I’ve been a fan of American Idol for the past two seasons. I’ll even confess to enjoying seeing a few of the auditions of the less talented and completely deluded in the opening shows of each season.
But the first four hours of Season Six have been painful, hard to watch, intentionally cruel. More so than past years? I’m not sure. But out of all the thousands who fill the stadiums in Minneapolis and Seattle, I know they couldn’t have all been ridiculously horrid. Why not show us more of the also-rans? Those kids who had some talent but just not quite enough to make the cut. Or even a few more who got those golden passes. (Like the sister and brother shown in these photos.)
This week’s shows are leaving a bad taste in my mouth. I’m not sure it’s worth seeing them, not even in order that I could say I remember the winner’s initial audition. (I do remember Carrie and I do remember Taylor.) I’m not sure I want to take part in the humiliation of young people with odd looks and tin ears. Most of the time it isn’t funny.
Could you rethink these opening shows before next season? How about making us eager to spend two hours watching the auditions by showing us more of the good stuff? How about leaving us wanting more instead of making us feel a bit icky for having watched?
Please think about it. You might find a lot of fans besides me who appreciate the change.