How could this show get any lousier? How?
How? Well, I’ll tell you.
They select 15 girls to perform in the semifinal and then decide – on air mind you – to feature only 10 of the girls.
Why? It makes no sense and it is exploitive and manipulative. A ratings ploy before NBC’s The Voice Season 6 bombards the airwaves next week. Well, methinks it didn’t work but whatever!
And, to add fuel to the smouldering fire which is ready to combust at any moment, a few of the non-selected girls, such as Kenzie and Austin Wolfe, were front runners. And they deserved to be! During the early auditions and the Hollywood Rounds, they exhibited poise, class and professionalism.
So, pray tell, American Idol, why were these young ladies cut? Why? Voting parties were held across the Country for 15 girls and, just like that, 5 dreams were shattered. So, we, the voters, want an explanation. And we are serious in stating this request.
Then, the girls who were selected to perform, had to run from their seated position so they could breathlessly perform their number – live – in front of millions of viewers – and after sitting for minute after minute, hour after hour (in some cases), wondering if their name would be called next. Is it any wonder that some of them fell apart on stage?
And, listen, I love fabulous teen singers as much as the next person – case in point – David Archuleta from Season 7.
But not one girl showed any potential to coming close to what David accomplished during Season 7, although I suspect that Austin and Kenzie would have achieved this had they been allowed to perform.
Also, where were the older female singers? The Nadia Turners, the Jennifer Hudsons, the Pia Toscanos – the list is endless. Some of these teen singers are clearly not ready for prime time nor do they have enough musical experience and knowledge to draw from.
The Top 24 format was the best format. Go back to it already and put us all out of our misery!
I was so sad for the staff – in particular, composer, arranger, vocal coach, Michael Orland, and band leader, Rickey Minor, who clearly must miss his gig with The Tonight Show With Jay Leno after what transpired on Tuesday evening on American Idol. He via me back for this? He deserves better!!
On Wednesday, February 19th, the 15 guys will perform. Oh, excuse me, 10 guys. Lovely, just lovely.
I am out of words. Your turn to add your 2 cents in the comments section below.