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I am glad that the theme of the Top 13 Performance Show is titled This Is Me, because for the first time, I have no idea who’s who among this group. Names escape me, performances are a blur – all thanks to Rush Week.
Well. Guess what? Rush Week was too rushed. I felt I was watching another version of The Voice – tons of singers, quick eliminations, everyone blending in to one another. What was the point of this?
American Idol! Listen up! Just because you have spent quality time with these singers over the last few months and wanted to fast forward to the live shows does not mean that this will translate well to the audience.
You have known these singers for months and we, the audience, have known them for a few weeks. And barely.
In the past, the Top 24 Semi Final format was the best, most inspired format ever – not just on American Idol, but on any competitive show. The Voice has all these bells and whistles and gimmicks which, to be honest, just confuses me and, ultimately, distances me during the elimination process.
The simplicity and transparency of the American Idol Top 24 format was wonderful. The viewers gradually became invested in these singers and, by the time the Top 12 was announced, the connection between fan and artist was established.
So, what was the point of Rush Week? To build the intensity, the fever, the ratings, the momentum? Well, it did not work. Major fail.
And do not get me started on the singers from the Top 30 who were not given an opportunity to sing. If you think we have forgotten, well think twice! This was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen on this show. All of a sudden they were not good enough? Some of the best were silenced last week.
Oh well, I can rant but what is the point? What is done is done.
Best of luck to the Top 13 on Wednesday evening. I hope to become more familiar with you over the next 12 weeks via the Vocal Masterclass articles.
Work hard to establish yourself as a singular artist and you will move deep in this competition.
Because this is what it should come down to correct?
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