That other flaw with American Idol

I know it’s just a reality TV show/contest, and it’s hardly worth investing much thought in, but… it irks me (that’s right, I said “irks”… well, I typed it really, but you get the idea… I USED it) that they do not give equal airtime to all the potential finalists.

I know it’s a tough thing to do, but I think there’s an inherent advantage built in when the process is going to be handed over to the public and then not all the players have been given the same opportunity to connect with the voters.

I remember a few years ago, there was a woman who did not receive ANY air time until she made it to first week of voting America voting. We never saw her sing until the first week that the votes mattered, and … surprise surprise … she failed to garner enough votes to stay.

So, yes, I find it irksome (ohhh, there’s that word again, but in a different form) that they do not give equal air time to all of the potential top 24.

I do recognize they don’t have a whole of time, but you know what? They could cut down on the cutting down of genuinely misguided people who don’t realize they can’t sing. Some people are on there for a laugh, but some of those poor people really don’t know how bad they are. And they don’t realize the screeners have passed them through to the audition room to see them get humiliated.

We do so many things to protect people from their own stupidity, in this country. Shouldn’t we be doing that here too?

Contributed by: Scott Copperman


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