Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (March 28-April 3, 2005).
KIDS CHOOSE: It's interesting that the choices of children are really only lauded once a year, seeing as their whims control much of what entertainment is produced and consumed these days. Nonetheless, Nickelodeon will for the 18th year show us who is hot with its annual Kids' Choice Awards.
Saturday's ceremony will be broadcast live on the East Coast and will be tape-delayed on the West Coast. The affair will feature Will Smith and Simple Plan performing and appearances by everyone from Justin Timberlake and his squeeze Cameron Diaz to Chris Rock, Hilary Duff, Will Ferrell and Jesse McCartney.
So, tune in to find out what your kids really like.
THANK YOU 'IDOL' VIEWERS: All I can ask is what took you so long? Not sure what I'm talking about? Well, Mikalah Gordon finally got the boot last week, lasting far longer than I could have ever imagined. I'm not usually one to overtly knock any contestant on this show, but I'm still amazed that she even made it to the finalist rounds! I can picture Scooter Girl sitting at home steaming mad about that one...
Anywhoo, it's down to 10 competitors following last week's vote and revote (if only U.S. elections were this easy!) and I'm ready to come clean on who I'm rooting for and who I think will win.
At first I was predicting Nadia Turner to take the whole thing, but her performance last week left me flat and America too, judging by the results that put her near the bottom. So, I no longer think she's a lock, and I was burned last year when I picked LaToya London to go all the way and America let me down by still unfathomably letting her go before Diana DeGarmo.
So, now I'm convinced that Bo Bice will be the big winner this time around, which would keep nicely with the female (Kelly Clarkson) male (Ruben Studdard) female (Fantasia) winners pattern. He's talented and sticks to what he does best and has been turning stuff out at a consistently high level.
On a personal note, I'm hoping for a win by Anwar Robinson. On a geographical basis, he hails from few towns away from where I live in New Jersey, but he's a strong talent and he continually surprises me with his song choices and interpretations. We'll have to wait for 10 more weeks to see how it all turns out.
ZZZzzzz... Wake up! Here's some stuff that you'll enjoy watching through the week:
Monday: I'm a sucker for Lisa Loeb. Catch her on CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson."
Tuesday: If it's not "Idol," then it's "Nashville Star" on USA Network... or, better yet, it's Kings Of Leon on NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
Wednesday: Everclear's Art Alexakis will warble out the classic protest song "Fixin' To Die Rag" as he portrays the namesake frontman of Woodstock performer Country Joe & the Fish on this week's episode of NBC's "American Dreams."
Thursday: John Doe formed X, wrote great songs, acted in some good movies and is generally cooler than most. He's also performing on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."
Friday: In the midst of their annual residency at New York's Beacon Theatre, the Allman Brothers will make a stop at NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."
Saturday: Former Phish-erman Trey Anastasio does it solo on PBS' "Austin City Limits" and Green Day does the "Storytellers" thing on VH1.
Sunday: Buddy Guy is one of the few remaining quintessential bluesmen and he'll entertain your thoughts on that on VH1 Classic's "All Star Jams."