March 18, 2011
How Bad is American Idol?
Okay, I know it’s still kind of early in this season of American Idol and its January-May run, but come on, you have got to be asking yourself, “How bad is this season?!” Let me explain why, too, because the reasons may surprise you more than you’d think:
The singing on the show is about as good as it always is. There are one or two standout contestants, and the rest are mediocre at best. You have Casey Abrams who is leagues above everyone else, and then there’s Pia Toscano, who’s the best of the girls (but that’s about it). So that’s fine, I mean, you have to admit that bad singing is always good television (see: Rebecca Black).
What makes this season of American Idol is the judging; or, should I say the lack of judging. I know that Simon Cowell isn’t everyone’s favorite person, because his tactics can be a little bit abrasive. But, after seeing Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez go on and on about how great every single person and every single performance is, can’t you see that the show needs someone like Simon to keep the balance?
Not only is there not even any constructive criticism happening, but performances are getting weaker and weaker each week because the contestants are being falsely commended so they get a sense of greatness and accomplishment that they should absolutely not be getting. Randy Jackson seems really uncomfortable trying to take the role of the bad guy, too. It’s as if he recognizes that there is a problem but fails to do anything about it (successfully).
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am