Thursday, February 22, 2007

Simon Says

My previous method of watching American Idol: watch the painful first auditions and then tune in to see who the final winner is. It makes for an interesting show to see Fantasia screaming her lungs out with a background of fireworks, when you really have little idea of who Fantasia is and why she won.

This season, however, I've stayed with it. I watched the ladies sing last night and the men the night before. I'm watching Randy, Paula and Simon reiterate with every breath the thing which bugs me most about American Idol: that the show should really be called R&B Idol, since that is the only singing style which ever wins.

During one of the early auditions, they invited Jewel to guest judge. I found that interesting, particularly because anyone with Jewel's singing style would be eliminated fairly early on. In the world of American Idol, Jewel can't sing. Neither can Sade, Eric Clapton, Prince, Norah Jones, Alanis Morrisette, or Sarah McLachlan, or the deceased Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, or Elvis.

To win American Idol, you need to sing like Whitney Houston. Mariah Carey. Etc. In other words, you need to sing rhythm and blues. You can select songs from other genres to perform, but you'd better perform them in an R&B vein.

Which is fine, if you don't mind listening to the same thing over and over, which I do. I would embarrass myself listing the wide range of music currently in my CD changer.

Nevertheless, I'm going to hang in there. There are actually talented people in the contest, even if Simon does think several of them are destined for the lunch show at Caesar's Palace. You know, the place you find all those wanna be Whitney Houstons.

Stay tuned!

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