Ooooh, a challenge! The gauntlet has been thrown down. I have been asked to Justify My Love for Constantine, y'all! Spurious allegations which cite his performances as coming off "affected" are being bandied about in a willy-nilly, hugger-mugger fashion, so in defense of that Emperor of American Idol Antiquity, I WILL take up this gauntlet.
Okay, fine, I concede that Constantine's performances are somewhat affected, and a tad (a smidgen, a mere iota!) disingenuous. But I ask you: why is this a bad thing? Constantine isn't anymore affected than, say, Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, Steven Tyler, Bono, or any number of other musical geniuses/legends out there. Am I right? I mean, have you SEEN some of these guys perform? Whoo-wee! When Robert Plant was with Zeppelin, GOSH! He was freaking hilarious to watch! This is not to even mention the strategically tight rocker pants her wore, much to my teenaged maidenly embarrassment... Look away! Look away!
And then there is Bono, front man of U2, one of my personal faves. I have seen him perform up-close-and-personal and the dude is FUNKY. And he sweats like a mofo! But it's dead sexy, I tell you! And I generally don't care for sweaty. Ask anyone. They will tell you. Desperate Working Momma no likey the sweaty. But at the U2 Zoo Station TV Tour at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, back in '92, during a performance of Mysterious Ways, Bono sweat RIGHT ON ME, I am SO not kidding, and I was all, "OH. MY. GAW..."
Wait. What was I talking about? Oh yes, Constantine. And I think the dude actually CAN sing, too. I hope he doesn't prove me wrong. And rocker attitude plus funky affectations plus distinctive, controlled singing voice equal entertainment for all.
For the record, I do NOT want him to win American Idol. No way. Right now Carrie and Bo are battling for that highly valued and important place in my heart. I would just like to see more of him in the future.
So there you have it. There's no accounting for taste, y'all.
- mrtl commented:
Constantine is an amusing genius. His selection of "I Think I Love You" was an obvious attempt to show that he is not selling out - no no not him, the former rocker with the Avril-Lavigne-type "Don't think you're gonna make me sing nothin' I don't wanna sing" attitude - so, because he must pick something, he picks the *cheesiest* hit in history to sing and sings it with his own sexy gusto. He had me drooling... in a good way... not in a Bueller or "Mrs. Madden, Jeremy fell asleep and he drooled all over his desk and the English book and it's about to drip on the FLOOR - dooooo something!" way.
I still favor Carrie. She's my Heart sistah.
- » 3/25/2005 11:07 AM
- mrtl commented:
Oh yeah, and I saw Madonna in concert. She opened for Genesis. Funny huh? Funnier that I got totally drunk (I think I was 16) and was putting out cigarettes with my bare feet. (And no, I don't smoke any more.)
- » 3/25/2005 11:08 AM
- Mamaramma commented:
OK, I hope I didn't offend you with what may have been construed as Constantine-bashing. I just wanted to understand the love that so many people obviously have for him. I agree that those other performers you listed are also affected in their own ways, but most of them have a little extra something that I can't put my finger on. ANYHOO - I also got close enough to be sweat on by Bono that summer, but alas, I stayed dry. He must have been using a better deodorant at his St. Louis show.
Love your site!
- » 3/25/2005 12:10 PM
- Cat commented:
Of COURSE you didn't offend me, silly mamaramma! I'm just a bit of a drama queen. No, really. Ask anyone. ;)
- » 3/25/2005 4:10 PM