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Good Riddance to American Idol
Have you heard? Fox recently announced that American Idol has been cancelled as of the end of its 2016 season. You won't see me sniffling and grabbing for a hankie from this news.
Yes, AI has provided a path to notoriety (and occasional lasting success) for a lucky few who’ve won or come close, and anything that helps performers along with their careers is good, I suppose. But if you take into account all the losing contestants, and all those who go through the arduous audition process but don't make it onto the show, the success rate is infinitesimal.
But my main objection to AI, and some of the knock-offs it's spawned, is the disrespectful attitude expressed toward contestants by the judges. Starting with it's famously nasty original panelist Simon Cowell, AI made public denigration of performers acceptable. Singers, and musicians spend their lives putting it on the line for their art, so it bothers me that the show has encouraged, and indirectly profited from their humiliation. What's more, since AI has been viewed by so many millions of people over the years, I think it's fair to say that it's poisoned the dynamic between audiences and performers in general, at least to some degree.
Needless to say, I won't miss American Idol. Will you?
Have a great week.
Simon Cowell needs to also make sure and take his partner in same sort of crime and program mentality, Chef Ramsey, with him when the door hit's his ass for last time leaving. Perhaps the two of them could each could obtain surrogate children and raise them together, as they are both equally disruptive and degenerative to society as a whole. I agree that AI has NOT done any favors in contributing to modern music scene in any good way and those same "Immediacy Generation" folk can be seen on music forums now, not wanting to hear "practice makes perfect', nor do they want to even learn music theory let alone synthesizer programming. No, they want to ALL be their favorite DJ and it seems the DJ has been exalted to higher status than any hard working and underpaid talented musician these days. Simon Cowell and others making such shows do not even respect the consequences of plagiarism because one of the cloned shows STILL has that plagiarist Phurrell (or however you spell that name) as a judge and it does nothing to show the ramifications of NOT being original.
I think that American Idol from the start was bordering on "bullying" and the way they used technology in show to 'vote up/down' participants, only fueled what has become 'cyber-bullying', which AI definitely changed the dynamics of 'musicians and fans' into 'disrespectful critic fans versus musicians/performers'. This was clearly seen at a major concert venue attended recently where people were downright rude...and spending ALL their foolish time messing about with social media instead of enjoying concert. Then having audacity to heckle the opening act between their social media postings...maybe I am just getting old, but I have always detested so-called 'reality TV', so now please, GET OFF MY LAWN! LOL! Sorry such a rant. Simon Cowell has the same effect on me as 40 incessantly barking Chihuahuas do...like an ice pick to my brain!
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Im putting down some guitars tarcks now, and for the next few hours, and I will probably lose myself in the moment, I have no idea how they will come out, but thankfully, only I will be the judge of that! Thanks for the update! and the good news!
Pitch correction? Perhaps unrelated to AI, but another gripe I have. Where are the talented performers who could actually sing and hold a stable pitch? To add to that concept, where are the really great writers who could construct a song, not just a hook and a gimmick like a bunch of background singers spouting blah, blah, blah?
It's a sad day for entertainment when people don't think for themselves.
Working in this industry is hard work. After 20+ years, I've recently left the business for a more stable gig. People don't appreciate a commitment to quality anymore. That is the fundamental issue we face. We are willing to buy disposable, one shot or limited use products. Where will the hits of today be in ten years? I think they will be forgotten...
Denigration has become big business, and popular on the tube. Reminds me of the Roman Coliseum where Christians were fed to the lions, to the screaming delight of the masses.
You're right. Obviously, the outcome of being insulted on TV is a lot less extreme, but the appeal to the audience is similar.