Today marks the four year anniversary of "American Idol in 60 Seconds." Deep breath.
To celebrate, we've re-posted the first "Idol in 60 Seconds" I ever produced. (In 2008, most of my early recaps were taken down thanks to a change in our video encoding process.) It's funny to think that only a few hundred people saw this four years ago when it premiered.
As you can see, not much has changed in the snark-a-second formula. Hell, I'm still sitting at the same cluttered desk. (Seriously, MTV? Will you ever give me an actual office?)
The rest is history, as they say. By my count, I've done 101 more "60 Second" entries since, summarizing everything from roject Runway" to "TRL," from Al Gore's "Live Earth" concerts to actual elections, from Paula Abdul's gonzo Bravo reality show to Kelly Clarkson's "My December" drama.
The recap segment has been praised by "Idol" winners, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and respected bloggers, whose work I practically worship. Wow.
And here's where I get even more sentimental.
Special thanks to MTV News' old editorial director Rob Mancini for having the initial "You should do a TV version of your 'Idol' recaps" idea. His direction — "Make'em a minute and tell me everything I need to know" — inspired everything.
Shout-out to then-executive producer Jim Fraenkel and Ryan Kroft for suggesting I host the recaps myself, even though I had no intention of being a TV personality.
Much love to MTV News bigwigs present and past, Dave Sirulnick and Ocean MacAdams, for suggesting we add a countdown clock to the proceedings.
Continued hugs to current senior Vice President Benjamin Wagner for letting me crank these out, even though the time and energy needed to produce them prevents me from being in the office during normal business hours.
I owe a lot to Wen-Ting Yang who edited the first segment with me. (Her sped-up footage, hyper-fast clip editing and freeze-frame "ding" at the end set the tone perfectly.) And I couldn't mention "Idol in 60 Seconds" without Joe DeShano, my old overnight editor who really helped shape the recaps even more.
My work wouldn't be seen without the tireless work of the entire MTV News department, from the digital producers to the PAs to the reporters who often write articles to support my videos.
In a serendipitous twist of fate, a freelancer named Brendan Kennedy taped the first recap with me. Little did I know that this day-player shooter, who I barely knew, would eventually be my professional soulmate. His creativity and support on our countless projects together ("MTV Detox," may you rest in peace) gave me the on-screen confidence to take my "Idol in 60 Seconds" recaps to insane new places (like my Gokey dance and bird flu recaps).
Most of all, I want to thank all of you who watched, re-watched, forwarded, tweeted, commented on and followed my "Idol in 60 Seconds" recaps through the years. I wouldn't be anywhere without your loyal clicks.