BEST WAY TO ENJOY AMERICAN IDOL WITHOUT ACTUALLY WATCHING IT

Pop Life

St. Pete Times’ pop music critic Sean Daly and his fellow Pop Life bloggers managed to have their American Idol and eat it, too. Live-blogging each episode, this crew of AI obsessives generated a weekly snark-fest that was lots more fun than the show itself. Marissa from Kankakee, deeply in lust with “Roo” (her nickname for Aussie singer Michael Johns); Jeff reporting from Cuba (!); Sparky, Spearsy and the whole gang making up rude nicknames for David Archuleta (Muppet, Archie, Chachi, Tickle Me Davy) — all were hilarious as well as dangerously addictive, kind of like the show that inspired them. blogs.tampabay.com/popmusic