I’m torn on Group Day during “American Idol” Hollywood Week. It’s such an obvious drama thing. It has nothing to do with whether an individual will make a strong Idol contestant or not. It’s about creating conflict and watching the mayhem that results.
On the other hand, it gives us a better insight into people’s characters. We get to see who the selfish punks are who would kick a 15 year old kid out of their group, who the nutcases are who quit under the first bit of pressure, and who the opinionated know-it-alls are who think they’re the only right ones in the building.
This year’s two hour Group Night extravaganza was spectacular. So while I may think it’s unnecessary and counter-productive, it makes for great TV and isn’t that what we all want?
The results from that show us, however, that Idol really wants a diva to win this year. Badly. Everyone who can screech, scream, and make a single note into a warbling mess without any regard for the rhythm or melody of the music got high praise. The more you scream and wrench every note out of a single syllable, the more Randy, J-Lo, and Steven will love you. Given the judging panel, that shouldn’t be a surprise. Steven often harmonizes on that screaming.
Welcome to the backlash to the singer/songwriter successes of the last three years. Well, the problem with them is that they weren’t as successful as Idol would have liked.
Last night also promised a big twist — which was the preview to next week’s episode. OK. Because the Idol producers can’t milk the Beatles catalog any more, can they?