Idol Worship - February
admit it. I watched the very first season of "American
Idol" all the way through. It was a new adventure, and I
enjoyed it. I haven't been able to make it through ever
since. I'll catch an opening round episode here, an
elimination episode there, but the interest has waned.
I understand the appeal of the novelty acts and the
whackjobs. From their standpoint, they get 15 seconds of
fame, even though they probably have no chance at
getting on the actual show. For the producers, it's a
boon because they can fill out the hour with however
many 'bad' acts they need. You know what? We get it.
Some people just can't sing. Show me more of the people
who lost by a 2-to-1 vote but didn't make the cut. More
of the people who just barely made it. Show me more
emotion from the contenders. I really don't care about
the people who didn't make it, but for one in a million,
they'll be forgotten anyway.
(Forgive me taking an aside for a moment, but this has
bothered me for the last few weeks.) Then there's Leroy.
I downloaded the clip from the Video Wall, and watched
in bewilderment as to how the producers could let this
guy on. He didn't have his eye on the prize. Frankly,
I'm not sure his eyes were focused on much of anything,
but we got to watch his do a cross between "Got Your
Money" and a 'Stomp' routine, which was as good as
neither. I didn't laugh. I didn't cry. I sighed briefly,
shook my head, and went on with my evening. That he
actually got out of jail long enough to get down to the
set scares me more than you might imagine.
If AI were to cut show us the good parts of the
auditions, I probably still wouldn't watch. I've seen it
all before. I know that the loser will only be crowned
(crowned? There has to be a better word...) in the last
few minutes of the show. There's no need for me to sit
through Ryan reading the comments of the judges three
times, while we go to cut-shots of the contenders'
hopeful families. After three times, I've figured it all
out. There's nothing new being done.
Lots of programs shake up the rules each year to keep
the contestants and the viewers wondering what new
twists the shows will bring, and how it will affect the
game. AI really can't go down that road, and I'm not
even sure that it would bring me back. That the format
is so stripped down is one of its strengths, even if I
think that they could make the elimination show a
15-minute special the next day.
If you enjoy the show, that's great. Don't let me stop
you; obviously there are millions of people who agree
with you; enough so that Fox cleans house every January
to May. But I won't be one of them.
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