Saturday, January 29, 2011

AND, IDOL 2011 CONTINUES...


A Milwaukee audition of AMERICAN IDOL S10 in progress

The second week of IDOL S10 brought its own surprises. Some were destined to be on the show, destined to go to Hollywood, while others didn't quite make the cut. Jennifer seemed to grow as the hardest judge on the new panel. Moving on from just her, I thought that the judges were getting what it takes to decide who would be the next AMERICAN IDOL. I might still miss the harsh brutality of Simon Cowell, but I really think that if a panel of judges can be objective beyond the image that they carry, I think that will lead to them being what it really takes to be a good judge. I think that Simon's absence from the panel might imply that the judging on the show would go beyond what the judges were known to do, and recognize talent irrespective of what they were known to recognize. I like the sense of isolation that this season has brought with it. While we had one auditioneer singing a Jennifer Lopez song, we had another who considered Steven Tyler as their idol. Even so, the judging has been unpredictable. I didn’t really know and couldn’t predict or decide what the judges would do with the auditioneers. I think that’s what's keeping the show interesting for me.

I have to admit that when Simon decided to leave, and when Ellen and Kara, both announced their exit, I seriously thought that the forthcoming (tenth) season of the show would be their last. However, seeing how it’s been going on the show so far this season, I genuinely believe that this show is here to stay. Not only does it rake in the thousands of people who want what the recognition that an AMERICAN IDOL finalist gets, but it also has a judging panel that knows how to recognize talent. While they still encourage very, very nascent talent, I really think that they know what they are doing. I am sure that the new panel of judges will bring to us a set of finalists that are just as competitive and talented as any other set we’ve seen over the last nine seasons and more than that! I, for one, cannot wait for the Hollywood week and all that is set to come ahead of that for us...

 WHAT DO YOU THINK?? Please tell us...

COMING SOON: The 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

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