Ok, I know American Idol has absolutely nothing to do with this blog. In fact, I won’t waste your time – if you could care less about my take on America’s reality darling – then move along.
Now into it’s sixth season, I don’t understand why people still flock to the show. And here’s the biggest reason why: The entire top 10 is guaranteed a certain level of fame and success. How can I feel bad for anyone who "loses" the competition when I know at the end of the season they will be on tour, getting paid to do what they love to do, which is a lot more than I can say for you and I.
In order to make the show more interesting I think it’s clear what they have to do – and it’s quite simple. Just add a clause to the competitor’s contracts that reads something like this:
If you are a member of the top 10 and you are voted off the show you are not allowed to: record and release a CD for one full year or appear on any form of media, thus not using the buzz of A.I. to launch your career.
Imagine how much more fun it would be to watch if people’s dreams were further put on hold. Now look, I’m not trying to be sadistic about the whole thing, and I understand that you realistically can’t take away people’s basic constitutional rights, however, the show no longer works as a "competition." Idol makes a ton of money between seasons with their little traveling circus – so I wouldn’t expect this monkey wrench to be thrown in the mix anytime soon.
You know, at the start I said that this was not career related, but I take that back. Adding the aforementioned clause into the show would really have people putting their dream on the line – and that’s something I would like to see. A year of being stuck in quicksand would certainly eliminate a certain element from the show and add a layer of excitement that currently lacks.
But what do I know. Thirty million plus can’t be wrong, right? Thanks for indulging me, I feel better.