I didn’t think after blogging about the “Novelle Star” Idol show that I would do it again. Hahaha. . . round two.
I was in England when Will Young won the very first Pop Idol competition, I had been rooting for him all along. At that time I was still living in Canada and only visiting the UK a few times a year to see Colin. I followed the show (which was a whole season then) by reading “Hello” and “Ok” magazines. It was such a new and different concept for a reality show. Week after week the rating numbers climbed and jumped.
(Download a song or two of Will Young’s – you won’t be disapointed!)
I remember then thinking to myself that reality TV as we knew it was changed. This was after the inital successes of “Survivor” in North America, and not to long after a successful showing of “Big Brother” (at least successful in the UK).
A rash of similar shows to Pop Idol sprung up in the UK, including “Pop Stars” and “Fame Academy”. It seems that success and fame (although it can quickly fade, Ruben) are guaranteed on the US verison of Pop Idol “American Idol” it isn’t the case for the UK counterparts. Thankfully Will Young has been able to sustain a career, he has been a featured artist on the sound tracks to films (Bridget Jones:Edge of Reason “Your Love is King”) as well as being nominated for an award for a song he wrote for a 101 Dalmations film.
What ever happened to Gareth Gates (the runner up in the maiden show), or Darius Danesh or even Michelle McManus the winner of the second series of Pop Idol.
One of the Pop Star bands “Girls Aloud” are still enjoying successes – but what happened to the boy band from the same show “One True Voice”. Fellow show-mate Javine had some moderate successes herself after not making the band. Another personal favourite of mine from the Fame Academy show was Alex Parks, who recently released her sophmore album to rave reviews.
Now, even though impressive as it might seem I never actually watched any of the above shows (barring the first series of Pop Idol), the media in the UK is mad for any and all celebrity gossip (even if its C or D List!) So my weekly indulgence in a rag mag would be suffiecent for me to be caught up on all things reality tv based.
I think because I was in the UK when American Idol started, and Kelly Clarkson won, I don’t have the same magnetic draw to the show as everyone else. My only true connection to the show this year, is reading the weekly updates on Skywindow’s blog. If there wasn’t the watercooler discussion factor, I might not even go that far. . . .
I’m not sure I understand the draw for this show – and this is where I need someone to explain it to me. The mass histeria – like the Beatles. The voting in drones. The instant celebrity status bestowed on these “reality tv personalities”. The phenomenon that is American Idol is complex and hard to pin point the reasoning behind the sucess.
I remember reading that MORE PEOPLE vote for AMERICAN IDOL, than the AMERICAN PRESIDENT. Granted, there aren’t the same restrictions on voting for your fave idol, than on your democratic right to vote – but still isn’t that scary?
How many of the previous contestants and winners can you name? I can’t even picture in my head who won last year. There has been so many shows its all a big blurry mess.
Do you remember this face? (I don’t)
I can relate to Faith Hill, who this year showed her true feelings to loosing to Carrie Underwood (an American Idol winner) at the Grammys. Although no one can deny Carrie has talent, what ever happened to the blood sweat tears and pounding the pavement that other professional singers had to endure to get their time in the spot light. Do the Idols pay their dues?
Recently I stumbled across a blog talking about the website www.votefortheworst.com where they encourage those who can vote, to vote for the worst of the bunch. That explains how Kellie Pickler lasted so long last year I guess.
Howard Stern and Vote for the Worst both are backing floppy haired Sanjaya Malakar – who in my opinion is only slightly less anoying than running finger nails down a chalkboard. Now, I’ve never actually watched more than the 2 minute Ryan Seacrest recap at the end of the show. . . .
I was making my weekly visit to Jesus’ Blog, Jesus is upset quite upset that Sanjaya is still on idol (and I can’t blame him either)
Here is part of his post, you can read the rest of Jesus’ entry here
. . . .Sanjaya is not supposed to still be on American Idol. You guys are keeping him on that show against My will. Again, this isn’t a problem… it’s just more complicated. Every week that Sanjaya stays on American Idol past when he was originally supposed to get kicked off, your whole world is a little bit out of wack and I have to play clean-up.
Long story short, cut it out. Quit voting for him. I get it. It’s funny. We’ll see who’s laughing when the end of the world shows up a little bit earlier than planned because of the events you are all currently setting in motion. Go on, laugh it up.
And furthermore, even though I don’t watch the show, you’d be hard pressed (especially on the internet) not to have heard of Boobie Barba, Miss Antonella Barba who (true or not) got her kit off. I bet Howard Stern was backing her at the time. (That could be read several ways couldn’t it)
I will probably add and revisit this entry, but for the time being – the question simply is Why do you watch American Idol, and What do you like about it
****Update**** I’m adding some stuff about Canadian Idol
Hosts & Judges of Canadian Idol