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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Feb. 2, 2007 / 14 Shevat, 5767

“Idol” appearance in exploratory committee

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I just finished reading another piece chastising the brutish behavior of the judges on "American Idol" when I begin toying with the idea of making a run for it myself. In keeping with the times, I like to call it my exploratory committee.

"What do you think about me auditioning for 'American Idol?'" I casually ask the husband.

He drops his newspaper, peers over the top of his reading glasses and says, "Well, for starters you can't sing."

"Take that back," I snap. "I can sing."

"OK, fine," he says. "You can sing. You just can't sing on key."

"That's better. I'll need to have it in my bio that someone close to me said I could sing." I begin taking notes: My husband was the first one to notice that I could sing.

"OK, now what do you think about my dancing? My choreography?"


"Of course, I want honesty. I'll be going on a show with 33 million viewers."

"I would have to say your dancing is on a par with your singing."

"Let's put that in perspective," I snap. "When we danced at the McFee wedding last month who managed to remain upright the entire time she was on the dance floor?"

"You did. But the only reason I fell is that I went too low on the last refrain of 'Twist and Shout.'"

"Irrelevant," I respond. "So, would you say, that between the two of us, I was the better dancer?"

"You were the best," he says.

Another note: My family says I am the best dancer.

"Assuming you can find a screener with exceptionally low vision and impaired hearing, what exactly do you plan on doing for your audition?"

"I will be doing my high school fight song with the corresponding arm motions but minus the pom-poms. I'll have to march in place, but I don't think Simon will mind. It will require less eye movement from him."

"Isn't your school fight song an adaptation of 'California Here I Come?'"
"Yes it is. Y-E-L-L-O-W J-A-C-K-E-T-S, we yell it, we spell it, all through the game! We never will change it, it will always be the same!"

"And you know they're going to detest it, right?."

"I'm counting on it. Randy will say, 'Sorry, dawg.' Paula will slide out of her chair and slur something unintelligible, and Simon will deliver a scathing critique -- hopefully something with name calling and disparaging comments about my physical appearance."

The husband shakes his head.

"It's the new American dream," I say. "You become famous for having no talent, for being delusional and having those around you encourage you in your delusions. The two young men the judges blasted this season now have agents. They've done 'The Jimmy Kimmel Show,' 'Today' and are hoping for a spot on 'The View.'

"They're talking commercials. And don't forget William Hung, the civil engineering student who turned his lack of talent into a $25,000 recording deal and a movie.

"I'm thinking of crying, too," I say. "Tears ought to be good for a couple of endorsements. What do you think?"

"I think it's just twisted enough it might work."

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