep it all in persecutive - and knows what she would do if she's cut.

"I would probably go back to working at my bank and back in the routine of taking care of daughter every day," Jones said. "Just being a mom."

At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Royce said...

Hi JD,

My name is Royce, and I'm the Associate Producer at BuddyTV ( I came across your blog and was very impressed. Please email me at if you are interested in a link partnership with BuddyTV.

Congrats on a great site and I look forward to your email.


At 11:14 PM, Blogger TB said...

Congrats on getting married. I went to the idol boards looking for your recap, couldn't find it, and had to hunt down this page. I will bookmark this blog and peek in after the shows to find your next recap. Saves me the temptation of looking in at the other boards and seeing hundreds of the same posts and getting annoyed by them. - TB

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

You're engaged? Fabulous! Wow, so much happens when I miss a couple of posts...

Congratulations and happy planning!

At 5:51 PM, Anonymous mellomella said...

Congrats on your wedding JD - but does your "lovely bride to be" realize how sexist you are? Why is it okay for DOZENS of contestants to leave their children at home if they are male? Don't those children need their dads? Don't you think that Lakisha's child has not been left in an empty house to fend for herself, but with her grandparents who love her?

It's interesting that you are pronouncing Lakisha - who, like Fantasia, is extremely talented and trying to get a better life for her child - as a bad mother, when Chris Doughboy was not a "bad" father. Really, JD. Think about it.

At 10:28 PM, Blogger J.D. said...

Chris Daughtry doesn't have any children. His wife does. They aren't his.

Oh, and I totally dissed Phil Stacey too.


At 3:40 PM, Anonymous mellomella said...

Yeah, JD, they ARE his. He raised them, he describes them as HIS. Let me get this straight. When you and your beloved have children, they'll be hers alone? Or if she had brought them into the marriage, they would never become YOURS? I would rethink that.

You "didn't like Phil Stacey" all that much because he didn't attend the BIRTH OF HIS CHILD - pretty mild words for an action so reprehensible.

However, any woman in your opinion who leaves her child should be tarred and feathered. "She'll NEVER get my vote!" Hmm. Seems different to me. At least, unlike Phil Stacey, Lakisha has talent. You can't even defend this viewpoint, can you? It's sexist, pure and simple, and you know it. Sorry, gotta call it JD.

At 7:47 AM, Blogger J.D. said...

Yeah, it's sexist to think that a woman (or a man, for that matter) should never leave their children/family. Whatever helps you sleep better at night.

At 1:01 PM, Anonymous mellomella said...

Oh please. Don't even. The point is that you thought it was not as bad for a man to leave his children. When Phil wanted to leave his wife alone, he was not likeable. Right? But poor Lakisha is a horrible, horrible human being.

I'm not over how "Daughtry doesn't have children. His wife does." LOL! that's just ridiculous. He's there, he's their father. End of story. I don't like the guy's singing but he does do well by his family.

I sleep fine, but my dog snores. That's a problem. Thanks for asking!

At 8:30 AM, Blogger J.D. said...

It must be rather boring having nothing better to do than to listen to the vanity that is the sound of your keyboard tapping out responses that I will only end up mocking you for.


Please commence with the "oh I see you can't argue your point" nonsense while I go do better things than argue with complete and utter morons. Ciao!

At 7:40 PM, Anonymous mellomella said...

So you feel the need to call me a moron because I disagree and point out the weakness in your argument? Sad you can't admit when you're befuddled. You can "mock" all you want. What do I care?

(Chris Daughtry's kids aren't his!!!! Oh my. I still love that. Should be big news to him.)

You can't argue the point because you don't have one. You're a sexist jerk. You know it, too. I just hope your fiancee does. Poor girl!

At 9:56 AM, Blogger J.D. said...

Blah blah blah. Your fingers must be getting tired of typing while pretending like I care.

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous mellomella said...

I don't think my fingers can "pretend you care." If you're going to write, please acquire some grammar.

Oh, and - I know you are, but what am I? I mean, since we ARE on that level.

I'd like to reiterate my original argument that Lakisha is trying her best to do right by her child. She's trying to give her child a future. She should be supported for her efforts - leaving her child with loving grandparents for a month or two is not a crime. Would you call the women in the National Guard - now serving in Iraq - on the same thing? They join the Guard for extra income, don't they? To say that Lakisha is being a "bad mother" is sexist and reactionary on every possible level.

Go ahead. Take your best shot. :)

At 4:49 PM, Blogger J.D. said...'re so stupid....

At 6:54 PM, Anonymous mellomella said...

THAT'S your best shot?

Oh, I am wounded. Wounded, I say! Hee hee.

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous mellomella said...

Oh my! Sundance Head ALSO has a poor, abandoned child? Shameless. Well, maybe his wife cheated on him and he isn't the father. Whew. We can only hope.



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