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------------------------------------------------------------ To ensure that you continue to receive Anything Goes e-mails, please add jamie@gophercentral.com to your e-mail address book. ------------------------------------------------------------ Don't be a victim of Identity Theft. Protect yourself today! http://pd.gophercentral.com/u/1172/c/186/a/25 January 19, 2011 Greetings... The former phenomenon, last year's painful disappointment, and this year's unknown is back. American Idol begins again on a new night with two new judges who replace three judges. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez will be replacing Ellen DeGeneres, Kara Dioguardi, and of course, Simon Cowell and joining the only original judge, Randy Jackson to see if they can rebound from last year's horrendous season... I was so disappointed last year that I pondered not watching it this year. I didn't feel, and still am not sure if the show will be the same without Simon, but given his obvious lack of interest in the show last year, I waited with everyone else to see who the new judges would be... When Steven Tyler was named, I had mixed feelings, not that he isn't qualified after being in the music business for 100 years. I'm a fan of Tyler and his band Aerosmith and just wonder if he can stay out of ahem... "Trouble" during the season... When Jennifer Lopez was named, I wrinkled my nose and hoped it was a mistake because I'm not a fan of hers although I give her kudos for the times she has appeared on the show as a mentor to the "kids". I think she is a smarter business woman than a good singer, but hey, I'll give her a chance and try to keep my personal feelings about her aside... I've always liked Randy, but wonder if he will try too hard to be a little more like Simon which would be a mistake. There was only ONE Simon, just like there was only one Paula, goofiness and all... This show has given quite a few singers a golden opportunity and you can hear many of them on the radio at any given moment. I've purchased many of the CD's from not only the winners, but runner-ups who I thought were fantastic. Last season is the first season I couldn't wait to have end and erase from my memory... So I ask...If you have always looked forward to American Idol, will you be watching it this season, if not for anything else, just to see the new format and new judges, or will you take your cue from Simon and leave it for good? One thing is probably certain, we will have to go a few weeks watching every lunatic that thinks they can sing and drama queens and kings that have meltdowns every 15 minutes before we get to the real competition... I admit, I think this is going to be a good year, and actually looking forward to it... THIS is American Idol...

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