I can still remember the night when it was announced that Blake Lewis has lost the sixth season of American Idol to Jordin Sparks. That was when the world stopped making sense to me. Nothing against Jordin but how, I wondered, could she have won while Blake was so cute and adorkable!? It just didn’t make sense to me!
Of course, the judges were never on Blake’s side. During the final weeks, when it became obvious that the finale would be Blake vs. Jordin, the judges went out of their way to nitpick every performance that Blake gave. It upset me. I spent a lot of time that March calling and voting for Blake. When he lost, American Idol lost me as well. I’ve never voted since and, of course, I’m now actually an adult so it would hard for me to justify still caring about the show at this point.
(My cousin-in-law Ronny used to say that he would only watch American Idol to see the judges be mean. Once they stopped being mean, he lost interest. He had the right idea. Reality competition shows are so positive now that I have a difficult time watching them. For instance, last year, I nearly threw my shoes at the TV while trying to watch an episode of America’s Got Talent. The whole thing where the judges are all crying and going, “YOU! You are what this competition is about!” is just so creepy and weird.)
Anyway, Blake continued to make music even after losing American Idol. This is his video for Sad Song, which came off of his second studio album, Heartbreak on Vinyl. The video is meant to recall both 40s film noir and 80s video glitz and I think it succeeds fairly well. Blake’s co-star in the video is Casey Carlson, who was featured during the 8th season of American Idol.
(Speaking of sad songs, my vacation’s nearly over! Boo hoo, says I.)