OK— I confess I have not been drawn into the obsession with American Idol. Nearly all of my friends are fans, from the first scathing reviews of wanna-be stars who perceive themselves note-worthy (pun intended), to the last dying breath of the “second-man- standing” on the season finale.
It’s not because I don’t enjoy seeing some of the fine talent that waltzes, er, stumbles through the season. I simply don’t like some of the vicious criticism and the dashing of fragile character, even though I know if one seeks to succeed in the entertainment industry, one must have a thick skin—either going in, or coming out. God knows, as a writer, I understand that concept.
Yet, American Idol allows us to reconfirm what we already know, and sometimes in a spectacular, heart-warming, inspired-by-God way: Great things often shine through adversity.
This performance, by Jason Castro, is one of those great things.
A friend sent me this link to his “Over the Rainbow” a couple of nights ago and again, I confess, I’ll now be there for the final show.