The invasion of 15
American Idol seems to be focusing on the number of 15-year-old auditioners they’ve been seeing this season. They lowered the qualifying age to 15 and this after seeing the enormous success of one Justin Bieber. As if the world needs more like him. It’s not that I have anything against the boy (I’m not a fan but I don’t hate him) but his fans are an altogether mad bunch.
His fans, along with the Twilight fans are unbearable as it is. Please, American Idol, don’t pimp the 15-year-olds too much. They still have a lot of time left to enter the industry. Let them grow up first so that their “I’ve worked so hard for this” and “I’ve wanted this my whole life” statements actually have merit.
Sure some of them have talent, but I think the majority will be swallowed up in the competition.
The tragic back story
What is it about Milwaukee auditions and tragedy? Remember in season 8 when we were introduced to Danny Gokey? His was the final story we saw. His wife died not long after they were married. Many said that it was his tragedy that earned him votes in the early rounds. They stopped focusing on his story towards the end of the competition, which was a relief.
But then cut to season 10. American Idol once again finds tragedy in Milwaukee. This time
it was Chris Medina. Chris has a heartbreaking story. His fiancé was in a car crash and is now permanently in a wheelchair and seems to have difficulty communicating. We know this because Chris brought her to the audition. The judges even requested that he bring her to the audition room so that the judges could meet her. The way they spoke to her seemed a little patronising. It was as though they were speaking to a baby.
It was a sad story, sure. But it was also hard to watch her sitting in her wheelchair and shaking. It left me wondering if she was there by choice or just brought along to ensure Chris had camera time during this early stage of the competition. Perhaps I am too cynical. Time will tell. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of him in later rounds. I only hope that he will leave the subject of his fiancé alone and use his singing (not the greatest voice we’ve heard) to progress in the competition.
Like I mentioned previously, Randy seems to have taken over the Simon’s role as “mean judge”, but again he showed this week how that role just doesn’t suit him. His laughter during the bad auditions seems so out of place because Steven and Jennifer manage to somehow keep a straight face. Even with their critiques, they’re nice (for lack of a better word). Steven Tyler has fast become my favourite, with Jennifer Lopez a close second. Gosh, she is a super stylish. At one point watching the show became more about checking out her clothing than listening to the contestants.
That’s all for now, folks.