Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Jump One, Jump Twosday #18: What About Gene Kelly?

It’s Tuesday. It’s crazy. I’m just borderline lazy. Same rules as always. There are two choices, you have to jump one. You cannot jump both. (And really, sometimes, who would want to?) You cannot choose “none of the above.” (Well, you can, because you can just not comment. But I will track you down. Nah, I won’t.)

I have a darling nine-year-old daughter with aspirations of pop diva-dom. I do not discourage her, although I wish she aspired to be something…more. But she’s only nine. To add fuel to her fire, I’m taking her and her BFF to see this week’s Jump One,
Kelly Clarkson, on Saturday. OMG, GMWAS*! Talk about exorcizing the Springsteen concert from my memory. My apologies for digressing. Clarkson was the first winner of American Idol. (Neither my daughter nor I have ever seen American Idol, although we’re not oblivious to the fanfare surrounding it.) Clarkson is young – she’s 25 now – but she appears to be a fairly wholesome sort, not running amok as some of the famous women her age seem to be doing of late. You can read and hear all about her, with her own machine’s spin, on her website here.

Our second contestant is a Kelly we’ve seen less of in recent years, the formerly young
Kelly Ripa. And when I mean we’ve seen less of, I mean she used to be on a couple of ABC shows – a soap opera and a sitcom. While the “All My Children” soap continues, sans Ripa, her “Hope & Faith” sitcom has been laid to rest. Ripa managed to juggle her co-hosting duties with the esteemed Regis “Who Wants to Play the Millionaire Game Show A Gazillion Times A Week” Philbin on their talk show “Live with Regis and Kelly.” She’s also managed to stay married – to the same man – and produce three children.

So, who’s it going to be? Jump One?
Jump One: Kelly Clarkson
Or Jump Two?
Jump Two: Kelly Ripa
Dude, this is feeling so very vapid, writing about these people. But incorporating Clarkson into a post now gives me leeway to never mention her again. But, yeah, she’d be the one I’d jump. Sure, she probably has handlers making sure her image stays wholesome, but I’ll still fall for that portrayal. Ripa seems more vapid than this post. There is something about her that sets my nerves aflame. And not in a good way.

You going to play?

[Clarkson photo courtesy Boston.com; Ripa photo courtesy Eonline.com.]

*Gag me with a spoon!

20 comments:

WorksForMom said...

Oh this one is oh so tough. Can I fence sit? I guess I'd go with Clarkson for the tune factor (and mostly because of the famous line in the movie 30 year old virgin).

"KELLY CLARKSONNNNNNNNNNN"

Rebecca said...

I'm going with Clarkson. I've read interviews with her about why she refuses to diet down to Hollywood sizes and wants to be seen as a realistic role model for girls. Good PR rep-manufactured stuff? Perhaps. But she still gets kudos in my book for picking the handler who would steer her this way.

Gina said...

Clarkson. She's got pipes, and like Rebecca, applaud the fact that she doesn't starve herself into a twig a la the other Kelly.

mitzh said...

Clarkson, just because she never has body image issues and I love her voice!

Bren said...

I'm going with Clarkson...(1)I'm a hopeless American Idol fan,(2)She's a Texas girl, and (3)Kelly Ripa drives.me.crazy!!!

D... said...

Kelly Clarkson here. I'm a HUGE fan of hers. Kelly Ripa? Not so much.

Bubba's Sis said...

Clarkson here, too. Can't. Stand. Ripa. Love. Clarkson.

Linda said...

What Bubba's Sis said - can't stand Ripa! Do like Clarkson quite a bit!

cjh said...

I'm going with Clarkson, too. worksformom made me laugh out loud remembering that line. I like her because she's not super skinny (unlike Ripa) and because she seems a little bitter about men. Oh, and she's from Texas. Ripa freaks me out for some reason.

chichimama said...

Ripa. I'll be the sole dissenter here. She cracks me up, and Kelly just annoys me.

chichimama said...

Clarkson annoys me I mean...

Alpha DogMa said...

First things, never apologize for vapidity. It is what keeps life amusing.

I'm going with Ripa, because she is funny. She's a bit bony, but I would rather not go any place previously tainted by Justin Guarini.

winslow1204 said...

I like Kelly Ripa:)

Jenn in Holland said...

Just NOT Kelly Ripa. So I suppose that's a vote for Ms. Clarkson.
I think that would work, as long as she'd sing for me first. I mean, I am easy, but not THAT easy...

Blog Author Ann Clemmons said...

I haven't heard "Gag Me With A Spoon" in "forever!" "Whatever" I'll have to go with Clarkson. I feel as you do about Ms Ripa. She sort of makes me want "to ripa" my hair out!
(Laugh) Not really. I just thought that would sound good. She really doesn't illicit that much passion.
I like Clarkson though, if I had a daughter I would be most grateful for her existence. I'm sorry, I've come by so late, I've been running behind all week. It seems like it was a fun Jump One, Jump Two day!

Have a nice week~
Ann

The Egel Nest said...

Kelly Clarkson is a fantastic talent...she has several amazing songs...I think Behind these Hazel eyes is one of my favs...but she wrote the haunting, "Because of You" when she was 15...Talent...pure talent...if you ever get the chance, check out her duet with Reba on that tune!

Bradley
The Egel Nest

allrileyedup said...

I really didn't like Kelly Ripa too much until she made fun of Angelina Jolie on SNL sometime ago. Then again, I feel sort of like I'm taking jailbait by choosing Kelly Clarkson. So be it.

g said...

I heard somewhere that sometime after winning American Idol, Kelly won't shake hands or smile at her fans, feeling like the big diva she is. I guess she was just tired. Then again, google "Kelly Clarkson diva" and there you go. Of course not all of these are true, and the same would go for K. Ripa.

As for K. Ripa, I think she drinks too much coffee in the morning. I didn't like her on "Hope and Faith." She seems to overdo stuff, for want of a better word.

But I'll jump Ripa.

jenica said...

just so you know... i wanted to be a back up singer when i was 5. and look at me now!

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