Friday, January 30, 2009

Huh? Who needs an Idol?

Okay, I’ve evidently lost Word somewhere, without doing anything. Have a computer act up on me? Never. I’m not even going to go into what I had to do to open it so that I could compose my blog. Just know that it’s being weird.

Anyway, below is a YouTube clip of David Osmond. Yeah, I said Osmond; he’s the son of Osmond brother Alan. Why is it here? He auditioned for American Idol the other night. Now, I know that most of you don’t watch it, so please bear with me. American Idol is supposed to be for un-knowns, those musicians who would never have had a break without the show. People like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken …. And yet, in walks David Osmond, heir of the Osmond talent, obviously, but someone that needs a show like American Idol in order to be heard? I don’t think so. You can’t tell me that his family has no connections with record companies? In fact, they used to have their own studios. I don’t know, I just … ohhh, it bothers me for some reason.

And then we have Joanna Pacitti. Beautiful voiced and talented Joanna Pacitti. When she walked into the audition room, new judge Kara DioGuardi greeted her – “I remember you! You’re Joanna Pacitti.” Oh boy. Joanna Pacitti is going to Hollywood, again. Who is she? Weeellllll:

She was on Broadway in Annie at the age of 11; she was on the Reality TV show MTV’s First Year; under contract with A&M records for 5 years; on the soundtracks of movies Legally Blonde and Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack; her album This Crazy Life has sold 15,000 copies since its release in 2006; finally, one of her songs Out From Under was re-released by Britney Spears. Starting to get the picture? It’s not that she shouldn’t be allowed a second chance, its that her presence could skewer the results – for example, many would vote for her thinking that she had the inside edge, sort of like people who let voting polls influence them; also, she could cause people not to vote because they might think that it wouldn’t matter, she’s an Idol plant and is going to win; then there are those who could already be fans, some of those 15,000 that bought her record.

But wait, haven’t other contestants have contracts before? Yeah, but not to this extent. For instance, there's Carly Smithson – who’s 2001 album Ultimate High scored 6,000 sales. That's 7 years, less than 1,000 a year; while Pacitti has sold 15,000 in just 2 years. Quite a difference there.

Anyway, I don’t like this trend of “had-a-chance” contestants making it past the audition rounds. Call me a dreamer, but I feel that American Idol should be for the people like Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson, people who never had a chance, and who would have never had a chance without the show.


Brandy said...

I actually agree with you. I don't watch American Idol, but I was always under the impression it was for those who would have no other chance to be heard.

Shelley Munro said...


I've been watching Idol. It's just started here on our TV and is usually a few weeks behind the US. I don't think people who have had contracts should be allowed to enter, although I can understand a person wanting to make it on their own rather than riding on family fame. I guess it shows how popular and influencial Idol really is.

catslady said...

This is the first time I've watched from the beginning. I totally agree with you. Also, I hate that they pass some through for their sob stories - sorry - if it's a talent contest that's what it should be. Oh, and the ones they pass just because of ratings. I guess though I can't expect total fairness. On any given day - they passed some that were worse than others that they didn't pass. I do agree though besides the voice, they do have to have some stage presence.

Bebo said...

It sounds like they're changing this into something closer to (what I understand as) the Brit version... where it's open to all ages and many times it's people who are looking for a 2nd chance at "fame"... or would that be America's Got Talent?
I liked Idol better in the beginning & then only in small doses.