How much Idol is too much Idol?
The producers claim that they are making the switch to one-hour results shows a month earlier than expected because there hasn't even been enough time for the booted singers to perform their farewell songs on air during the crammed 30-minute editions.
So wait, instead of cutting 2 minutes of commercials or other meaningless banter so that the rejected contestant can sing, Idol is adding 30 minutes of bloat? I imagine this means we'll get the reject song (actually under 2 minutes), along with 22 minutes of commercials, and 6 odd minutes of space-filling Ryan/Simon gay banter, along with a little bit of Paula-babbling.
Okay, how much of Idol is just too much Idol?
I used to like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire too, until they aired it 20 times a week. This is where I think the insatiable greed of certain network producers begins to jeopardize the product they've created. They have to realize that there is a line -- a point at which their show becomes too over-exposed, and the viewing public becomes jaded, and tired of the hype.
And while I enjoy Idol as mindless entertainment, I certainly don't like being played. I'm beginning to think (okay, I've thought it for a long time) that the producers really only care about making a butt-load of money, and don't care AT ALL about finding the best singer in America! It has become glaringly apparent that every single decision the producers make is based on how much more advertising dollars they can squeeze into 30 minutes of faux-programming.
They can do this, because we, the TV-viewing public, suck it up and flock to whatever the Almighty Idol serves us. Or we have until now. I know from reading our comments, that a lot of people are fed up with the voting system, and disgusted that Sanjaya remains in the competition. Lots of people have also complained that this year's show is the most boring ever. And some of you even say you're through, and will "never watch Idol again!"
I'm sorry to say, however, that we can complain about it all we want, but as long as Idol remains a ratings juggernaut - NOTHING is going to change. The producers don't need to listen to their whiny, dissatisfied customers, because there are millions of people buying what they are selling. And we can't seem to get enough. So why wouldn't they give us more, as long as we seem to want it? The Idol money train will keep rolling on and on until it completely runs out of gas. Since nobody knows when that will be, the producers and network are pretty darn smart to milk this thing for as long as they can.
I know lots of you think Idol should limit the number of votes as a solution to the Sanjaya problem. But I doubt this will ever happen, at least not as long as they are charging for phone calls and text messages. There would be too much revenue lost for Idol's partners. Which is why the producers can only thank themselves for Vote for the Worst and Howard Stern's campaign to ruin Idol. The producers could create a "fairer voting system" and eliminate the "VFTW/Stern Effect" completely -- if they didn't have the need to make a penny off of every aspect of this competition.
The extended one-hour results shows will air on April 11, April 18 and May 2. The April 25th show has also been extended for the two-hour Idol Gives Back event. Even the two-hour charity event leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The cynical side of me believes Idol is only running this star-studded charity event to increase their goodwill hype and raise their advertising rates for the night. I believe the event will most likely "give back" A LITTLE to charity, and A LOT into the producers' pockets. If they aren't doing it just for the money, they should donate all (not just a percentage) of the proceeds for the night (including ALL the advertising dollars).
Of course, I live in a dream world where American Idol really is a singing competition, and the producers don't care at all about making more money than they will ever need. And it's my job to watch it all, whether 20 more hours, or 100. I can't turn it off, and say "enough!" How about you? Have you had enough?