Wednesday, March 5, 2008

American Idol Is Not What It Pretends To Be

Those of you enamored with American Idol need to be aware that the competition is meaningless. Don't spend hours voting for your favorite performer because it won't matter in the end. Producers of the show already know who they're going to force into the nation's ears once the show has come to an end.

This was never more obvious than after season five. Taylor Hicks was America's choice, but the contestant who came in fourth received more backing by the record label than Hicks. In the music business it takes more than a quality product to sell millions of CDs. It takes money to bring that product to the attention of the consumer.

From 1/07/08:

"American Idol' winner Taylor Hicks is splitting from Arista. Hicks has decided to record his next album on his own. He said he signed his 3-year deal straight out of Idol because it was all he could get, and at that point he had no reason to turn it down. He said he'll continue to hustle to get more gigs, and he'll be releasing another album in 2008, and hopefully go on tour."

And the first comment:

"Mr. Hicks was not dropped by his label, as has been widely reported over the past couple of days. His lawyers were able to get him removed from his contract for a variety of reasons, including breach of contract and failure to comply with promised promotion, among other things. Mr. Hicks has agreed not to reveal the terms of the separation for a specific period of time. In other words, J Records/RCA didn't give Hicks what they promised, he wants more artistic freedom and better promotion, he was able to get out of his contract and he has agreed not to reveal any details at this time. Bear in mind that the new season of American Idol is coming up, and they can't afford more negative publicity - look how badly their treatment of Mr. Hicks impacted last season's show."
Posted by: fromtheinside on 01/08/2008 06:38 AM

So, watch American Idol for entertainment, if you like. But don't delude yourself into believing your vote will have any impact on that performer's career.


Sunny said...

With Taylor, they saw it obvious they couldn't throw the show. Simon tried desperately to influence viewers to see it his way and it did not work.

What we are seeing from last year, the show may have directed the outcome, hell, I knew Jordin was the TCO in March, but no success to be found in the charts and so a solid loss of credibility. Certainly the show is a ratings boon for FOX but the monkeys running the show know little about what makes a star. They also seriously screwed the proverbial pooch by their blatant disrespect for Mr. Hicks. Just for the ratings and the attention, the excitement he gave that show, the fools behind this show should have openly embraced and celebrated him.

This season they are trying to power little David Archuletta through. He's distracting to watch, all that tongue lashing and his gasping. Who would want to pay to see him in concert? There is not one iota of entertainer in the kid.

The Troll said...

Interesting and original take. I don't see the little mormon kid selling records or concert tickets but I could see him getting voted "American Idol" based on the show's demographics.

And I could definately see them pushing someone else with the publicity machine.

henry8 said...

Taylor just stole their show out from under them the year he was on and in their effort to keep that from happening again they have ruined the show totally for me. Of course, I was never a big AI lover in the first place, but their need now to keep total control has made it even worse. Anyone they think might just take over is not going to even get on.
I loved this article about it, I haven't seen enough really this year to have much of an opinion but this is very close to what I was thinking with what I have seen.

I would not care about AI at all but their efforts to rewrite history make me sick. They put it in every article that they can that Taylor never was any good. To the point that it has affected the publics opinion about him. People are easily influenced and they have done their best to make it accepted opinion that he is no good. Makes you sick.

I think Simon knew at the audition what might happen. Thats why he tried to keep him off, not because he thought he was no good. His reason "they won't put you through to the final 24" simply made no sense. How could that be a criteria for getting through to Hollywood?

Soul Reporter said...

Because Simon, the superficial asshole, was basing it on the way Taylor looked. Background singer? Moron.

Chicken & Waffles said...

It's really quite a dreadful show. I have tried to watch it but that damned gag reflex thing keeps starting up.

Mister Hicks was always better than the show. I hope his involvement in it didn't ruin him.