Thursday, February 12, 2009

American Idol Rantings

I hope I didn't lose any of you with the title. Hi, my name is Danielle and I'm a self-confessed reality tv junkie. There I said it, does that make you happy? I don't think I'm any less of a person because of my obsession, perhaps it's even made me a better person. Yeah, that's stretching it but at least my life seems better than most, I've learned some cooking techniques, and thanks to Miss Jay, I have learned how to walk the cat walk - that's important isn't it?! I've even been know to dust off my sewing machine after watching a few episodes of Project Runway.

Even I have my limitations though. I won't subject myself to the "so-called" reality shows that are so far removed from reality that they should not even be classified in the same group - you know, the likes of Rock of Love, My Super Sweet 16 (although sadly this probably is reality), I Love Money, etc. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I also don't care for the reality shows that use brainpower, Survivor (over it), Amazing Race, etc. So that leaves the creme de la creme, my guilty little pleasures - The Bachelor, American Idol, Top Chef, America's Next Top Model, and Project Runway to name a few.
I'm loving the Bachelor, Jason, this year. For once, they've chosen someone that is genuinely nice and is actually on the show to find love. What a concept! A friend of mine and I were talking and she couldn't figure out what it was that was different about this bachelor. She finally figured it out, it's hard to not like him because he's just so nice. I guess with other bachelor/bachelorettes we've had a love-hate relationship with them but this one almost seems too good to be true. I was rooting for him to be chosen by Deanna but I guess things happen for a reason because now he has 3 great girls to choose from. I've heard that he did find true love and he's in love with whomever he chose.
On to the real reason for my post, American Idol. AI is not what it once was. Gone are the days where I would stay up late phoning in my vote for the likes of Kelly Clarkson or Tamyra Gray. I haven't phoned in a vote for many seasons now and it doesn't look like I will be this season either. Perhaps it's the lackluster talent but moreover (Gene that one's for you), I just think the show has run it's course, or "jumped the shark" as some people say. In the beginning I believe the voting was honest and accurate and the results were actually based on the home audience. Now, I think the ratings and marketability of the contestants have swayed the shows producers to tabulate the votes one way or the other. Last night's show fell right in line with my theory.

How can you tell me that Tatiana

or Spiky-Haired-Piercing-Guy

weren't picked on their quirkiness? I'm not hating on their talents, okay I am, they can sing better than me (although my son prefers when I talk in song). But there were plenty of contestants who far surpassed these two in the talent department.

Take for instance my personal favorite, Pharrell look-alike, Jamar,

who was hands down better than either of the other 2, yet he didn't make it because he didn't have the personality? I could have sworn this was a singing contest! This is just another sign this show has lost its credibility and thus, a lot of its viewers.

I won't bore you with judges but I have to at least comment on Paula and Randy's wardrobe choices night before last. I've searched for pictures to no avail. Suffice to say Paula's necklace was atrocious! It looked like pieces of scrap metal attached to a necklace. Seriously, no need for a bullet-proof vest with that thing on. It was huge, gaudy, and unattractive. And to go with her wardrobe mistake, Randy's t-shirt was equally as offensive. It was a black t-shirt with screen printed necklaces (large ones) around the top. And not just 1 necklace, multiple ones. I've never been a huge fan of Randy's wardrobe but this t-shirt topped the cake. Perhaps the show should focus on the judges, both their skills and wardrobe choices, instead of trying to select contestants based on their marketability!

There, I feel better having gotten that off my chest. Never fear, I'll still be watching but it also won't be the end of my world if I miss an episode.

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you. I grew frustrated with the show a season or two back when they decided to "combine" two weeks of votes so the producer favorite didn't get ousted by her lackluster performance the previous week. That said, we still watch it.

    I couldn't believe Jamar wasn't picked last night, that was crazy. And don't even get me started on the girl that needs serious psychological meds...