'American Idol' Vs. 'Lost': The great 'Must List Live!' debate

They are titans of pop culture and now air against each other on Wednesday nights. So which show is better: American Idol or Lost? Jessica Shaw and I debate which program matters more (and even allow special guest Sir Anthony Hopkins to weigh in) on the debut episode of Must List Live! Also on the menu: Fast & Furious, Slumdog Millionaire, and Sir Anthony’s somewhat shocking Celebrity Must List pick o’ the week. Check it all out below and let us know who’s right and who’s wrong in the big Idol vs. Lost debate.

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  • Kel

    Please dance for us every week Dalton!

  • Andy G.

    All right, I know you’ve got lots of outtake footage of Dalton dancing, and I kind of need it on the internet immediately. Seriously, put it out there. No shame = comedy gold.

  • shadi

    LOST WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER THAN AMERICAN IDOL. HANDS DOWN. LOST LOST LOST LOST

  • Simon

    That was hilarious! Dalton, you made my Monday!

  • Simon

    That was hilarious! Dalton, you made my Monday!

  • mrs

    Sorry, Sir Anthony, but there is no contest between “Lost” and “American Idol” – “Lost” totally rules! And I agree – Dalton, PLEASE dance for us every week! :)

  • Phil

    Is it reasonable to hate people who watch american idol? Regardless of what time slot it takes, american idol only accelerates the decay of pop music. What’s absurd is that these people who go on american idol, they don’t have to do any real work. They’ve not paid their dues in bars and clubs and cafes, many of them have probably never written a complex or even decent lyric, they butcher old songs by over-singing, and the people who watch it eat it up as if they’re not watching the same repetitive crap week in and week out. Lost is bold enough to change their narrative structure and features the most compelling writing, acting and producing of any show on television past and present. American Idol is a falsely glorified Star Search.

  • Shamrock

    Well too bad there are a lot more screaming teenagers out there watching AI but at least I know they won’t cancel Lost because the end of the series is in sight so it won’t affect me one bit.

  • Rebekah

    As a fan of both tremendous shows, it pains me to choose between the two.
    “American Idol” is a cultural phenomenon, and it is a truly powerful force in the TV and music industry (i.e. David Cook, David Archuleta, Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, all the Idol contestants gone country).
    On the other hand, “Lost” is perhaps the most intelligent, challenging, and rewarding program in TV history. It’s thought-provoking, emotionally intriguing, and visually stimulating. Honestly, no other show has tackled as much as “Lost” does with such finesse.
    Having said all this, both deserve to be hit shows, and I wish they weren’t on at the same time! Alas, I cannot and will not choose between the two. Thankfully, ABC posts “Lost” ondemand and online. I will get my Sawyer, Juliet, & Daniel fix on my own time.

  • M

    Nicely said Phil and I agree.
    Love Lost, I don’t miss an episode.

  • Mony

    Nicely said Phil. I am young but I just prefer to listen to the hits of the early 90’s when music was good and meaningful. AI have people butchering up songs and then their own songs are annoying. People voting on who they like instead of actual talent and the no talent ones are always there.
    Lost is a great show that gets you thinking.

  • Dduellman

    No question, Lost rules. But Adam Lambert is a close second.

  • Pete

    Well I have to weigh in on this since I do keep up with both shows. To be perfectly honest, Lost is definitely the show of choice because it’s entertaining the entire time. I can’t say the same thing for American Idol. Most of the performances are not enjoyable, Ryan’s banter and the judges comments are nothing more than useless filler. So when you take that into consideration you realize the majority of the show is a waste of time. That’s why I don’t ever watch Idol live. I watch it later so I can skip through all the worthless stuff.

  • Chris

    Clearly you should watch American Idol. It’s out of date by tomorrow, and Lost is way better to watch on DVD anyways.
    (Although, I guess it’s competing directly against the RESULTS show, which is totally skipable.)

  • Vivi

    I watch both shows…faithfully. Due to work/school activities, I tend to watch both shows on DVR, anyways. But it terms of head to head competition, it’s no freakin’ match: “Lost”.
    Go Anoop! Go Ben!

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