Yes, you read that right ... I am the next American Idol.

It was awesome, spinning around on stage, confetti falling from the ceiling, reveling in the adulation of the crowd! Hmm ... It seems like I might be leaving something out.

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Oh, fine. I was playing Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore 2 on the Wii, which I received as a gift. (Thanks, Tim!)

On easy mode.

With a really bad cold.

And no discernible singing voice to begin with, though I am pretty sure that I am not tone deaf, so that probably helped.

It was a fun little trifle, "singing" as best I could into the mike (which plugs right into the Wii and seems to register when you start singing words and whether you are at least somewhat on pitch), rocking out to "Paint It Black," "Since U Been Gone," "Islands in the Stream" and more.

I felt like it got me back in the mood for a new season of Idol (which starts Tuesday). When Paula and Randy were judging, it felt just like I was watching the show. They spout the same lines that they do on TV. It was surreal, though, getting comments from Simon. I was, as I mentioned, in easy mode, and even got a perfect score a couple of times (somehow). So everything Simon said was relentlessly positive. It was odd, but I was certainly amused to be told I had everything it took to be a star after warbling my way through "Life is a Highway." Sorry, Cowell, I don't think so.

But it was fun pretending. Even though I was terrified that my neighbors would hear my pathetic melodies through the walls.

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