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RE: American Idol--Anyone watching?
Mon, 05/15/06 5:48 PM
Originally posted by Mosca
Hey, don't get me wrong; I LOVE AI and I don't miss an episode.
BUT. Although these people can sing, so can about fifty million other people. You'll find people just as talented, or more so, singing in churches, singing in local dinner theater musicals, in touring companies of Broadway shows, and in bars and at music festivals all over the world. What make the show worth watching for me are exactly the things that make it "false"; the judges, the banter, the staged competition. Think about it; if the original 12 were Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Elvis, Sinatra, Streisand, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Dinah Washington, Kiri TeKanewa, Whitney Houston, Paul Robeson, and Andrea Bocelli, eleven of those would go home. Instant drama! If it was really about rewarding good singers, ANYONE who was good enough would get a contract. The fun is in the eliminations.
Like I said, don't get me wrong, I love the show. I wish all the contestants well. I think they all sing well. I think Mary down at my church sings beautifully too, but she's not on TV. Too old. But she LOVES to sing. And I love to listen to her. Just like I love to listen to the people sing on AI.
I gotta agree and disagree with you Tom. Yes, there are many great singers, but did they audition? You can't win if you don't go and stand in line for a few days and try to win. They aired some of those Musical Theater people you laud, and they weren't all that good. (you know, the community theatre types) The Broadway stars weren't in-line auditioning for this.
And, yes, some people are aged out. This is supposed to be a show about up-and-comers. I couldn't audition either.
Also, it's not just the winner who gets a record deal. It's the winner who is guaranteed a deal, but A.I. has signed more than just the winners. Contracts have been given out to several other finalists. In addition, the finalists go on a national tour together, so the non-winners continue to get exposure even after they've been booted. They also get paid to come back on the show for marketing and ads. So, the finalists aren't all thrown on the street. Not to mention, that even if they weren't given a contract by A.I., many smaller labels would pick them up simply due to their national exposure.
I recently auditioned songs for a multi-discipline production I put up in DC. (in other words, songwriters sent songs in and I had to decide which songs to choose) I got hundreds and hundreds of songs from songwriters from all over the country who wanted us to use their songs. More than 80% was crap. OF that, most of it was mediocre. Only about 15-20 of the songwriters' material was of profesional quality. And it falls right in line with the percentage of professional to mediocre to crappy songs I listen to everyday at work. So, it's not like the submissions we got were abnormally low in quality. Plus, the songs we did pick were absolutely brilliant. They each captured a special moment of lyrics and music.
I agree that on principal there may be better singers out there, but these are the finalists from the people who actually auditioned.
I'm not some big Idol fan, but if reality-tv is here to stay, American Idol is a good show. It's the Amercian Bandstand of the 21st Century. The difference is, the American Bandstand bands were already established, and these kids are trying to break in for the first time.