I just read an interesting interview by The Hollywood Reporter with Season 8 American Idol Finalist, Anoop Desai.
There were many interesting tidbits of information in the interview that is worth the read.
In addition to speaking about his upcoming trio of EPs, Anoop did give his insightful opinion about the increase in singing reality shows. The following statement really intrigued me and gave me food for thought:
“But what we’re seeing is Idol maintaining 23 to 24 million people every night. The Voice is doing healthy but X Factor will be insane. I will go on record and say that, when all is said and done, X Factor for the 2011 year will probably be more successful than Idol.
But I think it also hurts the contestants of those shows. When I got off Idol, there were some 80 people who had competed before me, that was hard enough. Now you have a top 10 for three shows and that goes for another eight seasons? That’s 240 people who’ve done exactly what you’ve done.
Idol has the benefit of brand recognition and loyalty, which I think is really important, but there have been superstars that have come out of X Factor, too.”
So, in other words, by doing the math, you will not be deluded into thinking that these shows are a recipe for a quick ticket to fame. So many singers forget that the process of growth and development can be as exciting – even more so – than the attainment of fame.
At the core, there should be passion and respect for the art and an promise to never compromise your vision as an artist.
To that end, Anoop Desai is planning an ambitious roll-out plan of his new music, dubbed the “Zero” series. Three EPs will be released in succession this year, with new songs on each EP and recorded by the likes of Calvin Matthews and Sak Pase (Rihanna).
The Hollywood Reporter clarified: “This way, his (Anoop’s) music is as fresh as its gets — as in, still warm from the recording studio to your hard drive.”
Enjoy Anoop’s just released songs on ITunes