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“American Idol” and Our Culture of Lies

posted by dross

One of the few times a year I plant myself on my couch and only leave for bathroom breaks is during the first few episodes of “American Idol.” Am I interested in this year’s crop of talented singers, hoping to get a glimpse of the next big star? No way! I’m in it strictly to watch no-talent people get a wake-up call.

Some might say I’m a horrible person for laughing as other people’s dreams are crushed, and that that this season is particularly “mean.” And, I must admit, when “Idol” started airing the worst-of-the-worst auditions, I’d squirm in embarrassment for those who were rejected. But now, I just can’t wait to see how delusional so much of America is.

I don’t think I’m a bad person for watching the try-outs and I certainly don’t think Simon and company are too harsh on the rejected. By now, everyone knows the judges are there to be critical, not to make friends. So if they can’t take the cold hard truth, they shouldn’t be trying out. What I do think is horrible is that so many people set their friends and family up for a brutal and very public humiliation by lavishing them with false hope.

I don’t think telling someone who is tone-deaf that they’ll never be able to score a legimate record deal is a bad thing. (Let’s forget about the William Hung situation for a moment, shall we?). America–and in particular “American Idol”–is spreading a culture of lies, and we, as a society need to decide one thing: Should we all live pretending like we can truly be anything we want to be, or should we be honest with each other, and ourselves, and admit that we can’t do everything we might want to do?

Throughout the initial competition, I heard such self-proclaimed accolades as, “My co-workers pushed me to audition because they think I’m great,” “My parents think I’m really talented,” “I think I sound like Christina Aguilera” (um, no you don’t), “My friends think it’s awesome the way I do that thing with my hand while I sing” coming from horrendously vocally-challenged, camera-unfriendly performers.

Exhibit A: Darwin “Mischa” Reedy. Wearing a black skirt, black tights, white sneakers, gold silk-like long-sleeved shirt, and no bra supporting her FFF-sized bosom, this sloppy student/writer called her look “sexy,” and all I could do was gag. She proceeded to sing “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls, whose album should have been released with a label on it that says, “Only the beautiful people allowed to sing along.” As Mishca awkwardly side-step dances, she whispers such seductive lines as, “Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me/ Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me” with a monotoned voice not heard of since Ben Stein’s performance in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

As she was given the boot, Mischa and her look-alike mom (her biggest supporter, of course) made a number of excuses for her poor performance, most of which I didn’t hear because I was laughing so hard. I don’t blame Mishca for her poor audition, though–I blame her mom. If she had put as much effort into honing Mischa’s other talents (they apparently co-wrote a novella together, so why not focus on her literary skills?) maybe she wouldn’t have made her the laughing stock of all of America.

Another girl, who unjustifiably called herself “Hotness,” claimed she was extremely talented (her friends said so) yet couldn’t sing a note, wouldn’t stop singing when asked to numerous times, and then cursed out the judges. Chica, your friends lied to you.

Another performer was a young guy named Kenneth–who could easily pass as Gollum for Halloween without much effort. Ken decided to accompany his song with a boy-band-inspired dance, which only made him look more ridiculous. He claims his friends think he’s great. Ken, your friends lied to you.

Now, I understand, most people want their 15 minutes of fame. And it’s even pretty cool when you get to live vicariously through your semi-famous friends: “Hey, my roommate played a corpse in last week’s episode of “Law and Order.” However, when those close to us ask for our opinions about their outfits, or their cooking, or their writing, or their singing ability, why do we so often fail to tell them our true feelings? Why are we so willing to completely destroy the self-esteem of the people we care about when it’s inevitable that one day someone not-so-candid will tell them the truth? Is it because we’re scared of being the ones to hurt their feelings? Probably, but whatever happened to being honest without being mean?

Another contestant with no singing ability, Amy Salgado, said her husband wasn’t supportive of her coming on the show, saying she was wasting her time. I don’t know whether Mr. Salgado went about telling his wife she shouldn’t try out in a nice, “I still love you even if you can’t sing” kind of way, but if he did, he should be applauded for doing what so many people failed to do.

So next time you’re out at a karaoke bar and your friends say your version of “Since U Been Gone” was waaaay better than Kelly Clarkson’s and that you could totally be the next “American Idol,” ask yourself these questions:

1. Is this friend always honest with me–even telling me things I don’t want to hear sometimes?
2. Does he/she like embarrassing me at any opportunity?
3. Has he/she had one too many apple martinis?



  • http://HASH(0xfc56c2c) melissa

    If people think of themselves as truly talented, then is it fair to fault them for not expecting to be pummeled by the judges? And while it’s obvious Mischa isn’t “American Idol” material, I am disheartened (and, honestly, ticked off) at your comment that “She proceeded to sing ‘Don’t Cha’ by the Pussycat Dolls, whose album should have been released with a label on it that says, ‘Only the beautiful people allowed to sing along.’”

  • http://HASH(0xfc57f04) nikki

    If all those “tone-deaf” people didn’t have the guts and self-confidence to get up in front of people and sing or “embarrass themselves” as you put it, then you wouldn’t have the television show “American Idol” to watch at all. I applaud them because I’d rather watch someone with self-confidence who may not be so good by some standards, than someone who is talented, but has to be begged to sing a note. I think everyone deserves a shot and that’s why the judges are there. Those people have probably been told by some that they can’t sing that well, but they could possibly need to hear it from the judges to believe it or either they just don’t care; they just want to be on TV. If you’ve ever tried out for “American Idol”, you know that being “bad” is a guarantee for getting put on the show and those people are asked to sing certain songs to go along with the theme and further embarrass themselves. So, most of it is staged anyway.

  • http://HASH(0xfc58bbc) Joey

    I think the “American Idol” judges are too harsh—though of course it’s probably more because cruelty sells better than kindness—but I do agree we need to tell people the truth, if tactfully. And you’re right—people should focus more on what they are good at and not be delusional. (Often schools give every child an award in a subject, even if they did horribly. This isn’t right. If Johnny is great at English but terrible at Math, he should get an English award, not a Math one.) God bless.

  • http://HASH(0xfc599b4) Robert

    I don’t consider myself the orthodox, but am I the only one that sees the whole ‘American Idol’ concept as violating the commandment “Thou shalt not put false idols before God”?Perhaps I’m not the fairest judge, since I see the whole concept of celebrity worship, especially people famous only for their entertainment careers, as somewhat a depravity of the soul. However, can I really be the only one that sees celebrity worship this way?

  • http://HASH(0xfc5a5fc) Megan

    I think the “do I tell my friend that her X is awful”? debate depends on the situation. If she invites you over for dinner, and serves a terrible meal just this once, you can smile and choke it down. But if she is trying to become a chef and made the dish as a trial run for a restaurant, then you need to be honest.

  • http://HASH(0xfc5b404) Patricia

    I always wonder about the aftermath for some of these young people. I bet some of them fall into a deep depression after realizing that they weren’t the great American Idol, but only a bad performer. I find myself squirming in embarrassment and empathy during some of those performances. Who led them on and why, oh why, did they listen? Was it worth it to get humiliated, to get laughed at by millions, only to get on TV for a few minutes! I am sure not everyone of them was thickskinned enough to bounce back from the humiliation. Some may even have to seek counseling. My question is this, why do we tolerate so many TV shows that seek to humiliate or embarrass people? I’ve said for a long time that reality TV sucks. The “tear down some people” venue is SO counterproductive. There is even a game show now called “Dog eat Dog”. Is this what American Society has become?

  • http://HASH(0xfc5b608) Richard

    It isn’t just music contests. I served on the Commission on Ministry for an Episcopalian Diocese, and we got candidates (who by this point had had preliminary screenings, including interviews with their parish priest and vestry) who were manifestly psychotic (not eccentric, eligible for in-patient treatment in hospitals), immature, or otherwise unsuitable. Yet their family & parishes encouraged them to proceed! We suspected the families/parishes expected us to deliver the bad news they would not give themselves.

  • http://HASH(0xfc5d24c) linda

    Personally, I so agree with you. These contenstants KNOW what they’re getting in to. I find it so hard to believe that none of them are NOT aware that they CAN’T sing, and know full well the likelihood of them moving on is nill. They want their 15 seconds of fame, even if its embarrassing. 2 of them even have agents now and were on The Today show yesterday! SO, do I feel badly for them,,kinda. Will I continue to watch tonight..absolutely!

  • http://HASH(0xfc5dbb4) chuck

    American Idol sort of reminds of the folks who go to a club I frequent and insist on trying to fit 400 lbs into clothes made for people who weigh less than 100 lbs. People obviously no longer possess mirrors.

  • http://HASH(0xfc5ef20) Danalee

    If American Idol only chose acts that were talented, the American public wouldn’t tune in–which says more about us than the producers of the show. Our society breeds contempt; each of us needs to feel superior to someone else in some manner, whatever the talent, to fuel our own self-esteem. This need seems to cross all religious and philosophical lines. Why? Why not? Even among Christians if you don’t belong to the ‘right’ denomination you are looked down upon, you won’t be saved, you aren’t truly Christian if you don’t solely believe that Christ’s sacrifice and not the inclusion of good works is sufficient to save you. It is so subtle in some areas; not so subtle in others. It’s a failing of society, a failing of some of our religious and spiritual authorities. Somewhere, we’ve woefully fallen off the track.

  • http://HASH(0xfc5f994) melissa

    I think it’s a little much to presume to know the motivation behind every person who goes on “American Idol.” I have known people whose love for singing is great though their talent is much less than stellar, and they may be in self-denial or maybe they just don’t care because singing makes them happy. I can easily think of several people who enjoy singing in public when they get the chance because they love singing, not because they want to be famous. I’m sure plenty people do go on the show for whatever kind of fame they can get. I just think we should withold judgment on things we can’t possibly know.

  • http://HASH(0xfc6099c) Viz

    I am highly amused at the fact that you seem to think that most of those “rejects” are for-real. That they were really there because they truly thought they had what it takes to become an “Idol”. It’s called “entertainment”. It’s called “let’s get a bunch of purposely bad singers to pretend they’re auditioning so we can get most of America to sit frozen in front of their TV’s for the next four weeks until we decide who we want to pimp as this year’s idol”. I know plenty of legitimately GOOD to GREAT singers who’ve auditioned for Idol and never even made it past the first screening and never got to meet Simon and company. But many of the so-called rejects did. Why? Because people basically enjoy laughing at the alleged misfortune of others. It’s the oldest trick in the entertainment industry. Save your dialing fingers for something that really matters. Before the final 12 hit the stage, the producers of this show have already decided who the next “Idol” is going to be. It’s television. It’s all scripted.

  • http://HASH(0xfc60bc4) liz

    I attribute this phenomenon to “the Paris Hilton” effect. The idea that you can make a fortune simply by being famous. People are willing to humiliate themselves just so they can hopefully attain those 15 minutes of fame and fortune. It’s sad really.

  • http://RealisticT.V. Kay

    Folks, I have to tell you that what you see on T.V. with American Idol is just what it is, “Made for T.V.” My son, who like thousands of others, took his talent to Birmingham, Alabama this year to audition. He was on three news broadcasts playing his guitar and singing with many people wow’d by his talent. What most of you are not seeing is that in the FIRST audition, the 10s of thousands of hopefuls are led in groups of four like cows to the slaughter to give 12 seconds of their best. The crazies are let through automatically and maybe 100 of 10 thousand are put through for real talent. Everyone else is told “you are not what we are looking for” and sent on their way. I could not believe the fantastic talent that was being over looked. Only 175 people were sent to the next round, one of which was ZORRO, yes, you heard me, ZORRO. Those had to come back in a month to audition for Nigel and then if they made it through, they came back for the 3 sought after judges and time on T.V. I feel so incredibly sorry for those no talent individuals who really think that they have talent being allowed to go through to the T.V. audition only to be ridiculed and stomped in the ground. Yes, it is only a T.V. show in a society that loves to see people hung. Lets go back to Dick van Dyke and I love Lucy where morality was at its best.

  • http://HASH(0xfc622d4) rbethell

    I’ve been a professional musician (earlier in my life) and still do a lot of music work as a side thing. Everyone dreams that the Svengali method of success – that you’re plucked from obscurity by a TV show, a mogul, or some other Hollywood messiah – is the only route to success. It is actually insecurity that leads people to this route, not confidence. They think it is easier. It is not. The odds that you’re going to win some contest that is designed to earn ratings (and only secondarily to discern marketable talent) are far slimmer than the normal route. And the normal route remains close to what it always has. Play bars, earn a following, try and press your luck and get some studio time, send a demo, make a MySpace site, etc. There’s no end-run around that that’s going to reduce the work folks. You’re just making sport of yourselves any other way…

  • http://HASH(0xfc63624) Bee

    Do I feel sorry for ANYONE on American Idol, either the talented or deluded? Not a chance! In my long, long life I have met both people who are extraordinarily talented and DON’T want to market themselves for various reasons and the insanely deluded that DO want to get that “Golden Ticket”, in any form possible. One roommate of ours, Tobey, would enter every Kereokee Contest in Chicago (because he believed he was THE BEST) and his failure to win was always blamed on the 1) Audience/ 2) The Weather/ 3) The D.J., yet Tobey was never-EVER to blame! If there are folks out there that believe with all their fiber that they are “Special”, nothing will burst their cocooning bubble. I’ve noticed multiple times that these are the same people who usually have no other marketable talent; I don’t see many six figure stockbrokers or real estate agents trying out for Idol. Why should they? They’re already proven that they can bring home the bacon in other ways than having adoring fans toss their knickers at them. There’s two fools born every second and I’ll be the first in line to laugh at them. So be it. Stay home, in front of a book if you don’t want public ridicule. And the first poster was SO correct: that lassie’s FFF size bosum needed some SERIOUS corraling. I’d love to hear what Simon said about her that was edited out.

  • http://HASH(0xfc636f0) Penny

    Hi, I live in England and we receive Pop Idol a few days after it is aired in America. At first I felt very guilty about laughing at the ‘crazies’ and people who have very little talent but I decided that they had put themselves into that situation and had to take the consequences. What I don’t understand is why don’t their family and friends tell them? I agree with other ‘posters’ that it’s a sad reflection of yours and my societies that this kind of tv is considered ‘entertainment’ I too hate reality tv, we have ‘Big Brother’here(celebrities are put in a house, not allowed to leave and are filmed 24 hours a day!)which is heading towards some tragedy in the future. There have been fights, arguments and accusations of racism during its 7 years on the air. Jermane Jackson is at present in the Big Brother House, I can’t imagine what he must think of it. Thanks for reading this, God bless, Penny – London

  • http://HASH(0xfc65110) CH

    Simply put… I did watch I belive the very first two perhaps three broadcast.. that was? years ago?Most of us know what’s up, those who chose to watch, speaks volums for who they are… I steer clear of those who watch. Perso……. Oh forget it, go watch the show. I’m outta here…..

  • Anonymous

    Ask for what you want, pay for what you get. The show is not in its infancy anymore, people know it exists and after 5 very successful seasons, anyone that tries out for the show and doesn’t know the early round evaluation system lives in a self-imposed bubble. The TV judges are paid (very well mind you) to create drama on the show. My wife and I watch like addicts, the show is a great amount of entertainment for us, and gives us cause to have playful arguments over the “talent”. She will sit there and bash on Simon’s callous remarks, yet deep down she knows that she’d not be watching the show if not for Simon using his silver tongue to make ratings. Drama sells. It is pretty sad to see how shocked people are when they are verbally destroyed by the judges, they know darned well what they are getting into. If someone is naive enough to believe they have talent, when they are clearly goofing then they deserve worse then they can show on FCC regulated television. People saw William Hung years ago do a poor rendition of “She Bangs!”, and now everyone wants to cash his check. Feeling bad for the people that willfully put themselves in a position to be harrassed and degraded on TV is wrongful bleeding heart in my opinion.>

  • http://HASH(0xfc6738c) JERRY MERLICK

    AMERICAN IDOL REMINDS ME OF THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW. THE CONTESTANTS KNOW HOW BAD THEY ARE AND GET PAID FOR BEING ON THERE. I KNOW SOMEONE THAT WAS ON THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW. IT IS ALL A GAME AND HE GOT PAID FOR IT. NEED I SAY MORE

  • http://HASH(0xfc674ac) SANDY

    I HAPPEN TO AGREE WITH THE PERSON WHO SPOKE OF THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW, I KNOW SOMEONE WHO GOT PAID AS WELL, LETS FACE IT, IT’S A TV SHOW!!, I PERSONALLY FEEL MANY GET PAID TO BE ON THE SHOW, AND HAVE SOME FUN, WHILE YOU HAVE THE OTHERS THAT ARE REALLY OUT THERE GOING UP FOR THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL, I AM SURE CONTRACTS ARE SIGNED WHEN THEY HIRE THESE CERTAIN PEOPLE, TO STAY QUIET, MAYBE THEY ARE JUST FILLERS?? WHO KNOWS, JUST MY THOUGHTS, AND OPINION…AND NOTHING MORE.

  • http://HASH(0xfc6867c) Regina O’Leary

    I’ve really enjoyed all of your many very insightful and delightfully amusing comments … I’m not usually at a loss for words, but I think it’s all been said above — it’s all as phonily staged as wrestling and hype to the hilt … we’ve seen the demise of good weekly comedies like we used to enjoy,to near-extinction, to be replaced by one copycat reality-style (ugh!) show after the next … and everything is a competition, rather than a cooperation and corraboration of an ensemble cast … I enjoy fiction, as long as it is presented as that … they insult our intelligence and we let them by going ga-ga for all this nonsense! I just shake my head in dismay anymore at what we have become as a society, it’s at times absolutely appalling, the TV shows and otherwise … and I am an old(er) hippie type of the more liberal variety as opposed to how conservative I might sound. I guess each generation is thrown a bit by the following and changing times, but I can’t help thinking, “We’re freaking Sodom & Gomorrah!” sometimes. God Bless Us!

  • http://HASH(0xfc68ce0) jgee

    Way to go! This article has definitely put some words of wisdom to future auditionees, and also to remind us that our society is full of people who are suckers for fame and popularity. No easy way for fame. American Idol producers are raking in millions of moolah for their ideas that are better off in a garbage bin.

  • http://HASH(0xfc6b0d8) Tina

    I’ve always been offended by American Idol. The hurtful things they say to some of the contestants… I mean, it’s ok to tell someone they are not talented, it is not ok to tell them on national television “you suck” or “you are the worst singer in the world”. I never watch the show. No one in my home watches it. My husband and I feel it is inappropriate to mock someone who is honestly trying to (in his/her opinion) better him/herself. My children are not allowed to watch it because it’s just wrong to belittle people.

  • http://HASH(0xfc6b9cc) Dinah

    I think the excuses, justification and affirmation of rudeness will always be controversial. In American Idol’s circumstances, I certainly can empathize with the judges tiresome task to find good talent – a diamond in the rough for sure; but, personally attacking someone who wants to believe in themselves and who was literally INVITED to try their best (isn’t that why these people show up in the first place because the network and judges INVITE people to try out?)FOR these judges is just wrong. I swear, I am so sick of seeing people justify their overblown egos, status, self-fulfilled ranking system by knocking others down simply to either build themselves up or make a buck. Yes, I am entertained by A.I., but disgusted at the judge’s immaturity and self-righteousness. I don’t care WHAT they think their job is or who they think they are!

  • http://Tellmelies? Cynthia

    I really like American Idol. I wish it would have been around when I was twenty years old, and couldn’t sing. It gives the truly talented a good chance at the mean music business. Now that I am fourty six, and can sing a little better, I probally won’t ever be able to embarrass myself in front of all America. However, It would be my finest act of courage. I like this article just as much if not better than American Idol.

  • Anonymous

    donate the tv. cancel the cable. pick up a book. bake a cake. do not take joy in a person’s pain. pain is not entertainment.>

  • http://HASH(0xfc6dac8) Anna

    I don’t watch American Idol, but I do hear about the rejects as well as the winners. I too wonder how they can be so deluded as to go on such a show. Don’t they know they don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting any further? What were they thinking? Well, I know, and it’s what’s usually the case in such instances: Absolutely nothing! Sure, some of the preformances may be amusing in one’s own circle of family and friends, but none of them are of professional caliber. Then they get ticked off for being told that! Sheesh! Do they really think that any other talent scout or agent would treat them any differently? It makes you wonder what they say to “friends” who made them think they actually had a chance when they get back homw.

  • http://HASH(0xfc6e5f4) liz

    The freaks have a better chance of getting ahead than do those with some talent, even those with a good amount of talent, who don’t fit the right look. I was visiting someone recently who stopped everything the moment American Idol came on. She and her children watched, her husband left the room and was ended up entirely too much of the show which only confirmed my views. How can anyone enjoy watching someone have their hopes and dreams crushed in such a cruel manner?

  • http://HASH(0xfc6f70c) Dora Hughes

    I honestly think most of these people KNOW they can not sing and just want to be on camera. However I do think some of them are actually mentally ill or street people almost. They are used to make sick people watch the show and laugh. Sad that our society has to laugh at someone to feel superior. Sad that the producers of the show purposely select people that they know will be ridiculed and laughed at by millions. Sad in that a lot of good singers who are sincere and talented never make it to the show because they run out of room in that they put untalented people who know they have no talent or people who honestly have a mental problem That is so sad. I will probably wait till it gets to the final twelve to watch again. I had rather see a complete American idol for real talent and not the humor. IF they want to have one just for those who have no talent- then have another show. But think how sick it would be in that it would have to expose why they are on there- for laughs at the expense of honestly hurting some people who are disadvantaged.

  • http://HASH(0xfc702c8) Ralph

    I’ve seen many people who were told they can’t sing in a respectful although matter of fact way. Their response is either to; beg for another chance, go off on a viscious tirade of insults, or run out of the room crying and saying how mean the judges were and crushed their dreams.

  • http://yahoo.com Carol

    As a parent who also had two beautiful, talented daughters go to the Minneapolis auditions I have lost all of my respect for American Idol. In the past, I thought it was an authentic show, and a wonderful opportunity for talented people to go from “unknowns” to appreciated music professionals. But after hearing how the initial auditions went from my daughters, I no longer have that opinion. My 22 year old, sang, “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack for her initial audition. Not in front of Paula, Randy, and Simon. The judge who heard her, said that he liked her look, and her singing, but chose to pass on her. His reasoning; “the real judges will eat you alive.” Even though she was disappointed, now after seeing the show I understand that he truly did her a favor! Carol

  • http://HASH(0xfc71eac) Anne

    American Idol is a singing competition, which Simon loves to remind people of. I believe that his attack on people for their appearance or possible disabilities is uncalled for and mean. It would be sufficient to tell someone that they can’t sing, there is no need to attack their appearance.

  • http://HASH(0xfc7306c) MarkyMark77

    QUOTE: “I don’t consider myself the orthodox, but am I the only one that sees the whole ‘American Idol’ concept as violating the commandment “Thou shalt not put false idols before God”? ” Obviously, there are still Christians who do not comprehend the nuances of language. No one is performing Baal worship during this show. It is use of the word “idol” in a different way. I really liked the article, but the article and subsequent comments omitted a passage of Scriture that, to me, kind of sums this whole thing up. Romans 12:3 tells us to use sober judgment when viewing ourselves.And the reason why their appearance is attacked is because that’s part of the gig. No one cares what the guys in Dave Matthews Band look like, but some top 40 bimbo has to look the part. All musicians cultivate an image, even if that image is “no image”. Appearance is relevant. Ruben Studdard is a great example of this. He’s a big guy, and he really doesn’t have a very outgoing personality. Therefore, even though he won, his career isn’t really going anywhere. So, image has a lot to do with it. It is relevant.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonyislove parker

    it’s just a show. even the winners aren’t very good. the awful singers are way more entertaining, as mean as that sounds. :]

  • http://www.modernidol.com Mike

    American Idol can be funny sometimes, but it’s still the best show. I love it. http://www.modernidol.com

  • http://HASH(0xfc7ef44) linda housinger

    This is a talent contest.I think its less tragic if they are not talented to be stopped right there than to let them go on to be devistated when a million people are laughing at them for trying to sing. Its just like a job for petes sake. If your not qualified, you don’t get it.People need to face reality and deal with it.Brush off yourself and go on.Everyone has a reason to be here.Let them go on and find that reason.I can’t sing but, I can feed 100′s by founding an outreach for the poor. They have a talent somewhere. Just not at singing. I wonder sometimes who the children really are these days.I know young people with more sense than adults.

  • http://HASH(0xfc7fe50) chuck

    Perhaps the idol worship concept has merit. Instead of voting the losers off the show, vote for them to be sacrificed to the gods.

  • http://HASH(0xfc80c3c) clyde

    Dontcha think most of these people are doing this for a gag, not to be taken seriously ???

  • Amanda

    I am a singer, a kj, and also a judge for a local singing competition where the winner receives money to audition for American Idol – and I honestly have to say that there are times when I fully understand why Simon and company say some of the things they do, not that it excuses it in any way. I mean, okay I understand the whole image thing, but if you truly watch the show beginning to end, once those contestants make it to the final twelve, they receive complete makeovers. Take Clay Aiken for example – he did a complete one-eighty from auditions to the stage. It’s insane. Listen to the talent first and then say – okay, can we do something to give this person the image that will draw the public to them? If not, then POLITELY give them the boot. As for the people who get through who honestly can’t sing, I am upset by it, because they keep some of the truly talented out for entertainment value, but at the same time, you have to give these people credit for at least trying. Not to mention, (at Randy’s peril) most of these people have only ever sang karaoke, (I don’t know of many bands who set up and just let anyone sing with them) where there is no shame whatsoever. People cheer you on if you even halfway hit a high note, they scream for you if you dance on the stage. So while you say family and friends shouldn’t encourage these people, remember they have complete strangers cheering them on as well.

  • Spunky

    Okay, this article is just ok. I agreed with most of it. But some of it just left me say’n, hey fool y did u put that there. I definantly agree with the author say’n that your friends should be honest with you but what if they just have bad taste? O and Joey, the judges on Idol aren’t hard on the peeps that audition, they are doin thier job. If no1 else is going to tell the people they suck, the judges will step up 2 the plate. I LUVVV BLAKE LEWIS
    AND
    I LUVVV COWZZZZZZZ THEY R TIGHT

  • Anonymous

    oh! well were not all born to sing.

  • Celeste

    silly show
    cruel show
    God knows there must be a better way to
    discover
    true
    singing talent

  • Anonymous

    At first I did not like the show and it took me a while to enjoy it.
    I didn’t care for the songs that sounded more like yelling but I give the guys & gals credit for trying and God bless them all.

  • Trisha

    I love American Idol. How those judges can sit through all those horrible auditions is truly remarkable! I get embarrassed for those people who, for some crazy reason, think that they can truly sing. My goodness, haven’t they ever recorded their own voice singing and played it back. Surely, no one is that tone deft. I love it when the final 24 start their singing each week. Oh yea, my favorite idol finalist has been Chris Daughtry. I thought that him being voted off as early as he was was wrong but look where he is now, GREAT. I am a little disappointed that Bo Bice has not done anything with his career to speak of lately. I’m anxious to see what this season of American Idol will bring.

  • petunia

    I have been watching idol since it began season 2-I missed season 1.I only caught the last 2-3 weeks of season 1. anyway,there are a lot of people who can’t sing. there are people I heard audition that should have been given a chance-I wish I was a judge at times. some of those people that have tried out in the last at least 3 years that I thought was good should come back-audition and be given a chance to go to hollywood-yes even some of the young ones like-Josiah, and the young guy that looks like leif garrett. they were good too,all they did was sing the wrong song. some of the ones that didn’t make it to the top 24 still should have a chance. It’s tough when you know you can sing but not be given a chance because someone didn’t think you were good enough. at least when we sing for God-he doesn’t judge our singing,he judges our heart etc. I know it is not easy when you are not even sure what your purpose is on this earth.maybe they should have more shows like idol for people over 30 and 40-for people who can sing.

  • D Conklin

    I’ve yet to have my favorite contestant win….close but no IDOL….
    I do think this years “hopefuls” were the best yet … but something is lacking — I didn’t tune in every week. Plus, for many of us — 9 – 10 p.m. is difficult when morning wake time is B 4 the sun comes ^…

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