So… Anyone watching American Idol this season? I abandoned it two years ago, but decided to give it another chance when I heard who the new judges are. I always liked Harry Connick Junior, and he was always entertaining as a ‘mentor’ on the show. And I knew Keith Urban was smart and talented, and Jennifer is smart and easy on the eyes, so I jumped back on board to see if it was any good.
At first, all was good. The judges didn’t disappoint - best judges ever. The make smart, informed comments. Harry Connick Jr. is smart and funny but makes very pointed comments about the contestants’ performances. Keith Urban is fine.
The talent looked good. Based on Hollywood, the top 30 looked really strong. So I was thinking this season was going to be fun.
Then came the first live show, and suddenly Randy ‘dawg’ Jackson is up on stage, and they’re telling us about his special ‘workshops’ to groom the contestants. They’re going to be hammered with advice on singing, movement, hair, clothing, and most improbably, ‘spiritual advice’ from two ‘non-denominational spiritual advisors’. A shark-jumping moment if ever there was one.
Anyway, the poor contestants were forced to run a gauntlet of conflicting advice from Randy’s crew, and in the end, after watching the top 15 girls perform, every single one of them was a disappointment. Not one lived up to the potential they showed earlier. Most of them sang songs way out of their comfort zone, no doubt on the specious advice of Randy and crew. It was an amazing drop in quality.
I’m just watching the guys now, but unless anyone really comes out and does something spectacular, I may be done with this show. It’s amazing how much damage they managed to do to the girls already.