'Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul,' as read by Dalton Ross

In a new weekly series, EW’s Dalton Ross performs dramatic readings of passages fromthe recently published book Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul.Today’s "author": Haley Scarnato.


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  • EP “Total Trekkie” Sato

    I am a huge fan of the Glutton column, but Dalton Ross lost a lot of points with me when his Star Wars/Star Trek “throwdown” started off with “I concede all arguments about Jar jar and episodes I-III”.
    This is how he makes an argument for star wars and against star trek? Come now. After five trek series (only two were any good), 10 trek movies (only 4 were good. One of the worst of all, # 7, featured a way over the hill William Shatner as an “action” star), and a sad sacked rehashing, it seems to me like Trek makes for easy pickings. The Trekkies movies alone provide plenty of reasons why no parent should ever let their kid become a Star Trek fan…

  • bb

    OMG that was funny, plus seeing the lack of clothing that Haley would wear, ah the good old days…

  • Broadway Baby

    Only two Trek series were any good? Only four movies were any good? What the hell are you talking about? Just with your conceding Episodes l – lll the ratio of good to bad movies alone gives the point to Star Trek. But actually this is an argument better left to someone who isn’t so blinded by Worf – I admit I am too biased. In any case – Dramatic Readings debuting with a Haley Scarnato passage is genius.

  • NineDaves

    haley’s words are like modern poetry.
    should i expect this video series every monday? because if so, monday mornings just got a whole lot better.

  • brandi

    Dalton, that was comedy. Please make your readings a regular.
    Shamu was probably happy because Haley was performing in her didundiduns.

  • Francine

    This is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Easily.

  • Elizabeth

    I think the footage of Haley with the black box over her clothes would’ve been the only thing to make that a little better. Fantastical!

  • Lyn

    Dalton is hilarious. That’s enough said.

  • Kathgal

    Oh dear…

  • jen

    one less reason to hate monday mornings!

  • ann

    More, please.

  • Stephanie

    Dalton is too much. lol. I totally forgot about Scarnato’s barely there tacky shorts.

  • Ep Sato

    Broadway, we agree that Trek won the debate. The Federation makes more sense than the oddball politics of Star Wars (Naboo elects 19 year old queens but appoints Senators).
    I love Trek, but only TOS and Next Generation. Of the other three series, Enterprise had some great Klingon episodes but otherwise let me unimpressed.
    Imho, Wrath of Kahn was one of the best sci fi movies of all time. But aside from 2, 4, and 8 I’ve not been impressed by the movies.
    That’s sort of my point. Even for big fans of Trek, there are plenty of negatives to be exploited. The weakest part about Star Wars (other than the Ewoks) were the points Dalton Conceded. IMHO, that was a bad starting point for a “my series is better than yours” argument.

  • Cara

    That was just fantastic. Music to my ears. Can someone get this girl a three-book publishing deal? Complete with full-color illustrations of her various horrible outfits, of course.

  • Broadway Baby

    You know Ep Sato – you’re my kind of man ;)

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