American Idol tries to fix problem with crappy songs
by Anna Johns, posted Aug 7th 2006 7:13PM
The songs that the winners of American Idol have to sing always suck. Always. Show creator Simon Fuller isn't actually saying that, but he is adding a new level of competition to next season in hopes of improving the quality of the winner's songs. Along with the usual singing competition, there will also be a songwriting competition on the side. Anyone can write a song and submit it for a chance to have it performed by the Idol champions in the finale (and ultimately make it the winner's first single). In the past, Idol has commissioned songs from established songwriters but they never quite seem to fit with the personality of the winner. In this LA Times article, Fuller says the reason for opening up the competition is to find other talented people out there who aren't given a chance by record companies (just like the Idols).