I do not watch American Idol but over 30 million Americans do. It is a cultural phenomenon that I do not belittle simply because it largely disgusts me. However, I keep up with cultural phenomenons. My daughter and my wife are into the show. It is, by default in my house, my background noise. My wife has the total hots for Adam Lambert. It is an interesting thing to behold, her enthusiasm.
Anyway, last Wednesday before Lost (which is the only TV show I watch religiously) came on I sat down and watched the last 10 minutes with her before changing the channel. Adam Lambert gave this performance. Most importantly, Simon Cowell responded the way he did - a standing ovation. My bet is that it's the only time he has done anything so highly complementary live on the show. The moment was magic.
I told Jennifer later, after watching that week's episode of Lost, that I think as far as American Idol goes I nailed it in actually experiencing something brilliant for possibly the only time in the show's popular history.
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