We are days away from another round of American Idol. The last two years Vicki and I have gotten into the show. Last year with David Cook from our community of Blue Springs making it all the way to the top resulted in American Idol becoming a part of our weekly schedule. Come on, you gotta have some diversion.
Anyway, one of the participants that I enjoyed last year was Jason Castro. I just thought he was a fun and likeable guy with some talent - I don’t know, I just really liked him. Several people gave me a hard time for being a Jason cheerleader. One person told me, “he’s just a stoner who has a happy high.” “No he’s not.” I just thought he was a decent likeable guy.
Then Jason sang the song Hallelujah, which was quite a surprise. Rufus Wainwright, Damien Rice, and Jeff Buckley have all done amazing renditions of the song Hallelujah written by Leonard Cohen who also performed it in a transcendent manner. But Jason did this song major justice in front of millions of people and wowed all the judges, even Simon.
I liked Jason even more as the competition went on. It wasn’t that I was pulling for him to win. In fact, I was surprised that he got as far as he did based on pure talent. I guess the adolescent girls kept him in. I liked the fact that both him and David Cook cooperated with the cheesy choreographed musical numbers because they had to, but they did it in such a way that screamed, “I know this is cheesy and I can’t believe I’m doing it so don’t make too much fun of me.”
I also loved the growing ambivalence that Jason displayed as the finals approached. It was obvious that he really didn’t want to be a part of the show anymore. He had reached his limit, which came across as very cool to me.
Last night I watched the video below for the first time and it put a whole lot of my thoughts about Jason Castro into context. I like this guy even more now. Very cool