Thanks to my sister and Barb (both of whom have watched in the past, and I am assuming they are watching this year), I've been keeping up with American Idol. I am not typically a fan of reality tv, but I make a few exceptions (this, kind of, Dancing on Ice, and Strictly Come Dancing). This year, however, I am very annoyed with them. There has always been talk about it being rigged, and I could kind of see that last year in the finale (the girl who fit the profile won, rather than the guy who was original and different). But never before have I heard of things being as bad as this:
There are three people (at least!) in the top 20 who have had worked professionally as singers. One girl put out a highly hyped album that bombed. One guy was in a pop group that toured with Britney Spears. Another guy has been performing professionally in an acapella group for more than five years. Seriously.
How, I ask, is this fair? Isn't the premise of American Idol about finding the next great music star from the unknown masses? Giving a shot to people who wouldn't get one otherwise, who don't have the finances or the contacts or the other things that help so much in breaking into the business? Did the judges not know their backgrounds when they put them through, and if not, how could that not come out? Does this prove that the contest is rigged? Does it spell the end for AI, as more and more failed professionals will start turning out to jump-start their comebacks? And if one of them wins, what will that say about playing by the rules?
Cheaters never prosper... or at least I hope not. I guess time will tell... but this is who I think should win. And I'm pretty sure I'm not changing my mind--especially after this!