‘Idol’ audition video piques my interest

Posted Jan. 14, 2010, at 5:13 p.m.

Gen. Larry “Pants on the Ground” Platt — need I say more? I admit that I missed the second night of “American Idol” auditions, but this classic was one of the top search items on Google following the show and I had to watch.

Everyone was talking about it Thursday morning and I can see why. At 62, Larry didn’t make the age cutoff, but he sure could do a mean split. If you haven’t seen the clip on YouTube it’s a must see to brighten your day. After all, I agree with the general that pants don’t belong on the ground. Gold in the “mouf” (considered by some an accessory) and a hat turned sideways I can deal with.

Way to go, general, and I promise that if I ever see you performing in a subway, I will drop a few dollars in your collection bucket.

That said, I’m waiting to be wowed. While there were a few in the Boston lineup that were impressive, I still find this part of the “American Idol” process rather annoying and am not sure we need to see two hours of eardrum-damaging performances for the few glimmers of hope that do come across our screens for four hours each week.

I also have problems with the new Kate Gosselin reality show on TLC, which Reality TV World mentions on its Web site. The show is reported to have a format similar to “Dirty Jobs,” but cleaner.

Not to point out the obvious, but doesn’t Kate already have a pretty important job? It’s called taking care of eight children and making sure that they haven’t been scarred for life. When will it end?

Even with all of the drama surrounding the Gosselins, “The Bachelor” employee and contestant having an improper relationship, and Simon Cowell leaving “American Idol,” we do have one thing to be thankful for this week. Balloon Boy’s father will not get his wish to star in his own reality show, which apparently was Richard Heene’s goal when he contacted authorities to falsely report that his son was trapped inside a big balloon that had “escaped” from the family’s backyard and was floating away.

Yes, that’s right. He used his child, wasted the time of hundreds of people, put some emergency rescue personnel in danger, and all for the American dream of having his own reality show. I have no words for this man.

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