Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Really? REALLY?!

This is usually the annual night where I write about the American Idol finale, and I will do that, but I've gotta say, I'm left a little wanting.
Wanting something relevant. For real? The only relevant artist on the finale was Christina Aguilera and they didn't even bother to tell her to sing into the microphone if she wants us to hear her over-use her runs? (they also forgot to tell her to wear pants) Don't get me wrong. I love Alanis Morissette more than you'd believe and Janet Jackson is perfection (though she's protesting the use of human hair in weaves or something), but really? Hall and Oates? Joe Cocker? Michael McDonald? Alice Cooper? Brett Michaels? (I get that he is on some sort of look-at-me-I'm-alive victory lap but still)
The best part of the whole thing was when they had all the previous idols come out and sing to Simon (sans one David Cook...) and having Paula come out there and prove that she's still the judge that people want to see. You know that made Ellen all kinds of uncomfortable. You know it did. And I love it.
Well...the best part of the whole thing actually was when Dane Cook was "singing" that ridiculous song that he thought was funny and all the rejects came out and RUINED the joke. Way to go man who doesn't matter. Way to go.
But after a lackluster season and an even more lackluster winner, the finale is always worth watching, for exactly the reasons listed above. It never fully makes sense (remember Meatloaf and Katharine McPhee singing together?) and always has something surprising. (remember when our asian friend sang "I am Your Brother" with the USC marching band? That was television brilliance) But the real reason to watch it is the fact that it's a culturally relevant event. While that star seems to be fading, it's still a program that's churning out artists that are selling records.
I had an argument with a friend a little while ago about what constitutes a "television event" and my definition of an event is something that brings multiple platforms and people together to one epicenter. That's what an Idol finale does. It brings fans of the show, amateur singers, the top of the pop world, (and apparently a lot of passe singers and older rockers lamenting the loss of their youthful fan bases.) It's bigger than just the show. It's bigger than just the winner. It's something that spans the zietgiest because the ripple effects of the people on this show have the potential to go on for years. After all, we can all agree that Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
So Simon's leaving and there will no doubt be countless changes made to the show to cope with the loss of it's true star, but that's alright. Really, it could be exciting to see how things change because this is a show that needs some changing.
Saying that brings to mind the commercials for SYTYCD that aired during almost every commercial break. I've ragged on this show for a long time now. Recap: I loved it, it was perfect, they made changes that didn't need to be made, they lost half their audience, and it's fallen from grace. Now they're changing it even more by bringing past contestants back onto the show and the main reason to watch, Mary Murphy, won't be on the panel each week. They might as well call it "Dancing with the So You Think You Can Dance Stars" and have silly Brooke Burke take the exquisite Cat Deeley's place.
Alas, it's changing and I'm gonna give it a shot. After all, Mark Kanemura is gonna be on there and he's the best contestant they've ever had on that show (if I do say so myself).
So here's to the completion of Idol and the start of SYTYCD. May Cat Deeley make up for all things Seacrest.

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