Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Why oh Why do I watch American Idol? I mean, is it some sick thing?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU
 
BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 08:57 PM
Original message
Why oh Why do I watch American Idol? I mean, is it some sick thing?
I was blessed/cursed with perfect pitch (I didn't have anything to do with it...lucky genes)
yet every year I torture myself sitting, eating popcorn and hoping that maybe..just maybe I'll
be blown away....

I'm a hopeless romantic, sick fuck..
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 08:58 PM
Response to Original message
1. The lure of a train wreck.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 09:08 PM
Response to Reply #1
3. Tonight was a Train Wreck....I'd be ashamed to be from Minneapolis.
I never heard such "Screech-Singing" in all my life...

Most of the contestants sounded like 50 poor cats caught in a large blender.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 08:45 AM
Response to Reply #3
27. But remember - lots of the contestants weren't from Minnesota.
They traveled from other places to audition in Minneapolis.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 09:06 PM
Response to Original message
2. What was it with that FAUX military propaganda tonight?
I mean, "Reagan Idol?" :puke: And neither person in the military who went to Hollywood deserved to go IMO.

I only saw one who was top-12 worthy: The one who sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow."
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 09:11 PM
Response to Reply #2
4. Yeah.. the "Rainbow Girl" was pretty decent. The 2 army/navy ...
...singers were either lousy singers or extremely talented squawk boxes.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 09:12 PM
Response to Original message
5. Only one decent singer the whole night
Maybe some of the ones they didn't show might have been ok, but sheeezzz...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 09:23 PM
Response to Reply #5
7. I heard the Seattle auditions are even worse
Hope the other cities make up for the first two.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
kimsterdemster Donating Member (237 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 09:20 PM
Response to Original message
6. Loved it...
I think it's funny, sad and entertaining. I'm a Karaoke person and I would think out of 10,000 there's a lot of average/decent singers that don't get on T.V., they just show the best and the worst, imho. :silly:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 09:31 PM
Response to Original message
8. I don't start watching Idol until
it's down to like the last 16 or 12

When it's at that level, I think the show is really good.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
S n o w b a l l Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 09:56 PM
Response to Original message
9. Cause it's just pure fun...& who doesn't need some mindless fun occasionally?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 09:58 PM
Response to Original message
10. Opium. for the people. enjoy.
nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 12:27 AM
Response to Reply #10
17. You got yours, and we got ours.
nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
BlackVelvetElvis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 10:08 PM
Response to Original message
11. Horrible tonight. What did I expect but...
these dysfunctional, deluded kids who can't sing and make a gimmick-out-of-everything-just-to-get-on-tv-because-I'm-entitled-and-you're-crushing-my-dreams-if-you-don't-like-me-because-I'm-talented-damnit. What kind of alternate reality do they exist in?
Whatever happened to maturity at that age? I'm done with it.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 10:28 PM
Response to Original message
12. I'll tell you one thing. After watching the extreme lack of talent tonight
I'm signing my daughter up next go 'round. She can truly sing. And, then I'll be her manager and then I'll be rich, rich, rich, I tells ya, rich.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 10:30 PM
Response to Reply #12
13. My daughter's older brother should have auditioned.
He lives in St. Paul. He wouldn't have had to travel. He's got model looks, an engaging smile, a great personality, and a fantastic voice.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 10:32 PM
Response to Original message
14. My wife was watching it on the other TV and I could hear some of it.
I was ready to slit my wrists, and even contemplating a murder/suicide.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 07:47 AM
Response to Reply #14
24. LOL!....Damn...that's Funny!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 10:40 PM
Response to Original message
15. You mean it was on tonight?
Sorry, it was strictly MSNBC and Comedy Central for us tonight.

I used to regard the American Idol auditions as a drinking game. When someone truly horrid took to serenading the judges, I threw back a finger of Southern Comfort. I stopped way before getting drunk, though - if I stuck with the game to the bitter end, I'd probably be six feet under.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
S n o w b a l l Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 10:43 PM
Response to Original message
16. The first episodes are just plain awful...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 12:29 AM
Response to Original message
18. It gets better.
It always does.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 12:42 AM
Response to Original message
19. I envy you on the perfect pitch thing.
I was gonna post this earlier, but I was afraid of straying into muddly waters and offending someone. I really like that American Idol gives exposure to young black female singers. Because I think that there is a wealth of singing talent in that demographic, but when you look at pop stars that are being promoted more often than not they are bleached blond caucasians who, with the exception of Aguilera, really are not that talented vocally. So I think Idol is a great vehicle for singers like this to get exposure that they might not otherwise get; and that is what they need, the exposure but not necessarily to win. Idol gave the world Jennifer Hudson, and if not for Idol she might be working at McDonalds. It's obscene to me to see how well some of these young women can sing and then have to hear pop tunes by people like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton on the radio. Although Idol isn't without it's flaws because of the voting; I really think Kelly Clarkson is talented but I'll always say that Tamyra Gray should have won that first year. But she did get to be on that show Boston Public. So it does give opportunities that might not come otherwise. I don't think it's a bad thing at all, and I don't understand why people react so strongly to it. That being said, I haven't watched it since Ruben Stoddard won it.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 08:00 AM
Response to Reply #19
25. Yep...I agree......and at the risk of sounding racist.....welll...maybe not..
...I LOVE a good Black singer...Male or Female.
I hear more "Tone Colors" (I don't know how else to discribe it)
then the average White singer. ....and of course, there's exceptions.

The Harmonics of Black Singers seem to be more rich than the (again, Average)
White.

One Note though: The Pop Singer, BJ Thomas has/had the most "on Key"
voice I have ever heard...damn, the dude hit the notes Perfect..all the time!

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Zookeeper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 02:19 AM
Response to Original message
20. I have the most fun watching early episodes....
By the end, I'm not that interested because I don't enjoy most of the songs and the overwrought singing styles.

That said, while the Zookids and I were watching a particularly bad singer tonight, I pointed out that we normally would be cracking up. Instead, we were all wincing because the singers were representing us Minnesotans. :yoiks:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 02:24 AM
Response to Original message
21. I thought it was a lot of fun
Of course, it's better when paula's shitfaced, but it was still pretty funny. There were some very very bad acts.

I love the folks who get all upset when they're told they suck, or act surprised that Simon said something rude.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
MsKandice01 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 02:27 AM
Response to Reply #21
22. Paula WAS shitfaced!
She was drunk off her ass. LOL.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 02:31 AM
Response to Reply #22
23. oh, I've seen her a lot worse
a LOT.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 08:29 AM
Response to Original message
26. I saw enough of it to be disgusted
Some of these people have severe emotional problems and it is not funny to exploit them. One day one of these people is going to commit suicide. They ought to have them sign a release that allows them to screen out people who are plainly troubled.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 08:46 AM
Response to Reply #26
28. After the talk about the show yesterday, I watched last night.
I was really disturbed about the 16-year-old boy who had a terrible, terrible reaction.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 09:06 AM
Response to Reply #28
29. Jewel seemed uncomfortable with the mean spiritedness of parts of the show
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 09:12 AM
Response to Reply #28
30. Yeah, that was quite a meltdown wasn't it?
I caught about the last half of the show (and that was my first experience watching it at all) and reqally got the feeling that they are looking for people who make "ggod tv" as opposed to talented singer singer.

And as somebody who dislikes confrontation, and feels "empathic" embarrassment for others a lot of what I saw last night made me squirm. You just know the juggler kid's meltdown is gonna be played on radio morning shows as a soundbite for YEARS to come.

Y'know, I've still not heard William Hung's "She Bangs."
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 10:58 AM
Response to Reply #30
34. They were making fun of the Fuel/ABBA kid on Mike and Mike this morning
Edited on Wed Jan-17-07 11:01 AM by Strawman
Two grown ADULT MEN making fun of a devastated KID on a national show. I thought that was totally dicky. Is that what passes for entertainment in this country, schadenfreude over the crushed dreams of some poor high school kid, however delusional?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 01:35 PM
Response to Reply #34
35. The ABBA kid was 20, not in high school, but your point is a good one.
I think he'll be okay - he's got a band to perform with at least.

But the 16-year-old juggler, I don't know. His reaction was very extreme.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Jimbo S Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 09:18 AM
Response to Original message
31. Simon is my man!
Reality check.


I only watch the auditions.

Too many people with mediocre talent who have been told they are talented for so long because nobody wants to hurt their feelings. It's nice to see the reality check. I thought Simon was actually professional with regards to his comments this time around. Let me know in a year when Season 7 auditions are on so I can tune in again.


Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 09:20 AM
Response to Original message
32. We now know that Jewel has all the personality of a paper clip.
I almost fell asleep during her comments.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 09:23 AM
Response to Original message
33. Okay, I have the same problem
I have perfect pitch, too. Prior to last night, I'd never seen "American Idol". My husband watches it, though, and we have only one DISH receiver at this point, so guess who got to spend two hours last night I'll never get back?

I felt very badly for the young woman who obviously idolized Jewel. She wasn't a great singer, but to openly mock her? I realize these contestants have probably seen the program before, but I was floored at how nasty they got with her. I'm thinking that criticizing others is the only thing that must bring Simon Cowell joy in life. It's too bad that he will most likely never be on the receiving end of his brand of disdain.

I'll be hiding upstairs tonight with a book. Good thing I can see the rerun of "The Daily Show" and the "Colbert Report" at 10 our time.

Julie
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Jul 23rd 2014, 06:30 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC