American Idol – Needing a Fast Start

You have to know how to play the American Idol game in order to be successful with it.American Idol logo

And a big part of that game happens in the opening weeks.  I think contestants are finally starting to realize it.  It’s not enough to be a good singer.  And you can’t go all goofy and not have the singing chops to back it up.

(Unless you’re bikini girl.  She was good for a gag early one, but she should never have made it past her first audition in Hollywood.  Thankfully, that horror was dispensed with on Day Two.  Quelle surprise.)

The point is, you need to make a name for yourself at your first appearance.  Get the producers and editors interested in you. Make sure you’re a person of interest to follow during Hollywood Hell Week.  Part of that can be mitigated now by the protracted Hollywood Week shows, but still — look at the memorable personalities you saw in last week’s two shows. How many of them weren’t featured during the audition episodes to begin with? And how many of those who weren’t featured will get the fan votes necessary to make it to the Top 12?  We’re starting with an enormous group of 36 contestants this year.  America can only vote so often, even with unlimited voting.  You need to capture their heart instantly or else you’ll get swept up and spit out.

If that means acting like a complete diva in Hollywood to get the guy with the camera to shine his LED light at you while chasing you across the hotel, then that’s what you’ve got to do.  If it comes naturally, you’re in luck.

American Idol is a singing competition, but it’s still also a reality show.

Fair or not, that’s the way the game is played.  Everyone knows it going in now.  It stinks for the good singers without a “hook,” but that’s what the game is.  And the game is now afoot.


 
 
 

One Response to “American Idol – Needing a Fast Start”

  1. Chad Nevett
    11. February 2009 at 16:15

    My girlfriend watches this, so on Tuesday’s, I’ve been stuck watching it, too–and, honestly, this is part of what makes it so frustrating for me. It’s NOT a singing competition, it’s a reality show pure and simple. That it pretends to be the former while actually being the latter is annoying and, in many ways, cruel. During the auditions, how many people’s hopes did they get up by letting them go to Hollywood despite EVERYONE knowing they wouldn’t make it past the first cut there? Well, everyone aside from the auditioner… It’s certainly interesting to watch, but… something about it is very unsettling.