Thursday, May 21, 2009

I Skipped American Idol – And Lived To Tell About It

Photo from Fox

I actually did it. I got through the entire season without watching one – NOT ONE – episode of American Idol. And I lived to tell about it.

Our local Fox station provided highlights of each show ad nauseam, so it only took two minutes to get an idea of the contestants’ abilities. In addition, other shows like the morning infotainment shows like the Today Show, Good Morning America, and The View often also provided coverage. Why bother to sit though hours and hours of marginal singing if someone else can just provide a condensed version? There are so many other better shows on television these days that American Idol just doesn’t warrant such an investment of my time.

Of course, when I turned on the news this morning, I heard that Kris Allen won in an upset over Adam Lambert. Since I didn’t spend one second of my valuable time dialing in to vote, or spend any of my valuable money sending text messages to vote, the news didn’t bother me. In fact, I chuckled a little inside at the AI judges who seemed so sure Adam would win as they fawned over him week after week, and at the press that had already provided Adam with his picture on the cover of magazines, apparently crowning him as king somewhat prematurely.

I have to admit that I cringed when our local Fox station played the song, “"No Boundaries” that both contestants had to sing in their final sing-off that AI judge Kara DioGuardi had a hand in writing. Not only was it unlistenable, it apparently was unsingable as it was reported that both contestants sounded awful.

So, I’m glad I missed all of it. It sounds like I didn’t miss much. It’s been reported by many sources that with each year, American Idol continues to lose viewers. I suspect that with each passing year, viewers realize that there really is more to television – and to life – than obsessing about a bunch of wanna-be stars who may or may not be able to carry a tune.

And that’s all I have to say on the subject – until next season, of course!

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Sara said...

TiVo was invented for shows like American Idol. I watched the try-outs at the beginning of the season just for the humor. And when AI got down to business I didn't even bother to waste space on my hard drive. Last night was the only episode that I recorded in its entirety this season. With Simon Cowell's departure all but imminent, I won't need to worry about recording much next season either. The final ten minutes of the season finale will suffice.

I Like to Watch TV said...

I also have DVR'd AI in past season, and just zipped over the "fluff". But this season based on what I saw in advance, I didn't even want to bother with the DVR either. Now that's bad when I won't record a show to cut out the boring parts!

Anonymous said...

I'm two seasos into not watching AI. It's such a relief to not be a slave to this type of program. I'm just down to watching "The Biggest Loser" and "The Amazing Race" as far as reality programming goes.

And I too had the same reaction to that horrible "No Boundaries" song. Oy this is why I listen to Sat radio. I avoid having to listen to all this poo-poo.

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