OT: Why I quit watching American Idol, Reasons 42, 43, 44, 45
#42: Super shameless cross-product placement promotion - tonight involving Ford hybrids and some select midget humor from - where else - a Mike Myers movie. Tonight’s finale is basically two hours of commercials with some songs ocassionally mixed in.
#43: Having contestants in a solo competition try to sing harmony so the show can whip up some confected sense of musical friendship and fellow feeling in song among rivals who quite obviously despise one another. Big David always looks like he’s about two seconds away from squashing little David like a musical tick.
#44: microphone bling (tonight in the form of a sequin microphone handle cover for Donna Summer, who nearly hyperventilated trying to make it through her medley set and had to hand off her bedazzled mic to one of the AI girls to get through the middle of “Last Dance”). And speaking of Summer, what’s with all in the appearances by faded stars of yesteryear showing up to remind everyone they’re not dead yet? Summer? Seal? Brian Adams? Graham Nash? ZZ Frikkin Top? Is it a way to appeal to audiences beyond the coveted 18-34 demographic? It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I did feel like I was on the school bus again on my way to elementary school listening to the high schoolers’ boom-box mix tape selections coming from the back seats.
#45: Ryan Seacrest, every time he talks.
On the other hand: Sasha Frere-Jones is surely right when he says of AI:
Whatever objections you may have to “Idol” ’s mechanics or style, it asks singers to learn material they may not know, and sometimes even to listen to the people who wrote the songs explain them. This is something that no other content-delivery platform does right now. (A song placed in, say, “Gossip Girl” or “Iron Man” could eventually reach as many people as a song on “Idol,” but with less context.) Any enterprise that lets Dolly Parton expand on her work for an hour is adding to the common good.
Fortunately, AI can do its good without my watching regularly. Read the whole article here.Email this Post