Still trying with American Idol

I have been hanging in there with “American Idol,” even though it has failed to grab me this season.  The announcers keep hyping, breathlessly, that “this is the best talent ever!” but I have seen nothing to make me think so.  In fact, now that the show has winnowed the herd to the top 24, I was struck by how many I hadn’t even seen before!  (I think I missed one audition show, so maybe they were all on that. But I also should have seen them on subsequent shows, hearing them try out on “Hollywood Week.”  Or maybe I did see them, but they left absolutely no impression.)  If this is the case, that some of the top contestants were edited out of the auditions, presumably because the producers didn’t think them interesting, that is a serious production fault.  (I wonder how far ahead these shows are taped.  You would think that if a contestant made it through another level of elimination, the producers could edit his or her performance into the previous week’s episode.)  Of the ones I’ve heard, the Aussie guy should be hard to beat.

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://ladydusk.blogspot.com dawn

    I was laughing at them Tuesday night “This is the best talent ever!” and then lamenting that so few got the insta-pass to the Thursday round of Hollywood week.

  • http://ladydusk.blogspot.com dawn

    I was laughing at them Tuesday night “This is the best talent ever!” and then lamenting that so few got the insta-pass to the Thursday round of Hollywood week.

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  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    As far as the shows up to now, they were taped last summer and fall (auditions), so there was plenty of time for editing. In fact, I am sure the actual auditions were edited AFTER Hollywood Week. Hollywood week takes place right before Thanksgiving and then the final 24 are “sworn” to secrecy until now. For example, Taylor Hicks was back to being broke and playing at weddings right up until he reported to Hollywood.

    I simply COULD NOT get into the show last year; the talent was just lackluster. I am very excited about this year, at least for now. Hopefully this crop of talent will proving to be entertaining. I think it is all in the personalities of the contestants and how much they are willing to share themselves with the audience.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    As far as the shows up to now, they were taped last summer and fall (auditions), so there was plenty of time for editing. In fact, I am sure the actual auditions were edited AFTER Hollywood Week. Hollywood week takes place right before Thanksgiving and then the final 24 are “sworn” to secrecy until now. For example, Taylor Hicks was back to being broke and playing at weddings right up until he reported to Hollywood.

    I simply COULD NOT get into the show last year; the talent was just lackluster. I am very excited about this year, at least for now. Hopefully this crop of talent will proving to be entertaining. I think it is all in the personalities of the contestants and how much they are willing to share themselves with the audience.


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