When American Idol first came out, I thought the concept was interesting. I was disappointed that they didn’t seem to encourage, or even allow original music to be part of the mix. They didn’t allow musicians to play their instruments either (they do now, but it seems to be more of a prop and a crutch for most). However, I thought the concept itself was interesting. The optimistic side of me thought it might serve as a platform for introducing the world to something new/different/original. There were some talented people in the early seasons. It quickly jumped the shark though, and has seemingly gone downhill ever since. I am sure it is still wildly popular with the masses, but not to the extent that it once was. There are clearly better “talent-search” shows out there now. “The Voice” is a much cooler concept…at least in the initial stages of blind auditions.
This season is the worst I have seen. The talent pool is shallow to say the least. But, they will promote the eventual winner to no end, and as long as Harry Connick Jr keeps telling America that it is the most talented field ever, people will buy into it.
They have 10 finalists right now, and I can EASILY name 10 artists who write, sing, and play better than any of them. I am guessing many of you could as well.
It all makes me wonder what would happen if you had a contest type show like this, with the same level of resources behind it, but allowed it to be about original music. I wonder why no one nationally has tried to open that door. No bubblegum pop covers, no bro-country…just genuine artists doing original music. It would be a game-changer and introduce the masses to an entirely new source of music that they will likely never be exposed to. Rather than chasing the popular trend, maybe it could SET the trend by exposing the truly original and creative artists out there who poses all the tools.
I know what the general feeling is towards such programming among our followers. This is really more about the idea of an outlet for original music than another rant about American Idol, and what it would take to get those type of resources around such a thing.
What do you think?