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Subject: For VOILA-ga
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television
Asked by: cryptica-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 23 Apr 2003 22:19 PDT
Expires: 23 May 2003 22:19 PDT
Question ID: 194657
Thanks so much for your generosity in assisting PinkFreud and helping ME.
A small token of appreciation.  Please answer:  Who do you want to win 
American Idol?

Request for Question Clarification by voila-ga on 24 Apr 2003 08:20 PDT
Cryptica, you're too sweet!  Waking up with a question with your name
on it is a little slice of researcher heaven.

My pick for American Idol?  Uhh ... we'll be back after this short
break ...

Clarification of Question by cryptica-ga on 24 Apr 2003 11:52 PDT
You can pick a different question!  Pose your own!
Subject: Re: For VOILA-ga
Answered By: voila-ga on 26 Apr 2003 19:28 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Howdy cryptica,

Your question is fine since I want to unheave a few things off my
pendulous bosom about this reality TV phenom.  I didn't see the first
installment of "American Idol" but heard plenty about it at the cyber
water cooler.  Being an open-minded person, I decided to give myself
over to the Idol experience -- the auditions, the website, the fluff
shows, watching religiously every week, etc.  Mind you, I only have
this on in the background while I'm working, so it's not the time
suckage that it sounds.  It does seem, however, that the Fremantle and
Endomol folks have sold us one big pile o' steaming (?).

If I recall correctly, the influx of these shows coincided with the
anticipated Writer's Guild strike in 2001.  It's really quite a shame
that writers in an attempt to get their deserved respect and wages
shot themselves in the proverbial foot.  Their earning power was not
only crippled by this but it allowed reality programming to gain a toe
hold with the networks.  It's sad how this backfired and dominoed on
all of us.  Give me a well-scripted comedy or drama any day of the
week.  Maybe even a resurrection of "Meeting of the Minds?"  I do indeed unplug
for two programs only "Six Feet Under" and "The Sopranos" --
otherwise, I'm quite happy at my Capt. Kirk surf station.

As for your question:

Who will win?  Clay Aiken
Who should win?  Kimberley Locke
Who would've won?  Frenchie Davis 
Who lost?  The American viewer


It was a pleasure assisting you and pinkfreud last weekend with the
History of Marriage on TV Chronology.  It gave me a chance to work on
a fun project and reciprocate some much deserved payback to PF who
helps me constantly during the week.  I'm proud to call her my
cyberfiend ... I mean friend.  If you could have a peek behind the
researcher's curtain, you'd see there's a great deal of caring and
respect we have for one another.  In fact, your question will allow me
to donate more generously to one of our members who's hit a bad patch,
so thank you very much for the question and allowing me to pontificate
like a crazy woman.

We very much appreciate customers like you, cryptica, and hope you'll
let us know how the project fares.  We also look forward to helping
you with any future research.  Let the GARs be your ...

Your humble servant,

Clarification of Answer by voila-ga on 28 Apr 2003 12:35 PDT
Thanks for all the stars on this goofy rant.  I'll be finishing out my
brush with AI but that's all for me, thanks.  Obviously reality
programming is still popular with people.  Go figure.

Yep, I'm quite the font fanatic also and this one bugs me along with
the weird spacing thrown in unexpectedly.  Hopefully, we'll have that
fixed come beta graduation.

Don't know the BBS'ing of which you speak since I'm a pup to internet
(4 years) but the community atmosphere here is absolutely a big draw.

Be good!

Request for Answer Clarification by cryptica-ga on 24 May 2003 10:24 PDT
Voila -- PinkFreud gets Showtime, so maybe she'd be willing to
tape the show for you.  As I've told everybody, I could send you
all copies, but I know that kind of personal interaction is officially
forbidden.  still, the offer stands.
As for American Idol, lots of gossip yesterday and in Newsweek over
whether or not the show was "rigged" to have Ruben win.  Even Simon
Cowell was quoted as saying that he held back from criticizing Ruben
towards the end because he wanted him to be in the final two.
I see....Idolgate!

Clarification of Answer by voila-ga on 25 May 2003 08:50 PDT
Hiya cryptica,

Indeed Pinkie is one of my hands in my "get my hands on" reference
although I cringe asking for yet another favor.  I owe her a total of
62 beers already.

Yep, I smell Idolgate as well.  Clay was hands down the better singer
with wider vocal range and infinitely more versatile.  Since the
oddsmakers had this competition so close, I did try to vote on the
final night but it was a constant busy-busy. I do think the fix was
in.  With the Frenchie incident, and the other guy whose name escapes
me (no surprise) with police record, I think most of this was staged
for drama -- and very hokie drama at that.  Let's hear it for much
better programming.

See ya soon,
cryptica-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Now THAT'S what I all an answer, Voila!  Thanks so much for the kind
I love Answers.Google. It reminds me of the early days of BBS'ing and
the sense of community you'd have. You get to know the personalities
of both the researchers AND the "regulars."  And frankly, logging on
every few hours to check the status of my TV Marriage question and
bouncing ideas off everybody -- and reading other questions from OTHER
people and offering info if I have it -- is my secret work-place
escape.   I just wish the FONTS weren't so ugly here in the text box. 
  Thanks again.  There WILL be more questions!

Subject: Re: For VOILA-ga
From: voila-ga on 24 Apr 2003 12:42 PDT
I'm usually in read/surf mode during the week with the mits feverishly
clicking away at my "other job."  Would it be okay to answer this
Subject: Re: For VOILA-ga
From: cryptica-ga on 24 Apr 2003 13:28 PDT
Subject: Re: For VOILA-ga
From: voila-ga on 24 May 2003 08:02 PDT
Greetings cryptica,

Thanks so much for your generous gesture of including the GARs in the
credits for your show.  It was such a fun project to work on and a way
to pay back Pinkie for all her help.  The credit reward is just icing
on a researcher's cake.

Quite honestly, I thought the show might be the ABC 50th Anniversary
Special since they did a marriage retrospective.  Not knowing which
network you worked for, I've been combing the TV Guide for possible
suspects.  Thanks so much for letting us know the schedule.  I watched
the trailer for "Out of Order" and it looks like something I'd
definitely watch.  My mom refers to these shows as "talkies." ;-) I
don't have Showtime, only HBO and STARZ, but I'm trying to get my
hands on a copy.

Thanks again for kindness in directing this question to me.  My pick
for AI didn't win, but it did creep me out when Clay sang "Bridge Over
Troubled Water," the one-of-many GAR theme songs.  That's it for me on
reality programming.  Bring on the "talkies!"

Best wishes for success with "Out of Order,"

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