If you’re an American Idol fan, you may want to step away from your computer now. Or at least stop now and point your browser elsewhere. My apologies in advance.
My sister made me watch American Idol last night. Live – no ff’ing. Just a lot of WTF’ing. Sorry, but I just don’t get it at all. I don’t have a problem with the general concept of the show – having singing contestants perform, and having the audience vote for a favorite. And yes, there’ve been some good performers who’ve come out of it, and Jordin was a pleasure to watch and listen to. But the execution of the show is something else. The one time I watched an episode before (well, part of one) was in it’s early days, and I couldn’t stand the cruelty of the comments by the ‘judges’. Sorry, but I don’t find that funny at all. Obviously it hasn’t gotten any better, given that whole ‘bush baby’ crap and the rest of the Golden Idol garbage. I’m not sure what’s more sad – that people do such pathetically ridiculous things to get on TV, or that the public finds it so funny to watch people being rude and cruel to each other.
Yes, there were some good performances. And some really bad ones. And not just from the contestants – I was totally embarassed for Bette Midler. I can only hope that something was wrong and that she hasn’t really lost her voice. If I’d had control of the remote, I’d have muted the TV. It was totally painful.
And what’s with all the old performers? Yes, I know, they’re mentors. But who is the audience for this show? What are the demographics? I kept wondering if most of the viewers even had any idea who Tony Bennett is. Maybe the target audience is a lot older than I’d think, but what a weird mixture. Not that I didn’t like seeing Smokey Robinson or Gladys Knight, of course – they’re still in fine singing form (and evidently keeping their plastic surgeons wealthy). It just seemed like it was geared for target audience in their 50’s and 60’s, which I’d think would be way older than the average age of the audience, but hey, what the fuck do I know – maybe that’s right on target.
OK, maybe the show would make a lot more sense if I knew the whole background and actually watched it on a regular basis. But it just ain’t gonna happen. Not no way, not no how.