3/27/2006

American Idol Is Usurping My Life

Guest Post from the Scoutmaster I’ve been waiting forever for someone I know to be on a Reality TV show. There were several near misses; Zora from Joe Millionaire was from Boulder, my friend Brooke knew someone on The Biggest Loser... but until this season of American Idol, there was no one I knew personally. Then came Ace Young. I’ve known Ace since he was a wee child. We’re not close friends, but I like to think he’d be able to pick me out of a crowd. His older brother Mark certainly could. We were in the same cooking class in high school, and he often entertained me while my cream puffs burned across the classroom. But Ace---about 6 years younger than I am---was always around at ward functions. His specialty was singing hip hop renditions of carols at the ward Christmas party with his mom and brothers. My mother was the one to break the news; you’d have thought Ace was her son, she was so proud. I’ve never been a religious watcher of the program (I mean come on, it’s no Bachelor), but I could definitely identify Fantasia and Rueben for you, and I might even be able to hum a Clay Aiken song if tortured. Suddenly though, Idol has taken over my nights... with a vengeance. I had no clue what a time commitment this show would be. They spent the first 5 weeks just showing the try outs. It was amusing at first, but after three nights at an hour per show, the whole mocking bad singers vs. the occasional jubilant success story was getting oooooooooooooooooold. So I skipped a few weeks but lucked out to see Ace’s try out. I could tell by the look on Paula’s face that he was “going to Hollywood!” She probably even owns several of these. After tryouts came another few weeks of whittling down the massive group into 24 finalists. I tried watching some of these episodes; but frankly, it was just too much. How many sets of singing twins are there in the world? Finally the top 24 were announced; I was happy to hear that Ace had made it that far. I began watching in earnest again, but didn’t realize how often this freaking show is on. Again, three nights a week for hours and hours with about 20 million commercials packed in. They’ve ALMOST convinced me to buy a Ford. Months after the premiere, they announced the top 12. This was a huge relief, as now the show would be condensed into two nights a week, but each Tuesday night show was a whopping two hours. What up Fox? How much time do you think we have to kill? We watched the first week of this and were almost as shocked as Ace when he appeared in the bottom three on results night. Mr. Supportive (my husband) softly muttered that he hoped Ace got kicked off the show, just so we could get our weeknights back. I half agreed with him. So here I am now, sitting at my computer 45 minutes after the show has ended, frantically dialing so I can vote for Ace. The first few times my call failed and now I just get a busy signal. I should REALLY be loading the dishwasher and making lunches for tomorrow; it’s unbelieveable how manipulated I’ve been by a TV show. Although I really can’t put all the blame on them; my mom has also pressured me to vote since Ace’s mom is her visiting teacher. My 5 year old daughter is pulling for Ace too, and has even picked out the song she wants to sing when she’s on American Idol... Puff the Magic Dragon. All this, and I just found out the show goes until MAY. What’s a girl to do?

15 Comments:

Anonymous Geoff J said...

So Ace is a Morm, huh? I had no idea.

3/27/2006 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie J said...

I had no idea either! Crazy! He bugs me though...I'm rooting for Chris.

3/27/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Ana said...

Wait, really? I totally had Ace pegged for a gay guy. Not that he couldn't be both.

3/27/2006 01:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Scoutmaster said...

Technically, Ace is not Mormon. I guess he was never baptized. His mom is super-active though; a really nice, quality lady. He did attend a lot of church with her when he was growing up.

3/27/2006 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to inform you... but I'm rooting for Ace to go all the way. There goes your weeknights!

3/27/2006 03:10:00 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I will admit it...yes I will. When Ace sang "I Will Be Your Father Figure" during the top 24 I blushed. BLUSHED. That smile, girls, I don't know, but it sure gets me every time!

Katharine McPhee has the most brilliant and on-key voice of all of them...now if she would just start wearing clothes....

3/27/2006 04:11:00 PM  
Anonymous mimi said...

Oh, come on!! Chris: the step-daddy that gave up his dream to provide for his new family!!! The choice is easy my sisters! Nothing against Ace, he is beautiful, but HELLO!!! the Daddy factor trumps them all. (plus he's bald and that is SEXY!)

3/27/2006 04:28:00 PM  
Blogger Ana said...

Hint for all of you: just save all your laundry folding for Tuesday nights. That's what I do. Hence the mountain on the couch right now. It's ugly all week but it eases my AI guilt.

3/27/2006 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Island Queen said...

That's cool! My sister and I were actually wondering if he was LDS. There was something about him. Must have gotten through osmosis (sp?)
:-)

3/28/2006 01:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Susan M said...

So wait a minute--Ace Young is his actual name? Every time I see him I think, "Frehley Angus."

3/28/2006 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger Jamie J said...

His real name is Brett Asa Young. He was named after his grandpa. He just goes by Ace.

3/28/2006 05:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm scoutmaster's littler sister - so actually, he is my claim to fame not hers. we sang a duet in a roadshow together. i think i was dressed as a devil, and got pulled over for speeding on the way home. the cop made me get out of the car too. that was embarrasing.

anyway, he has always gone by ace. sounds like an agent told him to pick that name - but i swear, he has always gone by it. now the beanie on the other hand...that is definitely a new development.

3/29/2006 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pardon me here while I go a bit fangurly on you.

You know Ace? You touched Ace? You spoke with Ace?

*sigh*

Lucky! Ok, I'm done. Carry on

4/01/2006 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I rewatch the performances of Ace every day after school over and over again especially Butterflies and I wanna cry. I just go crazy over him. The other day my dad said hmm amy, i wonder if he is mormon, his last name is young you know, and I said know way jose and then my friend came over and said that her hair dresser is in Ace's Stake and that she knew his family!!! I almost died. He really is mormon. sigh...
his smile and voice and face....

4/10/2006 01:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Ace is mormom, I was wondering why he wore a cross and nails that represented the ones hammered in to Jesus.

8/08/2006 06:20:00 PM  

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