Picture Credit: American Idol
Before I begin, let me just say how upset I am at the multitude of people cheering the demise of American Idol. Really? REALLY?
This show was and continues to be (for one more year) a ground – breaking show, discovering and nurturing talent better than anything currently happening on the music scene. The singers, especially those who were fortunate enough to make it to the Top 10, are floating around on everyone’s radar. Yes, some stronger than others, but still out there and enjoying phenomenal careers because of this show.
Let’s run through some names, shall we? – Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, David Cook, Phillip Phiilps, Katharine McPhee, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, David Archuleta, Kelly Pickler, Taylor Hicks, Constantine, Jordin Sparks, Melinda Doolittle, Scotty McCreery,
Should I go on? Did I make my point?
This show has produced a legacy of stars that must be and should be the envy of competing record labels.
Everyone went on the show knowing full well that there was no guarantee of a win – after all, only one person could achieve this.
However, all the singers – well the smart ones – knew that this show was a conduit for future success, a strong platform to elevate their career to the next level. And, for this reason, managers come a-knocking in droves.
So, go ahead. Kick this show when it’s down. What do they care? Look at their track record? Can any other show claim bragging rights at this level?
So, tonight, I am going to sit back and cheer our second last Top 2 singers – Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani. And, I will embrace the charisma and excitement of this great North American tradition. I will cheer when the confetti falls on the winner and, as the winner sings his Coronation Song, I will contemplate the numerous American Idol parties I enjoyed in the company of family and friends.
Because, in the end, with this show, it always was about the journey. And what a great journey it has been! It’s been a blast. One can only anticipate what is in store for the viewers next year. I have visions of Idols dancing in my head. Ha!
Best of luck to two extremely talented singers – Clark and Nick. I love both of you so for me it is a win/win. However, I have no doubt that both of you are on the cusp of exciting carriers.
The Finale Results show airs on Wednesday, May 13th at 8:00 PM on Fox.