Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A decent start, but a bad change

So I predicted that Jasmine would go, so I'm not disappointed. I am a little surprised by Jorge getting cut, not because he was such a good singer--although the beating he took from the judges Tuesday night was a little excessive--but because unlike the four wildcards, he did get enough votes to advance on his own. I would have thought he'd have enough support out there to carry him through the first week at least. But he had no chance to win, so it's no big deal

What is a big deal is this new one-time judges' veto power that was announced. Look, we've watched American Idol for seven years. Part of the deal is that occasionally people go home when they shouldn't. No one likes it, but it's the way it is. It's part of having the fans vote. Why exactly is there a burning need to change that? Especially when the judges now seem to be way more concerned with being "current" and "where you fit in the industry" than how well someone sings. And it also makes the whole process of getting voted out even tougher--you hear you've been voted out and then Ryan says, "Does he get to stay?" and they say "No, sorry." The singers are told they suck twice. Kind of harsh.

And of course, Idol couldn't introduce this new twist without being dishonest. Ryan said the veto power had to be used before the final 5. And yet, when they introduced it, they mentioned how this veto might have saved Tamyra Gray or Chris Daughtry (along with Jennifer Hudson and somebody I can't remember.) But since both Tamyra and Chris were eliminated during the final 4 round, it wouldn't have had any effect on either of their eliminations. Come on, Idol producers, how dumb do you think we are out here? It's like they're trying to make me mad.

Two more observations: The group sings are actually interesting this year, because how can you take your eyes off Scott? Is he going to bump into someone? Are they going to have him stand off to the side on anything too complicated? And actually, tonight he seemed to be participating in everything. Actually, I think his participation in the medleys is much more remarkable than his singing...

Finally, great to see Kelly Clarkson. And she was great.

Fingerhut out.


Anonymous Wei said...

yay fingerhut back!

3/12/09, 3:22 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

You said, it - it is making YOU mad. Everyone else I talk to doesn't mind. I guess they need to consult you before they change the show...CHANGE is good!!!!!!!!!!!

3/12/09, 10:42 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Actually, the group performances are one of the things I've always enjoyed about the show. Scott is and inspiring guy, that's for sure. And, while I'm all for change, I think the new rule is pretty stupid--it's like saying, the results are up to you, America, BUT the judges have veto power. Ditto on the "yay fingerhut back!" comment.

3/13/09, 9:25 AM  

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