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American Idol




andrew

Reviews: 3
American Idol: The Search for a ... did you say Su...Rating: 4 likes, 0 dislikes
In the past, American Idol has launched the careers of big stars, such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Daughtry, just to name a few of many more. However, recently, past winners Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks were dropped from their label and last season's winner, seventeen year old Jordin Spark's album arrived with only lackluster sales, despite a charming collection of songs.

Is this the beginning of the end? Is American Idol done searching for superstars, and instead of looking for undiscovered talent, are looking for failed singers who failed to make it big on their own? With people like Sanjaya Malakar in the finals, is this show all about entertainment, instead of an actual singing competition?

I have been watching the show since the first season (although I missed most of the last half of the second season) and the show is becoming less...of a Cinderella story. FOX only airs the ear-wrenching train wrecks of auditions, in place of showing auditions with actual talent in them. It is not that I do not mind the amateurishness of the auditions, it is just that I wish they would balance the bad with more of the good. (Also, even though they do not air it, I wish the producers would stop turning away excellent singers, in place of "good television"). Each year, the Hollywood rounds have been cut shorter and shorter- this upcoming season having it packed into an hour broadcast.

If we are supposed to vote for our next American Idol, shouldn't we get time to know them, instead of focusing on all the bad people who are just going to be turned away? I remember in the first season, they showed the cast members each episode, talked about them, and filmed them as they all lived in a Hollywood mansion. I think that's why so many people loved Kelly, is because they met her wonderful personality. Who's Phil Stacey? Why should I vote for him? I mean, if the show is all about ratings- less about singing, you would think they would love every opportunity to get more ratings by showing off their newfound talent, and showing the world what they are about .

Some of the new additions to the show (mentors, the chair, Idol Gives Back, Golden Idol Awards) are "absolutely horrendous". No wonder Simon can no longer bear to sit there and listen.

In the end, I know it's just a reality show and they are just trying to get higher ratings, and appeal to a larger crowd, but the Simon Cowell in me can't help, but to pick apart every little thing, and just wish it would go back the shows roots, because in the end, is the show about the William Hung's and Sanjaya's....or is it about the Kelly and the Carrie's?

Review posted on Monday, January 14th 2008 at 9:41 pm

conniewrites

Reviews: 4
The Remaining Five Finalists Perform review by Con...Rating: 3 likes, 0 dislikes
American Idol Episode 33 Season 8 - The Remaining Five Finalists Perform review by Connie Norberg

This week on American Idol Season 8, the Top 5 Contestants heat things up with the Rat Pack Performances. Jamie Foxx (actor / comedian / singer) is their mentor this week. I thought Jamie Foxx was an outstanding choice for this week’s mentor with his impeccable talent and experience. I thought he really showed he cared for each and every one of the contestants’ performances.

So to kick things off, Kris Allen sings his heart out with a ballad, “The Way You Look Tonight” and gains approval from judges, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi. Simon Cowell, on the other hand, was not as enthused as the rest, by commenting that he thought Kris’ performance was “Wet” but thought Kris’ performance was “Still good.” Ryan Seacrest tries to get Simon’s definition on what he meant by “Wet” but Simon’s only reply was “Not dry!”

Allison Iraheta is up next and also decides to sing a ballad, “Someone to Watch Over Me” and the judges seemed to think she shined throughout the song, but Simon Cowell was sure to comment that he did not feel her “Confidence” while performing and felt that she “May be in trouble”. I thought Allison sounded a lot like the musician, Pink or even Christina Aguilera. She brings a sultry sound to a nice, slow ballad.

Matt Giraud also did a ballad choice tonight with, “My Funny Valentine” and the judges seemed to really like it, including Simon Cowell with his comment, “I thought you were absolutely brilliant” and Matt appears to be improving his vocals and performances as each week passes. But I get a feeling he may be one of the next to be eliminated since he is no stranger to being in the bottom 3 and already been saved from elimination once.

Danny Gokey comes in with an amazing performance of “Come Rain or Shine” and the judges all seemed to think Danny was outstanding with his vocal range. Danny has such an amazing voice that is definitely recognizable and welcoming. He is doing a great job at remaining steady in the competition so far.

Adam Lambert is simply one of my favorites because of his confident ability to create a version of a song like no one has ever heard before. His performance was, as usual, outstanding with the song, “Feeling Good” and I certainly “felt good” after hearing his arrangement and was impressed with his creative take on the song.

My prediction for tomorrow’s elimination may possibly be, Allison Iraheta. It would be unfortunate, because she is the last female contestant on the show. Only because she does seem to have a few areas of struggle, but I still think we are at the point in the contest where struggle is not accepted at this point. But if she is not eliminated, I believe she is at least in the bottom 3. And if that were to happen, it will be down to the men to shine to the top for a win!

Review posted on Wednesday, April 29th 2009 at 5:49 pm



Warning: American Idol guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Reality
Genre: Competition | Music | Talent
Status: Returning Series
Network: FOX ( USA)
Airs: Wednesdays, Thursdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Premiere: June 11, 2002
Episode Order: 37
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