You can visit David Cook’s YouTube channel by clicking here.
I love this woman, but sadly I picked Bo Bice at the start of the competition to win Idol in the year she won. I did think that she had one of the most amazing tryout performances on Idol, but that year I was rooting for a rocker.
News: With Queen Elizabeth’s backing, the Royal Channel has launched on YouTube. Her Christmas day greeting will be disseminated also on video. Check back on the channel.
To watch the 1st televised Christmas message from the Queen from 1957, click here.
To watch the 2007 message from Queen Elizabeth, click here.
It’s official: Oprah today has launched her own YouTube channel.
Chad Hurley and Steve Chen welcomed Oprah to YouTube in the video below:
But it appears that Tyson, the skateboarding dog, stole the show on Oprah and YouTube:
Analysis: I have so much to say about the importance of Oprah to YouTube that I don’t know even where to begin. After I watch Tuesday’s Oprah show, I will be back with some further thoughts. This may well be the biggest coup for YouTube, even bigger than’s Google’s acquisition last year.
News: UC Berkeley has started posting videotaped classes on YouTube. Here’s one with Google founder Sergey Brin guest lecturing. (It’s 40 minutes long.)
Analysis: Very interesting. I wonder if I should start YouTubing my classes.
This is Simon Cowell’s American Idol-like show in the UK. Unlike American Idol (whose rights are owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns MySpace, a competitor to YouTube), the X Factor has its own channel on YouTube. The outrageous video above seemed to me pretty staged. The singer in the video below is pretty good. Th X Factor UK just joined YouTube this month. I’m sure it will get a lot of views.
Star of “High School Musical” 1 + 2. This video has close to 5 million views.
“Hey there Delilah.” I love this song.
Prime Minister John Howard’s video is here.
News: So all it took was about a day and a half for the EU’s controversial video mashup of different sex scenes from European films to go viral. Apparently, sex plays well. If my memory serves me correct, the video went from a little over 20,000 views on Tuesday to over 2.4 million views! That’s the fastest growing video on YouTube in a 24 hour time span, from what I know.
I still find it hard to believe that the European Commission is responsible for this titillating mashup. As I said before, the video itself is probably PG-13 by U.S. standards. You can judge for yourself here on YouTube.
Off topic, but check out this restaurant review:
News: Just a day after I reported about the EU’s channel on YouTube, there’s news about one of its videos promoting European films. The video strings together several scenes of people having sex from different European films. There’s no nudity and the clips go by very fast, but it’s still probably PG-13 material in the U.S. No one would ever accuse Europeans of being prudes about sex, but it’s hard to believe the European Commission is responsible for the ad!
If you want to see the ad, it’s on YouTube here. [Probably PG-13 material, viewer discretion advised]
TV Goodnight Kiwi
According to TVNZ, “Before 24 hour TV Goodnight Kiwi signalled the end of nightly broadcasts. The last airing of this animation was in 1994. Today the characters are regarded as icons of New Zealand culture.” Rest of videos here.
Zombie. You gotta love the 90s!
Don’t Stand So Close to Me. You gotta love the 80s!
Make a Memory.
News: YouTube’s influence continues to grow, now in Russia. “For us, the agreement with YouTube is the chance to widen audience of our channel by hundreds of thousand users of Internet, for whom, watching TV on the computer monitor is more habitual and comfortable,” said Russia Today Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan. (more)
“Teenagers” video by My Chemical Romance. This band is a true force on YouTube, one of the most popular, if not THE most popular. They get millions and millions of views.
Whether you believe in a God or not, this shows the influence of YouTube on religion. Two Texas churches are posting videos on YouTube (see article). I recall earlier in the year the Catholic Cardinal Rigali posting videos about Lent. And some of the most controversial videos on YouTube have been ones critical of Islam (some of these are flagged by users, others are even taken down by YouTube).
I’m sure there are bunch other religious videos making the rounds. Please comments if you know of others.
Campaigning for his wife Hilary. But I’ll count this is as the highest (former) U.S. official to send a post via YouTube.