I find it hard to believe that anybody who made it to the higher levels on the American Idol show could “not have recorded anything” or made a couple bucks here and there. Despite the dreck they sing they’re pretty talented and getting all the way to your late teens without recording anything or making any money seems impossible.
The people Kelly Clarkson was working though, is another story.
alexandria2000, you’re new here, so I’ll cut you a little slack. Copying and pasting complete articles from a copyrighted source is against the rules. It is okay to quote a short snippet from the article and then provide a link to the original source. I have edited your post to reflect this.
2 cents from someone who never even watched a single episode of the show:
Am I outraged? Hardly. What did anyone EXPECT? Did you really think this show was supposed to showcase accountants who sing in the shower? Secretaries who only sing in their church choirs? Guys who sing Italian songs while they toss pizzas?
OF COURSE NOT!
The show was designed to attract people with ambitions of singing professionally. Some of them were undoubtedly doing the proverbial “waiting tables” and “driving cabs” kind of jobs, while they tried to get their big break in the music business, but it stands to reason that almost all of them had sung for money in the past, and that nearly all of them had tried to get recording contracts before.
The performers on this show were “amateurs” in the same way that college football and basketball players are amateurs: that is, they haven’t gotten paid (not much, anyway) for their efforts to date, but they HOPE to make a lot of money down the road.
Kelly was a complete unknown, just like all the other contestants, when she first appeared on the show. That she’d sung semi-professionally before is neither surprising nor immoral.
Look, “American Idol” is, essentially, a latter day “Star Search.” When you saw two unknown comedians competing on “Star Search,” would you have been horrified to learn they’d both been playing at small comedy clubs for years? Again, OF COURSE NOT! Nobody expected the comedians (or singers) on “Star Search” to be rank amateurs off the street. It was taken for granted that they’d been toiling at their craft for some time, and were just looking for a chance to show off for a national audience.
I thought their point is not that she had sung before for money but that she already had a recording contract and a chance to be discovered. I never watched the show but from what I can tell from the atrticles and commercials is that AI was going to find an unknown talent and give them their first big break with a recording contract.
If she already had a contract then she already had her chance. She blocked someone else from the chance to get their big break.
Bottom line is that I really don’t care. I don’t watch the show or plan on buying any of her music.
Well, it was kind of against the rules of the show – that’s why people cared.
But as it turned out (I know everybody will be shocked), the Star was not quite right. In fact, it’s been pretty well cleared up by now and will blow over soon. Turns out the “recording contract” was not a recording contract, but just a demo thing – an audition, if you will, as an attempt to get a contract. Thus, no rules were broken.
(For more info, you can see the three articles I wrote about it as the story progressed on Foxes On Idol.)