Wednesday, January 9

Here we go again...

The hype has been building for weeks. In just days, American Idol season VII kicks off with back-to-back audition episodes. The Paula weirdness is back. The Simon surliness is back. Yo, yo, yo, dawg, check it out; Randy's back. Are you excited yet?

Me neither.

I'm a music lover and as such (or despite the fact, depending on how you want to look at it), I've been an off-and-on American Idol fan for its entire run. I watched the first season and voted for Kelly Clarkson. In season two, I rooted for both Clay and Reuben, wishing they could have tied for the top honor. Seasons three and four were lost in our move to Japan, but I was able to watch season five via the internet with my slingbox. Now that was a fun season to watch. (Go Daughtry!) But season six? Not so much.

Seriously. With the exception of Sanjaya's hair, what was there to talk about? Blake Lewis's beat-boxing was entertaining, but that's about it. Maybe that's why Paula kept publicly spacing out. At least it got people talking about the show. But it didn't help the numbers much.

In fact, a lot of people are wondering if the American Idol machine may have run its course. Interest has waned. Former fans have become jaded. Idol folks themselves seem to have been cutting their losses, inviting Katherine McFee to join Taylor Hicks and Reuben Studdard as former members of the Sony BMG family.

Me? I'm willing to give AI one more shot. With the amount of seasoned pros who are said to have made it to the top 50 this year, the talent pool may be worth watching. I do hope that Simon has learned from the backlash after his snide comment about Mandisa's weight in season five and the despicable "bush baby" comment last year and won't be so mean-spirited while humiliating those auditioning this year. And that the cameras won't linger quite so long on those poor souls who have been cut. I mean, really. What was the purpose of that?

What do you think? Will American Idol improve this year or dig its grave?



TJBrown said...

I pretty much agree about last season. It's a family thing here, so we will no doubt watch it. But not sure if it will be worth the time.

Alyson Noel said...

Okay, I'm going to go out on a very precarious limb here and admit to the world- (or at least the readers of this blog!)- that I have never, ever, not once, watched an episode of American Idol, and can pretty much declare that I won't start now. Whew, it feels so much better to get that off my chest.
Thank you Gerb!

Sara Hantz said...

I LOVE American Idol. We'll get it in a few months and then it's on every day Monday-Friday until we've almost caught you up. We get the final a day or two after it really happens. By which time I've usually checked out the result online because I can't wait....

Amanda Ashby said...

Hahaha - Sara and I might not agree on musicals but on AI we are a united front! As long as they put it on the tv, I'll be watching it!!!!

Gerb said...

TJ, it's a family thing at our house, too. Has been from the beginning.

Alyson, at this point, I think it's a fairly safe bet that you'll never be tempted to watch, either.

Ha, Sara! That's how it was in Japan, too. We got the episodes weeks later. It wasn't until last year that I discovered real time bloggers who posted performances moments after they happened, and then we got sling box and my worries were solved!

Amanda, I'm afraid I'm a captive audience, too. At least for another season.

Linda, still fuming over the IOC's refusal once again yesterday to entertain the idea of including women in the Olympics... but that's another post...

stephhale said...

I've never been a big fan of AI. I've watched a few episodes here and there but that's about it. I'm just so sick of reality TV! Which really stinks because that's all that is going to be on for a long while!

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