I must admit, the first couple of years I enjoyed watching the first few weeks of Idol just to see the delusion, and Simon’s harsh and sometimes amusing criticism (I was on the road constantly… not much of an excuse but it’s all I got lol). I quickly lost interest as the weeks and years went on, so I hadn’t watched it much up until this year. Not sure if I can put a finger on it, but this year something got me on past the initial delusional, bad auditions and made me interested in the singers and their talent.
If I had to guess… the loss of Simon Cowell has given the focus that this show needed for legitimacy (and that’s a term I use fairly liberally). Sure… it was still amusing to watch the bad and the delusional, but this year it’s gotten past that, and what we have left is people watching the show and being able to appreciate the talent that has made it through, without being sidelined, or even distracted, by the Simon Cowell commentary, and without the focus on the negativity. It’s no longer a circus or comedy show, but a search for real talent.
That’s the way I see my ‘drinking of the kool-aid’. That’s something I never thought would happen with this show.