Alex Lambert joins 'If I Can Dream'...will American Idol's loss be Web series' gain?
Look, I’m a crazy person. When it comes to American Idol, I bruise easily, and I never truly heal. People with clear-thinking brains and/or good therapists are no longer filled with RAGE thinking about how Aloha Mischeaux, Sabrina Sloan, and Ricky Braddy all got robbed from their respective top 12 slots in seasons 4, 6, and 8. I, on the other hand, continue to seethe…my only succor found by listening to Aloha’s bangin’ R&B tracks on her MySpace page, dreaming about Sabrina’s never-completed duets disc with Sundance Head, and following Mr. Braddy on Twitter.
For better or for worse, though, season 9 of Idol — or more specifically the heinous early ouster of shy, mullet-sporting Alex Lambert — has spread “semifinal fury syndrome (SFS)” to a much wider audience. Close to 19,000 Lambert fans signed a petition at Change.org to reinstate him on the show, a movement that caught the eye of Idol creator Simon Fuller, who happens to also be executive producer of If I Can Dream, an online series that follows a group of aspiring young artists (including Justin Gaston, Miley Cyrus’ ex-boyfriend) living together in a house and trying to make their dreams a reality. Alex’s stint in the IICD casa (which kicks off Thursday, April 1, at 8 p.m. EDT) will find him meeting with managers and record labels, gigging around the L.A. area, and writing and testing out new music from the If I Can Dream house — all while sporting a little less “party in the back” on his controversial signature hairstyle. (Ch-ch-check out our first-look photos for evidence!)
The question is, though, as someone whose DVR is so jam-packed that it sometimes cannibalizes its own programs — Gah! Now I’ll never know how Jamie Oliver finished that strawberry jam recipe! — will I be able to find time for a 24-7 Web stream (or more importantly, the 30 minute IICD episodes that look at the residents’ career “journeys” that post every Tuesday morning on Hulu)? Um, file under Hell Yeah! In fact, I would not object to an If I Can Dream spinoff. How about If I Can Dream About a Perfect World Where Singers With Top 5 Potential Outlast Fools Like Tim Urban? Too long? Perhaps. But anyway, as a sucker for everyday people with big dreams (cue Des’ree’s “You Gotta Be” here), I suspect it won’t take long for my Alex obsesh to carry over to one or more of his IICD housemates. In fact, this could be the start of big things for the doe-eyed singer — especially if he grow in confidence as a performer and musician, while hanging on to the gorgeous tone he displayed on “Wonderful World” and “Trouble” during the season 9 semifinals.