Friday, March 09, 2007

Early Retirement

Season 6 was going to be my last year of blogging the Idol.

I had every intention of faithfully blogging every episode and every story that happened in between, until that fateful day in May....when someone gets to sing some ridiculously cheesy song about moments/flying/believing/heaven/pride with an even more ridiculous gospel choir.

But here's the thing...

I got a "big boy" job and I got burnt out on the season 6 of the Idol much sooner than I thought I would.

Yes, I've quit the Idol once before (during season 3), but then I discovered the wonderful world of Blogger and so I came back.

But now, I have to be done. Whenever I sit down to watch the Idol, it doesn't feel like fun. It feels like a chore. I've lost my Idol-Joy.

I'm exhausted. And I got that job. is with great sadness (and greater relief) that I am announcing my Idol blog retirement.

Thanks to everyone who ever read my blog or left me a comment (even the ones that weren't so nice). They always made me happy.

Vote for Melinda!

judge jru


Blogger carmencab said...

I'm sorry to hear that but I understand... I just barely started reading your blog, so I hate to see it go so soon (for me).

7:46 AM  
Blogger Kyle said...

Sad to see you go! I just started reading your blog (season 6) on a daily basis. I really enjoyed your thoughts about it and your experience with idol give some good and fun facts. I really wish you would finish out the season=( Good luck to you though, and your endevours.
Kyle-from atlanta

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Ana M. said...

Cheers, jru! Never commented here before, but good job for the years you've been at it. You've given me many laughs, even in spite of many differing opinions. Enjoy her in leisure!

Just post something when Melinda wins, huh? ;)

7:57 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

This makes me sad. I have really enjoyed your commentary and will miss you in the blogosphere. Will you still be watching at all or chatting with blender?

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awe - this makes me really sad too! you have always been my #1 idol source throughout the seasons - in fact last night when i missed eliminations, i hurried home and went straight to your site to check.

best of luck - don't hesitate to come back and finish off the season :) we'll miss you...

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is already a pretty boring two horse race. I don't blame you.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous V said...

Yep, like that last comment, I don't blame you either, I haven't watched much of it, and it just isn't good at all anymore this year, except for the two you mentioned, and maybe the beat-boxer guy who's got the originality factor. I'll miss you, though, I used to read all the time!

10:00 AM  
Anonymous mary, vancouver said...

hey how about blogging about top model instead? there's still have some juicy stuff in that show...

P.S. I've been following ur blogs since ur old site! Keep it up its great.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Kyle said...

ok, so ive decided that i think you should come back. or tell us all what your going to blog about next. u just cant leave us hanging!

**checks watch to make sure its not April 1st yet

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been great following your site. Now I have to figure out where I'm going to look to get all my Idol info! You were and are the best and funniest Idol blogger on the web. If you ever decide to come back, we won't think you cried wolf, we'll accept you with open arms!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous MA said...

I'll miss your snark. Are you going to stop blogging completely, or just about season 6? I love your info on past idols.....

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh, I'll miss you Judge Jru! I loved coming here and seeing some real and honest comments about AI, as well as many other topics. But, when the fun is gone, it is time to moe on. Good luck with the new job, and have some fun again.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know any OTHER good idol blogs? Alas...where do I go now?

1:05 PM  
Blogger carmencab said...

i wonder the same thing... where to read about idol now! :(

it won't hurt to change your mind, jru! ;)

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Annah said...

I am sad now. I always enjoy reading your witty reviews and such and now I'll be left to deal with Idol on my own. I will miss your posts!

Love, Annah

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Dellane said...

There are a lot of Idol-related blogs out there, but this is one of only four I ever bothered to bookmark and regularly visit. I will miss reading your funny (and usually right on target) observations. Still, if you've got to quit in the middle of a season, Season 6 is definitely the one to do it with! Congrats and good luck on the job.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I didn't agree with you hardly ever.....I still enjoyed reading your blog. Good Luck on your new job!

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this blog! I was so happy the day you posted my email and my pics of Eva Longoria and Ryan Seacrest at a Spurs game! Anyway, I'm so sad to see you and the blog go, but congrats on your "big boy" job!


5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to see you go. I have enjoyed your witty remarks from the very first idol. I will miss you but I completely understand. Take care.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sucks. I always liked your quick-to-the-point comments. Why don't you just use Tivo?

By the way, and have good idol stuff.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww, I've been checking your site since Season One. Sad to see you go but if it's not making you happy then stop. I've enjoyed years of your quirky reviews.

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you will not be blogging about American Idol.

We enjoyed your blogs.

Best of luck!

The SQA Crew

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Teri said...

Oh no! I check your site every day and feel things aren't quite complete until I check to see if there is any new idol news. I can certainly understand the pressure to write up each episode, but it would be great if you kept posting the news you find. Good luck with the new job and THANKS for all of the fantastic entertainment!

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No! :'(

Yay Melinda!

11:51 AM  
Blogger pistachio said...

i'm gonna miss this blog, judge. it's been a must-visit for me since last year. your snark really makes my day like no idol blog ever can. but i know what ya mean, this season of AI doesn't grab me like it did before. but do keep posting -- not just about AI, but about anything that catches your eye -- and i'll keep reading. you're one of my faves!

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sad :( I loooooooove reading your blog!!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Shell said...

Some crazy chicks sing like hell! Great

1:51 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Congrats on the job, but I'm sad to see you go! I've definitely enjoyed your Idol blogging - no one else can compare. :)

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your job, but you and your wonderful sarcasm will definitely be missed. Thanks for making the past seasons of Idol so entertaining!

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woohoo on the new job. But a big NOOOOOO!!!! oh you leaving me! I love your website!!! I am gonna miss it!!!

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

Aw, I'm so sad to see you go! I have really enjoyed reading your blog last season and this season (so far). I understand, though - this season has been pretty disappointing! Good luck with the new job!

Love, Caroline :)

8:35 AM  
Blogger dale said...

Bummer on your departure. Have been laughing and loving it since season two. Well, best wishes and congrats on landing the job!

5:12 PM  
Blogger mr.oizzo said...

Great oportunity. Regards

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Blogger MrChevyCeleb said...

damn. I just found your blog and love it. It's a shame...

7:30 PM  
Blogger El Cuidador del Zoo said...

i cant believe this shit. im from argentina, i have a humor blog. But american idol is the best of fun. in usa think this a serious program or a fun program?

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Blogger Fergie said...

Congrats on the new job! I've read your AI commentary for years. That tears it! The show has officially jumped the shark. Best

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Blogger Q said...

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Anonymous Sarah said...

too bad that you aren't around for season 7! really enjoy your posts.

sarah -

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