Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rooting for the Hometown Girl


By Maggie

Okay, don't fall off your chairs or anything, but I'm all set to watch "American Idol" tonight--all two hours worth.

Surprised? Well, if you've been regularly reading our Cozy Chicks posts, you probably are. I've posted to other Chicks' posts about Idol by saying I stayed away from watching the show regularly because every time I paused in channel surfing, someone was singing SO badly it made nails on a chalk board sound good. That's the trouble with being a singer. You develop a really sensitive ear, and you can't listen to people singing in the "cracks."

Well, I have a reason to watch tonight. Fort Collins has a local high girl who has made the Idol Semi-finals. Twelve girl singers and twelve guys. When I read that in last week's newspaper, I decided I had to check in and cheer on our "hometown girl."



Who is she? Haeley Vaughn, a sixteen year old high school junior. She even goes to the same high school my daughters Serena and Maria graduated from years ago. How great is that? Haeley has been singing and taking guitar lessons for four years now, and from the brief snippets I've seen on Colorado news channels, she's really good. So good, that apparently even tough judge Simon Cowell told Haeley she's "super, super talented." And, we all know Simon doesn't praise lightly. Haeley sings country/pop. And, judging from some of the other brief views I had of the semi-finals, she's up against some very talented young singers. In fact, I was really surprised by the good singers I heard.

So, I guess I discovered how to watch Idol. Wait until Semi-Finals week and enjoy all the fresh young talent on display. What about you? Will you be watching? Do you have any favorites yet?

18 comments:

Jessica said...

No favorites as of yet...but I'm an AI fan from start to finish! Haven't missed a season since it started LOL :-)

Crystal Clear Proofing said...

I don't watch Idol and have never really understood the popularity of it. BUT, when there's a semi-finalist from your hometown or somewhere near, yes - that I would watch. As a matter of fact a few years ago there was a girl who attended the high school where I live and I did tune in for that.

Katie said...

I gave up AI for Lent. not really, I just don't have time to watch it.

Mason Canyon said...

Hometown girl in the mix, definitely watch it. I'm not a big fan anymore, but I'll be sending her all my best wishes.

Leann Sweeney said...

I love Idol. And now I have a special someone to root for. That's very cool. Go Haeley!!

Jeanne C. said...

It's funny - I'm not an Idol fan. But, when clicking through the channels and I come across it, I can never seem to get myself to change the channel! I guess I'm a "closet" fan! :)

Sheila Connolly said...

Hey, the Boston area has two female finalists! And the level of talent is amazing. Makes you wonder how some of these under-twenties got so good so young.

Lover of Books said...

I never really cared for it. But I did watch a broadway reality show a couple of years ago cause a girl from where I live was trying to become the next sandy in Grease. So I understand the pull of the home town kiddos. :)

Krista

Maggie Sefton said...

Julie-Whenever I saw footage of the finalists over the years, it was interesting to try and guess the winner. Often, the ones I liked the best didn't win the vote.

Crystal Clear---Hometown Girl, you've gotta watch.

Katie---That's another reason I don't watch regularly, Katie. Not enough time. Too many demands on the time.

Maggie Sefton said...

Mason Canyon--She'll need them because there are a LOT of good singers there. It'll be interesting to see who's weeded out. Give your kitty a pat for me.

Leann---Thanks. She's so cute. I think I even spy braces still on her teeth. Not sure, though. Take a look and tell me what you think.

Jeanne--I think we're fascinated by the contest and the watching the dreams in their eyes.

Maggie Sefton said...

Sorry, Jessica---I had friend Julie on the brain. Meant to type your name. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Sheila---What are their names so I can watch for them? Thanks for telling me.

Lover of Books---That is so cool. She had to have worked very, very hard through childhood and teenage years to study singing and dancing and perform in every performance possible. Talk about a hard job--breaking into Broadway has got to be the hardest. Kudos to her.

Dru said...

I'm not a watcher, but I wish her best of luck.

signlady217 said...

My husband loves to watch Idol! Even the bad singers, so he can laugh at how deluded they are! He has a really strong tenor voice, and has been involved in music since elementary school, so he knows what to listen/look for, plus he has his favorites like anyone else. I don't watch it that much anymore; I started getting bored with it.

jbstanley said...

I'm watching and will follow the contestants all season. I'm too cheap to call and vote though!

jbstanley said...

I'm watching and will follow the contestants all season. I'm too cheap to call and vote though!

Maggie Sefton said...

She'll need it, Dru.

signlady--How in the world does he stand it? Yikes!

JB---Gee, I didn't know it cost anything,

Sarah said...

I've never watched American Idol but good luck to Haeley!

Sarah