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Summary: Idol studies which include Power, Pride, and Popularity.

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AMERICAN IDOL

IDOL SERIES 1

INTRO: AMERICAN IDOL

BIBLE VERSE: Exodus 20:2-3

TRANSITION: SO WHAT IS YOUR AMERICAN IDOL?

Following are some idols, and they may not always be what you think.

1. PRIDE:

BIBLE VERSE: 1 John 2:15-17

15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

A. American Idol Quotes From Losers

I love the response people who get put on the show

Angry American Idol Reject: This woman has a horrible audition, and surprisingly doesn’t slam her that bad, they really don’t. Her response is atypical, the response is “I am great, I am great, I am great, etc.”

Youtube.com has copies of this, her name is rhonetta, and she gets very angry (this specific clip is titled “Angry American Idol Reject,” but it contains the D word in it, so it should not be used). Instead, use just some bad singers and talk about how none of them have a clue how bad they are because they think they are great.

Instead: Use “The Worst American Idol Auditions Ever (MUST SEE)”

WHAT MAKES A PERSON THINK THEY ARE THE BEST, THINK THEY ARE RIGHT?

B. Nebuchadnezzar:

Nebuchadnezzar had anything anybody could ever dream of having. He had all the control, he could sentence people to death or order them to live—it was unbelievable. But his self-proclamation to be great was also his downfall, his pride.

BIBLE VERSE: Daniel 5:18-21

5:18 As for you, O king, the most high God bestowed on your father Nebuchadnezzar a kingdom, greatness, honor, and majesty. 5:19 Due to the greatness that he bestowed on him, all peoples, nations, and language groups were trembling with fear before him. He killed whom he wished, he spared whom he wished, he exalted whom he wished, and he brought low whom he wished. 5:20 And when his mind became arrogant and his spirit filled with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and his honor was removed from him. 5:21 He was driven from human society, his mind was changed to that of an animal, he lived with the wild donkeys, he was fed grass like oxen, and his body became damp with the dew of the sky, until he came to understand that the most high God rules over human kingdoms, and he appoints over them whomever he wishes.

2. POWER:

BIBLE VERSE: Jeremiah 9:23-24

23 This is what the LORD says:

"Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom

or the strong man boast of his strength

or the rich man boast of his riches,

24 but let him who boasts boast about this:

that he understands and knows me,

that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,

justice and righteousness on earth,

for in these I delight,"

declares the LORD.

A. Celebrity Contracts

Numerous celebrities reach for power, and understanding some of them are really a lot of fun. Here are some demands made by them:

1) The 70’s Band Hall & Oates, require concerts refer to them as “Daryl Hall & John Oates,” even though for 15 years they had been Hall & Oates. Why, maybe cause the name sounds like “Hauling Oats.”

2) Dustin Diamond, a stand up comedian demands that he NOT be referred to by his more famous name, “Screech” from Saved by the Bell.

3) John Mayer Turns out that the celeb player has a penchant for perfect teeth. Along with his organic fruit and soy milk, on his 2005 tour, singer John Mayer requested four "soft head" toothbrushes, Listerine mouth wash and mint-flavored Sensodyne or Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, plus Altoids.

4) Van Halen, the band, was famous for requesting that all the brown M&M’s would be removed from their bowls, it was not so much a power deal, but a check to make sure bookers read all the contract. They figured if this was followed, the other details did to.

5) Did you think Madonna freely gave her time to Live Aid last year? No way. Aside from reporters not being allowed to lose eye contact with her and look away (no joking, they were not allowed to look down to ask the next question, they had to memorize the question), she also had 12 dozen boxes of strawberries and 8 full size mirrors required in her backstage area, or no show. Wow huh?

These people do this stuff because of power. Some of it is quite humorous, but there are some things that can never be funny.

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