As a Navy guy, I have had the honor and privilege of serving in many retirements. I’ve MC’d ’em, been a flag boy, award boy, retirement officer. . . you name it.
The last retirement I served in was aboard the USS Midway. We were in Service Dress Blues (SBDs.) And the retirement was set for 10 or 11 o’clock. (1000 or 1100 for you Navy salts.) Imagine a gray flight deck and us in SDBs. Hot, yes. I was the awards boy, passing the guest of honor, an Admiral, the retiring Captain’s awards, plaques, and letters. And then the Admiral presented them.
We sweated our way through it. When I heard that American Idol was filming on the Midway, the same aircraft carrier moored downtown, I wondered if it was going to be as hot. I checked the date when it had been shot (October), so I doubt it. You contestants really lucked out.
Apparently, the Navy episode is airing Sunday, right after the 49ers whup up the Giants:
This week’s return of America’s favorite singing competition will bring a new twist: A special primetime episode will air after Sunday’s NFC Championship game (San Francisco 49ers vs. the New York Giants) on Fox-TV.
The “Idol” episode (featuring auditions from the USS Midway air craft carrier in San Diego) is expected to air from 10-11 p.m. . .
According to media reports, an estimated 9,000 hopefuls auditioned at Petco Park last July, then some were invited back to sing in front of “Idol” judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler in October on the USS Midway.