The sixth season of “American Idol” has kicked off, and millions of viewers tuned in to watch thousands of participants who had their hopes set on being the next American star.
Countless contestants made fools of themselves in front of the judges by singing out of tune, dancing around dressed in costumes and going berserk when they weren’t chosen to go on to Hollywood.
Aren’t viewers around America tired of seeing the same old thing? Simon Cowell, in his condescending British accent, making contestants feel less than human; Paula Abdul lusting after good-looking young male performers and Randy Jackson using three-year-old slang and trying to be hip for a younger audience.
Every year “American Idol” chooses finalists who don’t have any talent and are in the running only for the sake of viewer ratings. Then there are people like Tamyra Gray, Jennifer Hudson and Mandisa who have the talent but don’t win because they don’t have enough votes or don’t fit the industry standard.
Although “American Idol” producers seem to be excited about the soaring ratings year after year and the constant media scrutiny, what happens to those contestants who sign their lives away through contracts and are at the mercy of the “Idol” empire? Do they ever really get to live out their dreams of becoming an American idol?
“American Idol” doesn’t seem to change. Every season it’s the same routine, and the lucky winner is someone least-expected. Let’s not depend on “American Idol” to showcase great talent. Instead, expect it to be an entertainment source – not an indicator of talent in America.
Monique Mitchell for the Editorial Board.