Check out the kid in the "parachute pant" - the so-called "white MC Hammer" - dancing with his sister in this clip from Fox
And they got a huge write up in the Bergen Record:
This adorable duo are my two kids. For his 21st birthday on Thursday, AJ decided on a whim to try out for Americal Idol. The blockbuster show added a last minute audition city at the Meadowlands, just a short ride from our home. They were shooting for the humor angle. AJ facebooked:
- Heading out for my American Idol audition with Lauren. Remember, infamy wields a much greater spotlight than fame. [take American heart-throb William Hung for example..]
And they got the golden ticket! Not to Hollywood yet, but to come back 2 days later for Rounds 2 and 3.
And my mommy radar went into overdrive.
Sure it was great fun. But what about the bigger picture:
- What about their plans? College and beyond.
- What about their character? The pull of celebrity? The innate insatiable desire to be popular? .
"Popular" from the Broadway show "Wicked'
On Friday, Rick Warren tweeted the following:
"Believe me: popularity is an insidious force that will destroy your character unless you deal ruthlessly with it before God."
I immediately texted that to my kids. Thanks Pastor Rick!
Oh, what is it about celebrity that is so attractive? Is it wanting people to like us? Wanting to be popular? If so, then American Idol is the right name for that show, and for the culture that adores it. An idol is "1. an image or representation of a god used as on object of worship. 2. someone who is adored blindly and excessively." In other words, an idol is anything that replaces God in our worship. When we want to be liked by people more than we care about what God thinks of us, we are in idol worship. And we must deal with it ruthlessly.
I admit I want people to like me. I don't like it if I think they don't or if I feel left out. And there's nothing wrong with wanting to connect with others. The problem is when the desire to be liked causes us to compromise, or causes us to neglect our relationship with God in some way.
When Jesus walked the earth, some people liked Him and some didn't. And if not everyone liked Him, why would we expect everyone to like us? Jesus said just the opposite would be true.
"Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved." Mk 13:13
"Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude and insult you and reject your name, because of the Son of Man." Lk 6:22
"But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you." Lk 6:27
"Everyone will hate you because of Me." Lk 21:17
Jesus loved everyone no matter how they felt about Him. He empowers us to do the same.
So what happened with the kids on Saturday? Well, they got a second golden ticket which took them to Round 3 and another audition, this time before the Executive Producers. That didn't go as well. They were told that their song was not an allowed song (copyright issues we're guessing) so they had a just few minutes to prepare another song. And in the end, they were told to strengthen their vocals and maybe audition for So You Think You Can Dance.
Not really a surprise. Going in, AJ's ultimate hope was just to meet Steven Tyler. They got a lot farther than they expected. Must have been their winning personalities.
Then again, maybe it was just the pants.