My Mom Watched American Idol

But I know I’m gonna change that tune,
When I’m back on top, back on top in June

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.

Freaky, right?

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:

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39 Responses to “My Mom Watched American Idol”

  1. 1 Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    Wow man, you gots mad interviewing skillz.

    I have never seen an entire episode of AI before and have no idea who this Lee guy is. How lame am I when it comes to that particular slice of American pop culture?
    .-= Margaret (Nanny Goats)´s last blog ..GTOTD: Photobombing and Falling Freddy =-.

  2. 2 Stephanie Barr

    I still don’t watch American Idol (though I’ve been exposed). Glad your mother and you could take care of that for me.
    .-= Stephanie Barr´s last blog ..Classic: So, What Makes a Good Story =-.

  3. 3 Pricilla

    We do not watch this show either.
    There are no singing goats.
    What is up with that?
    I can MAAAAAAAA like no other goat and should be a STAR!

    I am glad you mother is happy though.
    It is good for moms to be happy.
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..Timmy Explores the Goat Pen =-.

  4. 4 Kathy

    OH, that looked like so much fun! Sorry about your soggy shorts.

    I love your Mom! What’d she say at the end? “I’m smokin’”?

    You too are so adorable.

    Peace out!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Same Baby? You Be the Judge =-.

  5. 5 Grace

    Your Mom is just adorable. Where is Mt. Prospect and who are these people you are talking about?
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..Sunday Serenade =-.

  6. 6 Daisy the Curly Cat

    I think I love your mommeh, too! And she is smart to know that pink is the very, very best color to wear.
    .-= Daisy the Curly Cat´s last blog ..Fashion Friday: FORE! =-.

  7. 7 Surfie

    I think having someone from my hometown on the show would be the only way I’d ever watch AI. I’ve just never been interested. I hate all the drama they imbue into the show. I’m not a fan of reality shows, but I do like talent shows. If they didn’t drag everything out so much I might be able to watch it.
    .-= Surfie´s last blog ..PhotoHunt: Memorial =-.

  8. 8 ZBird (Cockatiel Confessions)

    Uncle Charles (we call him UC) he went out and bought a head-set phone so he could vote…so you wouldn’t have to! He voted over 250 times for Crystal! I guess you needed to do it after all.
    .-= ZBird (Cockatiel Confessions)´s last blog ..You Gotta Z This! (Dog Stuck In A Car?) =-.

  9. 9 CatLadyLarew

    Is Mount Prospect like Mount Ida? Hope your mom was happy with the outcome… fun seeing her on the small screen!
    .-= CatLadyLarew´s last blog ..My Destiny Awaits! =-.

  10. 10 puglette

    i truly appreciate your mom and you for watching american idol for me. i watched about 20 minutes of the very first episode and was sure that the show would be canceled immediately!

    i too would love to be a member of the JD’s Mom Fan Club. she is a peach!

    and were you afraid if you stood up in wet shorts someone would think you had peed your pants? or were they white shorts and you had on dark undies. either way, if i saw you i wouldn’t have pointed, just whispered behind your back.
    hugs,
    puglette
    :)

    i am working on the wedding cupcake story…please stand by. and thank you for the link love. :o)
    .-= puglette´s last blog ..Memorial Day Weekend =-.

  11. 11 injaynesworld

    I’m glad your mom was happy and yes — they have voted for the same (boring) guy three years in a row now and yes — Crystal was robbed. Must’ve been that microphone of hers that looked like a bong.
    .-= injaynesworld´s last blog ..injaynesworld it’s the "Sunday Recap…" =-.

  12. 12 Ron

    Can you believe I have NEVER seen American Idol in my whole life? I know…I should be shot! But, I gotta tell ya…this post was AWESOME!!!

    And listen, you should be doing professional interviews, girl. I mean it! You’ve got a wonderfully natural, relaxed, yet dazzling way of speaking in front of the camera! GREAT teeth!

    The interview with your adorable mom, ROCKS!

    So glad you had this opportunity. I bet it was fun. And Lee WON!!

    I’m just like you, I don’t “do” crowds very well. It amazes me that I live in a city.

    Thanks for sharing such a great moment!

    Happy Memorial Day tomorrow….X
    .-= Ron´s last blog ..About Sarah Jessica Parkers’ Dress =-.

  13. 13 Lauren

    What a great mom moment. My mom is also an Idol fan.

    I’m also an AI addict. I thought Crystal was robbed but don’t think that winning AI is necessarily a good thing. In past seasons, the runner up or even the third or fourth place winner has ended up having a more notable career than the winner.

    P.S. I hate crowds, too. Standing cheek to cheek (any cheek) with a stranger is not my idea of fun, especially if cheap hot dogs are involved.
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Adventures in Blog Land. =-.

  14. 14 Lin

    Rock on, JD’s Mom!! I LOVE your mom–kinda reminded me of those old Lettermen shows when his mom was on.

    I’m with ya–I hate crowds too. Too many asshats everywhere!! But that at least looked like fun. What was with the smoke?? Were they smokin’ dope or just BBQ-ing??
    .-= Lin´s last blog ..Tassels and Tussles =-.

  15. 15 Sheila Sultani

    Thank God (or your mom)- because if I ever have to watch that stupid show I’ll probably shove roasted peanuts in my ears.
    .-= Sheila Sultani´s last blog ..Perky Nipples – My Epiphany Moment =-.

  16. 16 Kathleen Kaufman

    What do they do with those ‘Vote4Lee’ t-shirts now? Keep wearing them? Good thing he won, but if the shirts continue to be worn they start to look a little Kathy Bates I’m your biggest fanesque. It’s the same reason I’ve always refused to put political bumper stickers on my car – you don’t want to risk being the guy in the Gore/Lieberman car on the freeway…..

    I heart your mom. I tried watching American Idol with my folks once…once. Every couple of minutes my mom would crinkle her nose and say ‘They’re terrible. Why are we watching this?’ Then my step-dad would interject with ‘That’s like owls fighting on a tin roof.’

    I’m not sure what that mean, but I’m pretty sure it’s not good.
    .-= Kathleen Kaufman´s last blog ..3 Gulf Coast Conspiracy Theories =-.

  17. 17 absepa

    Your mom seems like so much fun! My husband doesn’t do crowds either, so I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to be in one. I think I have sat on a water bottle at least once, though. Nothing like walking around in a big bunch of people with wet pants to make you feel conspicuous.
    .-= absepa´s last blog ..No, Mr. Spider, I expect you to die =-.

  18. 18 JD

    Margaret (Nanny Goats): You are the opposite of lame. As for interviewing skillz, I am embarrassed that you even saw this, considering your illustrious past and awesome interviews. *hangs head in shame

    Stephanie Barr: Glad to do it. Well, glad to do it from the comfort of my mom’s living room. Those rabid Lee fans were a little skeery.

    Pricilla: I hope someday they create “Goat Idol,” so all the world can hear your beautiful “MAAAAA.” I think that would make my mom happy too.

    Kathy: She said, “I’ve spoken,” indicating that she would not be roped in to saying “Peace out” or anything else that would make her look silly. Thank you. We had a really good time.

    Grace: Thank you! I agree. Mt. Prospect is a suburb of Illinois (or are you being sarcastic?) As for the people I’m talking about, you’re probably better off not knowing.

    Daisy the Curly Cat: Aw! I KNOW my mommeh absolutely loves you and Harley, so she will be thrilled to read your comment. And she DOES have good taste in clothes, doesn’t she?

    Surfie: The finale was really stuffed with filler, too. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed just watching it on my own. But my mom was so into it.

    ZBird (Cockatiel Confessions): Sorry, Uncle Charles! I guess my mom’s 2 or 3 votes for Lee pushed him over the edge. (I heard it was just a 2 % margin.)

    CatLadyLarew: My mom is a natural. I think Mt. Prospect is EXACTLY like Mt. Ida, except for the crazed Lee DeWyze fans.

    puglette: Thanks for the nice words about my mom. Membership is free! Join today! My shorts were dark, so I was afraid of the first scenario. Deathly afraid. Thank you for not pointing. The whispering I can handle.

    injaynesworld: HA! Yes, the bong microphone. I really wanted Adam Lambert to win last year; since then, I haven’t been interested. Lee seems like a nice guy, tho. Sadly, he’ll probably go the way of Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard.

    Ron: Aw, thanks! I do rather pride myself on nice teeth. (My mom would butt in here and say it’s because she stood over me and forced me to brush my teeth 7,000 times a day). You might not think the interview was so great if I told you I’d done about 11 takes before that one. But I’m not going to tell you that.

    Lauren: I agree. Crystal will probably do much better than Lee. I didn’t realize the viewing party would be so crowded. I’m so glad we left early; getting out of there along with 5,000 people would’ve been a nightmare.

    Lin: THANK YOU! And my mom thanks you. Man, I WISH there was dope there, but no. It was from the grill of one of the many food vendors. I thought they were grilling hot dogs, but when I ordered one, the lady just pulled it out of a steam box. Bleah.

    Sheila Sultani: Wow, I’m glad we could help! Roasted peanuts sound painful. But I suppose they could be very effective.

    Kathleen Kaufman: HA! Love the bumpersticker comment. Thanks for hearting my mom. She’s extremely heartable. Also? “Owls fighting on a tin roof” is my new favorite saying.

    absepa: Argh. I was so mad about my wet pants. And it happened IMMEDIATELY so I was completely immobilized from the beginning. Luckily I had brought a blanket and so just sat on that.

  19. 19 Grace

    Nope, not being sarcastic at all. Truly ignorant of all things Idol.
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..Sunday Serenade =-.

  20. 20 dcr

    I’m just glad either one of you is watching so I don’t have to. ;)
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..Super Sunday Mystery Post =-.

  21. 21 babs - beetle

    We are in the midst of our ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ series at the moment. We always watch it, for the laugh at the beginning (there are so many delusional people out there) and then just to see if our favourite wins.
    Your mum is a live wire I see!
    .-= babs – beetle´s last blog ..We survived =-.

  22. 22 Lola

    I watched a bit of this season’s AI, but I missed the finale. I was really only wanting to catch the end anyway. And I had a feeling that Lee was going to win. I was rooting for Crystal, so I was a bit bummed. I think she has more raw talent, but being number 2, I’m sure she’ll get a record contract anyway.
    .-= Lola´s last blog ..No longer a camping virgin =-.

  23. 23 V

    wait, janet jackson was on american idol and i missed her. waaaahhhh.

    i dump AI after the auditions and then watch the last show, but missed it.

    not sure it was that great this year.

  24. 24 JD

    Grace: OK, just checking! I think being ignorant of all things Idol is a healthy way to be. And I didn’t mean to assume that everyone should know where Mt. Prospect is. It’s just a small town.

    dcr: You’re welcome. I don’t know if you can count on either of us for next season tho.

    babs – beetle: Yes, she is! I enjoy the “delusional people” who audition for AI. And of course the producers who let them get through to the audition stage just for entertainment purposes.

    Lola: Yes, I think Crystal will probably do even better than Lee. She’ll be able to do what she wants rather than being hampered by the AI machine.

    V: No, I heard it wasn’t that great this year. But Janet’s butt? Amazing.

  25. 25 Jen

    I didn’t watch this year, I meant to but it never happened. Your mom is too cute! I’m so glad he won just because it made your mom happy.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Talking to Myself =-.

  26. 26 MomZombie

    Thank you, JD’s mom for watching AI so I didn’t have to. I wish your mom could have watched LOST for me, too.
    .-= MomZombie´s last blog ..Guests and gifts =-.

  27. 27 dcr

    You have to watch next season, because I really don’t want to!

    Otherwise, if you’re gonna be that way, we’re gonna need to find someone to start a IDoThingsJDWillNotSoYouStillDoNotHaveTo.com blog.
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..How to Make $100 in a Day =-.

  28. 28 Katherine

    “I just sat on my water bottle so I can’t get up”… that is a CLASSIC…. best video EVER!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..One Down, Two To Go =-.

  29. 29 Maureen

    Every season I watch less and less of AI. The only shows I caught this year was a few of the first auditions (because they are hilarious) and the one night ADAM was on.

    I heart Adam.

    Hubby even bought me his CD.

    I heart Adam’s CD too.
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Conversations With Myself =-.

  30. 30 carissa

    I don’t typically watch American Idol, but my roommate does so she calls me in for the best parts. She was a huge Lee fan. She keeps talking about how he has a sparkle in his eye or something like that, I’m not sure.

    I’m glad he won for the sake of my living sanity but even more for you and especially for your mom, who is adorable by the way!
    .-= carissa´s last blog ..My “AHHHHHHHHH (HANDS ON CHEEKS)” Week. =-.

  31. 31 Rachele

    I’m a little afraid of getting stomped on by all these non-AI fans. I need to hang with your mom. I love AI and started out as a big Crystal fan but then Lee grew on me and I was hoping for him to win, too. I think Crystal is the bigger talent and therefore will do better on her own than under the guidelines of the AI winner.
    .-= Rachele´s last blog ..Totally Random June 1st =-.

  32. 32 LionGirl

    We followed AI from Taylor’s Hicks’ year to Adam Lambert’s. We thought we had enough, since Paula no longer one of the judges.
    But reading your blog brings back AI memory, though it is only on TV and one day later than live broadcast.
    Glad your mum finally caught the fever!
    .-= LionGirl´s last blog ..I say that was desperado! =-.

  33. 33 Patricia (Huzzah!)

    Alright, I have to first reacknowledge that Kathleen’s stepdad’s quote is the greatest: ‘They’re terrible. Why are we watching this?’ Then my step-dad would interject with ‘That’s like owls fighting on a tin roof.’ Damn. I plan to put that with my ‘sounds like two cats “making love” in a burlap sack’ description.

    I think Cristal Bobbysocks got totally robbed but Pee-Wee was great as well. Okay, I lied, I didn’t watch it…buuuut…last season there was a fellow from the town where my brother’s lives, but I do not recall his name. He and my sister-in-law actually bought tickets to see him perform–there isn’t much to do in Arkansas on a Friday night, evidently. Remember the ‘shebangs’ guy who couldn’t sing, but got a record deal anyway? I also like that song about pants being on the ground. There’s the extent of my knowledge about American Idol. Ask me about Albanian idol, though…

    I’m sorry about your water bottle incident. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the infamous picture of Fergie (The Black-Eyed Peas Fergie, not-Duchess-of-York-Gimme-Cash-Fergie) had her crotch wet with mystery liquid? Some say sweat, some say other things…perhaps she sat on her water bottle, perhaps she needed to befriend a Charmin bear…

  34. 34 meleah rebeccah

    I totally love American Idol. But, I wasn’t thrilled with this season either. I only watched because it was Simons last year.

    I was very happy when Lee won, even if his voice is kind of one dimensional. He’s humble and he’s cute. And he really has that Joe Cocker thing working for him.

    * Off to watch the video of you and your mom!*
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Doing Things Differently – My Week In Review – [Part Seventeen] =-.

  35. 35 meleah rebeccah

    PS: “Lee Is DeWyzing Me Crazy” is hilarious to me.

    But I died laughing while watching you interview your mom
    Too bad she wouldn’t start a riot!
    Ahahahahhahahahaha
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Doing Things Differently – My Week In Review – [Part Seventeen] =-.

  36. 36 meleah rebeccah

    You could always “Rent” my Gramma Ev, she LOVES to insight riots and tell people off!
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Doing Things Differently – My Week In Review – [Part Seventeen] =-.

  37. 37 Patricia (Huzzah!)

    I just can’t…I can’t understand this…

    You’re in a hurry, you’ve ‘gotta go gotta go gotta go right now’ so you just unleash the dam?? There were no cups, no buckets, no bass drums in which she could pee?

    And there were probably 1000 people backstage, all of whom could have, oh, you know, gotten her a fresh pair of pants, or, in a real rush, just stripped off their pants and give them to the poor girl?

    Fergie, I would give you my pants. They’d be many, many sizes too big, but wouldn’t that be better than going on-stage having done something that a five year old is embarrassed to do? I once saw a program where Queen Elizabeth spoke about her childhood, and one of the first things she learned was how to hold her bladder for a long time (because those parades and junk last FOREVER). Maybe we could get Fergie an audience with HRH and she can teach Fergie how to hold her bladder? They could do kegels together.

    Okay, I just icked myself out imagining Queenie doing kegels.

  38. 38 JD

    Jen: Aw, thanks. I don’t think you missed much, from what I’ve heard. And yes. Anything that makes my mom happy is a good thing.

    MomZombie: Uh-oh. Another disgruntled Lost viewer? I tried to get my mom to watch Lost, but she was not interested. But please let me know if there are any other TV shows we can help you out with.

    dcr: Hey, I can start that blog! I’ve been searching for an idea for a second blog. It might be a little awkward, me doing things JD (me) will not do, but I think I can work it out.

    Katherine: REALLY?! Thank you. The water bottle was a nice touch, I agree.

    Maureen: I missed Adam. I intended to tape that show but messed it up, as usual. I don’t have his CD, but there are 3 songs on it that I absolutely love.

    carissa: I’m sure my mom would agree about Lee’s sparkle. Too bad your roommate couldn’t swing by for the viewing party. She probably would’ve sat on HER water bottle in excitement.

    Rachele: Yes, I agree. It seems like in the past, the runner-up (or even lower on the totem pole; see “Daughtry”) has done better than the winner. I didn’t get nervous about the crowd until we tried to leave. I was afraid they would kill us for going the wrong way.

    LionGirl: Yes, she finally caught AI Fever, tho I don’t know if it’ll last unless there is a contestant from Mt. Prospect on next season’s show. Which seems unlikely.

    Patricia (Huzzah!): I, too, am a huge fan of “two owls fighting on a tin roof.” Owls scare me anyway, so it’s a great phrase for me to throw around. If all you know of Idol is the “shebangs” guy and the “pants on the ground” guy, you are already way ahead of my mom, who’s new catchphrase “Who’s THAT?” has been soldered onto my brain. I have seen the infamous Fergie “Blackeyed Pee” photos. I think she later confessed that it was indeed pee; that she didn’t have time to go before running onstage and then just . . . let go. I actually kind of admire that. Don’t have time to hit the bathroom? JUST PEE YO’ PANTS! Maybe that can somehow be incorporated with the “pants on the ground” song.

    meleah rebeccah: Yeah, I agree about Lee. He really seemed to want to win, and he comes across as a nice guy. I did love the Joe Cocker appearance on the finale, but it would’ve been better . . . without Lee. Sorry, Lee!

    I was so disappointed that my mom wouldn’t even agree to throw my empty, crumpled-up potato chip bag at an annoying kid in front of us. But what’re you gonna do?

    meleah rebeccah: YEAH! Next time I attend a crowded event, I will hire Gramma Ev. I hope she’s reasonable. Can I pay her in cheap hot dogs?

    Patricia (Huzzah!): You know, after reading your comment, I totally agree: WHY couldn’t Fergie have held it? Or used a bucket? What I can’t imagine is just . . . letting go like that. It’s so wrong. I would almost think our bodies would have some kind of “anti-let-go” mechanism to prevent that sort of thing. I mean, I can’t even pee in a bedpan; I really doubt I could just go in my pants.

    I like the idea of dragging the queen into this. If anyone can help Fergie, it’s her.

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