Karina Longworth in her Karina’s Capsule column at NewTeeVee seems to really understand World of Wonder, the impact of WOW TV’s The Daily Freak Show, and James St James’ contribution to it, his recent stint interviewing American Idol fans outside the Nokia Theater, specifically. “As far as I’m concerned,” she says, “St. James is the perfect man for such a job. The former club kid is now in his 40s, and his on-camera persona — droll and cynical, yet explosively (if not always sincerely) enthusiastic at unexpected moments — is like a cross between Pee-wee Herman and Andy Warhol. On steroids.” That alone is a quote worthy of blurbing on the back of James’ next book. But she goes on with more appreciation of his gift.
St. James cobbles an interview style out of a combination of genuine-seeming curiosity, over-it derision, and, most surprising, tough-love moralism. When any woman in the line over the age of 13 says she’s rooting for David Archuletta, St. James scolds her for being a child molester.