It’s been like Freaky Friday over here in I Do Things Land.
For years, I’ve nagged my mom to watch American Idol, and she has steadfastly refused. Then all of the sudden, she became a rabid fan, and I totally lost interest.
Wrong. When you consider that contestant/finalist/winner Lee DeWyze is from my mom’s hometown of Mt. Prospect, it only makes sense that she’d become a fan. Me, I had nothing against Lee, but the show simply did not draw me in this season.
Meanwhile, my mom was Lee’s biggest supporter. She even went to the huge “Lee Comes Home” parade, managing to elbow her way through the crowds to get this amazing photo:
It’s like you’re RIGHT THERE!
When Mom asked me to go to the AI finale viewing party at Mt. Prospect’s Village Green, I agreed. Even tho I wasn’t all that interested, it sounded like a fun thing to do on a summer evening.
Wow. Mt Prospectians are crazy for Lee. There were about 5,000 screaming people, most of them wearing neon-green “BE-LEE-VE” T-shirts and “Lee Is DeWyzing Me Crazy” hats.
I had planned to interview some of the fans, but I accidentally sat on my water bottle and ensoakened the seat of my shorts. But, even tho I had to remain seated, I conducted what was probably the best interview of the evening:
Fifteen minutes into the show, we realized something: We are giant babies and cannot handle crowds. Those asshats in front of us were never going to sit down, and that cheap hot dog was definitely not agreeing with me. We dragged our lawnchairs through the throng of people and sped back to my mom’s condo.
Mom’s living room may have lacked the exciting atmosphere of a crowd of screaming Lee fans, but at least I was able to change into dry shorts and see the TV screen without having to yell, “DOWN IN FRONT (asshat)!” Also there were cookies. And despite having to answer my mom’s “Who’s that” every time an ancient celebrity appeared, I quite enjoyed the finale.
So: Was Crystal robbed? Did Idol fans vote for the same guy 3 seasons in a row? Was that really Janet Jackson’s butt?
I don’t know and I don’t care. Lee won, and that made my mom happy.
And a happy Mom is a happy JD.
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WATCH! A professional (but Mom-less) video of the viewing party at the Village Green: