So Chris Sligh is gone, because some amorphous, indeterminate entities continue to vote for Haley. Fine by me! It was a bit of a bitchslap, because they guy thought he knew the Idol game. And he did know the game, but he was too heavy-handed with it. Though, let's give him his due -- he made it to the top 10 on the basis of a non-threatening voice even though he looked like Porky Pig in hipster glasses and a well-worn Annie wig. Ultimately, though, he tried to play both sides, and that just won't work. You most certainly can be sarcastic and mocking of the proceedings and get away with it, even on AI. But you can't simultaneously ask for love and acceptance by the masses.
His behavior was kind of like if Sid Vicious had puked on people in the audience and then apologized and asked forgiveness for it. No. Sid didn't do that. He'd just vomit and leave it at that. Chris would give a little snark and then prostrate himself before the judges and audience after the fact. It all just made him smarmy.
Naturally, I'm all excited for Tony Bennett next week. We'll see if anyone has the guts to belt out "Rags to Riches" with Carmine Ragusa gusto. Sanjaya's already murdered "Steppin' Out" so maybe he'll take his shot at effeminating the hell out of "For Once In My Life."
Anyhow, because I love Tony so much, I'll run a little contest. Ready for it? Here goes: How many times will Tony say great? Readers here can take a guess at the number. (kind of like "guess the number of jellybeans in the jar" thing.) I'll then keep a careful tally, and whoever comes the closest will win a free, signed copy of any of my books or anthologies. (24/7, Trattoria, Mutual Holdings, Rebellion: New Voices of Fiction, Caramel Flava, Mammoth Best New Erotica 6, or Best American Erotica 2007.) Your pick which one you want. And if anyone nails the exact number, I'll even toss in a little Benedetto bonus.
So drop a comment with your guess here, or e-mail it to me. It'll be great, just great. Really, really great.
And, in the meantime, don't forget to stop by Rebel Press to check out the latest chapters of Don Capone's free, serialized novel Like I've Never Been Born.