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If the finale of American Idol has left you feeling empty and confused about what to do on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, or if the final word on the results still doesn’t settle the question of who really won this season, maybe it’s time to start looking for a way to move on.
Here are 10 suggestions for things you can do, now that American Idol is over:
1. Read a book. May I suggest the Bible or My Utmost for His Highest devotional by Oswald Chambers? Or if you’re at all interested in social psychology and how fads start, decisions are made, and winners are born, check out The Tipping Point, Blink or Outliers, all by Malcolm Gladwell.
3. Tune up your own vocal cords. Audition cities for season 9 have been announced! You can head to Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orlando or Denver for your own chance to compete on American Idol. And remember, if you can’t be good, at least be interesting.
4. Turn off the TV. It’s almost summer, so why not emerge from your Idol-induced coma and breathe some fresh air and soak up the sunshine?
5. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. I know that the results of season 8 stirred up a lot of debate and emotion, and for many Idol fans the elimination of their favorite contestant from the show felt like a personal affront. But maybe it’s time to gain some perspective by serving some people who have real problems.
6. Turn off the computer. You can get on as many message boards as you want and hound all the bloggers you can email in a day, but it’s not going to change the outcome of this year’s results.
8. Find something else to read on the Gospel Souncheck blog. Although American Idol has been by far the most popular topic, I cover Christian music and mainstream music with ties to Christian music. And there’s always something new for you to get mad at me about, from the Newsboys new lead singer to the debate about gay Christian music to my ongoing quest to define Christian music.
9. See the Idols on tour. Tickets for the tour, which kicks off July 5th in Portland, OR, are on sale now. You’ll get to see all Top 10 contestants, including Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver, Alexis Grace and Scott MacIntyre.
10. Seek professional help. If you’re still crying over Danny Gokey’s elimination or investigating conspiracy theories about who really blocked Adam Lambert from winning, perhaps it’s time to seek some objective feedback about how to move on. American Idol is, after all, just a television show. And you still have seven months to clear your head before season 9 kicks off in January.
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