Like many American Idol fans, I’ve unblinkingly watched every single second of Season Seven’s broadcast. I’ve coached, I’ve judged, I’ve criticized, and now I’ve been completely blindsided by the show. Anyone else feel that way?
Why bother watching hours and hours - and hours - of audition footage if only a handful of the top 24 are featured? What’s with the confusion of Hollywood Week, as I scramble to remember faces and names and scream “What ! How did he make it to the top 24? Why haven’t I ever seen him before at all?”
It’s no secret the judges and producers of Idol have their special favorites. On the flip side, they have contestants they can’t stand (remember Simon Cowell’s unabashed loathing of Sanjaya Malakar last year?). The massive amounts of air time devoted to some and the quick two-second glimpses of others aren’t an accident: it’s a not-so-subtle plot to influence votes, to get rid of the “extras” and keep only the ones producers want.
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Way before American Idol’s seventh season started, fans were treated to a PR blitz that capitalized on how different the show would be this time around. They believed; they watched; they weren’t disappointed. Season Seven certainly does have a different feeling and tone at times than previous episodes, and Wednesday’s final decision night struck a few sad notes.
One by one the fifty contestants were carried toward the judges who so menacingly waited. One by one they were told to take that long, disappointing ride back down without happy news to report. Enter Carly Smithson, devastating diva from Ireland who missed her Idol chance in season 5. She was the first female to win a Final 12 slot, and I breathed a sigh of relief. This talented lady has definitely earned her place. I was also pleased to see husky-voiced Amanda Overmyer and 16-year-old sensation David Archuleta join the final group. Poor blonde Brook White cried her whole way up in the elevator and grinned with relief the entire way down.
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As of Tuesday night, the broadcast of American Idol’s Hollywood Week began. After weeks and weeks of watching auditions, fans finally got the chance to catch up with some of their early favorites during this intense round of multiple eliminations.
One hundred and sixty-four singers piled into the theater FOX rents out for the show, with a relative few of them impressing the judges in their very first round. Taking the stage one by one, each contestant sang for the judges’ general pleasure (or displeasure, as the case may be). Those who won approval from all three got to sail through the first elimination round, earning a respite before facing the judges again on the third day. It was during this first round the much-touted musical instruments appeared, though precious few seemed to find success with these devices.
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The $71 it takes to get into one Walt Disney World theme park for a day could soon buy you a shot at pop superstardom.
Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts in Orlando, Florida is about to launch its own version of the FOX TV hit American Idol.
Here’s how it will work: visitors to Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park (formerly Disney-MGM Studios) will be able to audition at various locations throughout that particular park each day. Those who make it through that initial step will get some vocal coaching and hair and makeup help. Next they’ll perform in front of a real, live audience in Disney’s American Idol soundstage. If they pass muster with the judges and audience, they’ll move onto a preliminary round then to the final round each evening.
Daily winners will get a guaranteed slot in regional auditions for the real American Idol TV show.
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The American Idol machine stopped in Atlanta, the very last city on the tour, perhaps in hopes of finding another Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken or Jennifer Hudson. Instead, they found singers like Alexandrea Lushington, Amanda Overmyer and Brooke Helvie - and I have a strong feeling we’re going to see much more of at least one of these girls.
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Weeks before Season Seven of American Idol started, judges and producers came forward to talk about the show’s new direction. Lackluster record sales and a bit of sag in the ratings last year meant a change had to happen. Instruments will be added this season (at some point), and this year there’s much more focus on the singers instead of celebrity guests. More back story, more tears, more focus on the contestants. So…how’s it working out for Idol this year?
The FOX reality show is consistently winning at the ratings game, though some of this is no doubt due to strike instead of entertainment value. But there is a subtle difference this year in the Idol auditions. Sans celebrity judges, the camera does seem to be finding contestants instead of stars. Early promises before the season started said viewers would see more talent than ever before…perhaps even the best Idol season ever. This week’s auditions ended in Miami (with Atlanta to begin next week). Have viewers already seen the next American Idol?
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Paula Abdul took some time out this morning to make an appearance on pal Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. The special event, which was most likely a precursor to her rumored Super Bowl appearance, was an opportunity for the former pop star to reveal her new single produced by co-worker Randy Jackson.
NOTE: Always debut your new projects amongst friends. At least you can guarantee someone will smile and tell you they love you.
The song, titled “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow” will appear on Jackson’s upcoming compilation album: Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Vol. 1. Click here to listen to the song for yourself. If you were Simon - would you let her compete in American Idol’s Hollywood round? Or would you kindly tell her to stick with dancing and crying?
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Solidifying its reputation as the number one show in the U.S., American Idol’s seventh season premiered last night to a staggering 33.24 million viewers. How did the other networks fare in the face of such stiff competition? Well, if you take all the viewers on all the other networks and add them together, you might get close to the numbers FOX pulled down with just one episode of their reality hit. And it’s not over yet - Idol will return twice a week for the next few months.
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The audition portion of American Idol - arguably the best part of the whole bloody show - will begin airing next week, and judge Simon Cowell (my personal favorite) will no doubt light into singers with his usual acerbic tongue. But Cowell says even his criticisms are meant to be constructive.
Speaking from London (don’t worry - he’ll be Stateside in time for Idol’s seventh season), Simon explained it all in an interview: after listening to bad singers for seven years, it can all get rather trying - and sometimes, words probably do come out a little harsh. Really? Tell me more. I can’t wait to listen to the Dreamcrusher at work.
The host said this year’s crop of talent is strong, young and more interesting. Than who - Sanjaya? That’ll be hard to beat. Cowell called the cast “fresh” and “memorable,” but admittedly they don’t have a tough act to follow.
The judge went on to say that he might be finished with Idol when his current contract expires in two more years. Good - maybe then he’ll do his own show. That’s something I’ve been waiting on for years.
(You can find all the American Idol 7 posts here.)
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Thanks to the writers’ strike, the Fall TV Programming Schedule I put together many months ago will now have to be burned. Reality shows and mid-season replacements are now being brought in earlier than expected.
Here’s a list of the TV premieres announced so far. TV Envy will be publishing a revamped programming schedule as soon as more dates are released.
- 12/12 - Crowned (CW)
- 1/2 - Law and Order (NBC)
- 1/3 - Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
- 1/6 - American Gladiators (NBC)
- 1/7 - Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann (ABC)
- 1/8 - One Tree Hill (CW)
- 1/9 - Law and Order: CI (NBC)
- 1/11 - 1 vs. 100 (NBC)
- 1/13 - The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX)
- 1/14 - Prison Break (FOX)
- 1/15 - American Idol (FOX)
- 1/23 - The Moment of Truth (FOX)
- 1/28 - The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
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