The Five: Reasons you shouldn't watch American Idol tonight
I watched the first few seasons of American Idol and enjoyed it, but after too many singers got through that shouldn't have, and singers got cut that shouldn't have gotten cut, not to mention screwed up phone lines and fans flooding the phone lines to pick someone they "like" and not necessarily the best singer, I had to give it up. Here are 5 reasons why maybe you should too.
1. Its time has come. Seriously, what season is this? Is there really anything new to the process, to the auditions? Is it that surprising who makes it through and who doesn't? Sure the show continues to get mega-ratings and coverage, but I think there comes a point where you have to say, "it's not worth watching anymore."
2. It's become a carictature of itself. Really, talk about predictable. Randy will say "dawg" to someone, Paula will act goofy, and Simon will say something nasty.
3. Frank Sinatra wouldn't have won American Idol. Randy, Paula, and Simon would have thought he wasn't a good enough singer to continue to later rounds.
4. The people behind American Idol aren't fans of music. They're fans of marketing and the pop charts and creating a persona, but they're not fans of originality or fans of anything different. The most "different" winner they've had is...Taylor Hicks? And even if they are fans of music, it doesn't show in the final product.
5. Even if you don't watch American Idol, you'll still hear the songs. The three or four top contestants (and sometimes beyond) are guaranteed record deals, so their songs will be on the charts, their videos will be on TV, their songs will be on the radio, their faces will be all over magazines and TV shows for months and months to come. My sister always says to me that "Carrie Underwood is doing really well." Of course she's doing really well. How could she not?
And you know what's funny about American Idol? They try to tell you that it's a tough competition and it's a harder route than what singers usually have to go through. That's not true. If you can sing, even a little bit, you're probably going to make it on television, maybe even make it fairly deep into the competition. People will know you, know your name. Even if you don't make it past a couple of episodes, you still have an "in." That's a lot easier than struggling for several years at weddings or small clubs.