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05.05.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Vote for the Worst has cast its back-handed ballot for Milwaukee native Danny Gokey, despite the "American Idol" contestant's apparent co-front-runner status. The dead wife crack seems a bit below the belt, but everything else is more or less right on. It's hard to imagine Gokey selling any records: He's the worst singer, he's the worst dancer, he's the most annoying, he adds nothing creat...
04.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Love it or hate it, the most popular show on television, "American Idol," is also the oddest show on television. In one of the show's most brazenly cheesy features, every week its contestants dress up in elaborate costumes to film a Ford commercial/music video, only to be mostly edited out of the final product in favor of footage of trucks. Often they sing along to Top 40 songs, but sometimes ...
04.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
To put it delicately, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards (WAMIs) have squandered much of their cache over the past decade, as the annual awards ignored the region's young talent in favor of celebrating the music scene's old guard. That WAMI members so often were the safe bets to win cost the event much of its credibility. This year's WAMIs, though, suggest a welcome change of pace...
03.31.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Some Fox affiliates disagree with the network's odd decision to follow-up "American Idol," the country's top-rated family show, with an Osbournes variety special that, according to commercials, contains bits in which Ozzy and his family command small children to curse then trick a dude into making out with a geriatric woman. Milwaukee's station is among those refusing to air the broadcast after "I...
03.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
So Milwaukee's first formidable "American Idol" contestant is a modern yacht rocker? Great. The whole city is cheer leading the next Taylor Hicks. The 28-year-old Gokey has a polished voice, a heart-tugging backstory and an endearing modesty to him, but there are other singers on the show with better voices and 10 times the personality (and love him or hate him, the Pete Wentz-fas...
02.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
A Milwaukeean is now the "American Idol" front-runner. Deeply Christian, boyishly handsome but sexually non-threatening, with a powerful, vaguely schmaltzy voice that evokes his sad backstory (his wife died last year), Danny Gokey is one of the most interesting, broadly palatable "Idol" contestants this year, and it's been lost on no one that the show's producers have been paying him special atten...
01.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Last night's Kansas City auditions episode of "American Idol" introduced a contestant who is apparently the first Wisconsin native to make the initial cut this season, Jamar Rogers. Don't get too swept up in Badger pride, though, since it's unlikely he'll be along too much along. Despite his likable demeanor and loud fashion sense, Rogers' possesses one of those overblown musical-theater voices that audiences are indifferent to and that the show's judges love to rip on. (The Broadway voice was what did in the otherwise talented Syesha last season

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