I’ve got three odds and ends to discuss, so I decided to gather them into one post! Huzzah!
1) I had the absolute honor of writing a guest post on Heather Whaling‘s PRtini.com, which has been one of my favorite industry blogs for years! I’m so excited that Heather and I will be in the same place at the same time at SXSW, after many “just missed yas.”
My post, 11 Ideas to Kickstart A Brand’s Facebook Timeline, can be found here.
2) So long, Davy Jones
When I was a kid, I used to watch the reruns of The Monkees ALL THE TIME! I remember how crushed I felt when I found out the show was actually 20 years old by the time I watched it.
Nevertheless, The Monkees were one of my first favorite bands.
Their lead singer, Davy Jones, died this week at just 66. I know for many people, across several generations, Davy’s voice was part of the soundtrack of life.
Here is my favorite track by The Monkees – and it was my favorite before Shrek.
3) American Idol vs. The Voice
American Idol was one of my favorite TV shows.
Whew, glad to get that off my chest.
I never saw The X Factor as competition, since they were on the same network and in different seasons.
However, the time has come to realize the Idol’s days are done, with a much superior show taking it’s place.
The Voice is just better – the coaches (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green) soundly trump the Idol judges (Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler). The talent level is so much greater and the performances feel much less campy.
On Idol, it’s painful to see world-famous musicians try to convince themselves that a horrible performance was great. The Voice doesn’t show comedically-bad performances – just people trying to take the next step in their careers.
I’ll still take Ryan Seacrest over Carson Daly, but that’s not enough to save a tired show.
Sorry, Idol – you had a good run, but we’re through.