Sunday, December 10, 2006

American Idol flashback.

A sort of flashback of American Idol is on tv tonight, with clips from the season one in 2002. Remember Brian Dunkleman? Me either.

This was back when it was shocking -- just shocking -- how rude Simon was being to the contestants. I remember being disgustedly entertained by the contestants' reactions. Don't pretend like you object! If you did, the show wouldn't have been such a hit.

I do object, however, to the way in which the judges criticize the contestants. I understand that they're looking for more than a great vocalist; they're looking for someone who's attractive and who will sell records. But at least pretend to make some critiques relevant to the music! "Pitchy" doesn't mean anything. What, "your voice has pitch?" ALL music is "pitchy." Does Randy mean "out of tune" or "off key?" Or just bad? That always annoyed me.

Some classic Simon Cowell:

  • "My advice would be if you want to pursue a career in the music business, don't."
  • "Why are you having a normal conversation with him? This is a dairy farmer dressed as a woman.”
  • “If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning.”

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