Welcome to the Year 2014! And I hope the Holiday Season was a bright and magical for you.
I had a wonderful Christmas and it was very difficult to tuck away my Christmas decorations. However, all good things must come to an end as we prepare for an even better year ahead of us.
There are so many topics to anticipate and discuss within the MCL community. Here are some of the highlights:
American Idol XIII promises to get back to its roots and I have to say that I think we are in for a very special season in 2014. I am particularly intrigued that Rickey Minor’s band, which includes vocal coach Dorian Holley, has been invited back. As you may know, Ricky and Dorian are both regulars on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. However, since Jay Leno is retiring, they are free agents and American Idol is wise to have wooed them back to the fold.
And speaking of Jay Leno, since he is retiring, Jimmy Fallon will step up to the plate and grab the reins of the Tonight Show with his edgy, zany, tech savvy brand of humor. This should be a great ride for Jimmy and I am sure that he will attract a younger demographic.
However, I will miss Jay Leno’s witty humor and classy interviews. He is the hardest working guy in the business and I am sure we will see him pop up in another format very soon. He is leaving at the top of his game. Smart!
The Olympics are coming! In Sochi Russia! Even if you are not a sports fan, I am sure you will be drawn into the competition. It is always exciting and there is always some drama happening at some point. Ha!
David Archuleta is scheduled to return from his two-year Mormon mission. This has been a long two years for his fans; however, I know that his voice and his music will be treasured to an even higher degree upon his return. He still sounds exceptional.
Awards shows will dominate the winter and spring season, beginning with the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 12th. The Oscars are slated to air on Sunday, March 2nd and the Tonys sometime in June.
Season 6 of The Voice will begin in February and, once again, Shakira and Usher will fill Christina’s and Cee Lo’s chairs. Which means that the show should be even stronger this season!
And we will continue following one of my favorite new groups, Forte, after their very successful run on America’s Got Talent. They have been extremely busy since the show ended, which included releasing a new CD, staging a Carnegie Hall debut in November and a three-day-run at the Tropicana in Las Vegas over New Year’s. They are off to the races and an unstoppable force.
I also am a huge fan of many former American Idol contestants such as Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Bo Bice, Carrie Underwood, Constantine, David Cook, David Archuleta, DeAndre Brackensick, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Sanchez, Michael Johns, Jason Castro – just to name a few.
And Michael Buble and Billy Joel have remained constant in my heart.
Finally, I have to share that The Following and Bates Motel are my guilty pleasures. I am hooked and very excited to see these shows continue . Let the madness begin!
So, what did I miss? Fill in the blanks, MCL friends, and add your favorites and your opinions.