The platform in which young adults hope that their dreams of becoming a mega-star of the music world will come true. It has worked for some:
Kelly Clarkson - get outta here. The first winner who has gone on to be a major player in the music industry. One of the greats in my opinion
Clay Aiken - although he didn't win, his second place finish has certainly no hurt his career (if that's what we're calling it these days). Annoying? Sure. Good singer? Yes. I think he's on Broadway now....which really makes more sense to me than anything else.
Fantasia Barrino - although her album didn't do the greatest in the top 40 charts, she apparently did great in R&B markets. I mean, she one a BET award for crying out loud. Cast as Celie in the Broadway production of The Color Purple, she sold out many crowds. Unfortunately, I think she's cracked out now and we won't hear from her again.
Carrie Underwood - my favorite idol to date. Do I listen to country music? No, I actually dislike it, but there's something about Miss Underwood that I am completely drawn to. Perhaps it's the perfect pitch and flawlessly perfect face she has.....who knows?
Chris Daughtery - mega mega star and only a third place finisher in idol.
So the question remains....who will take the title this year?
I don't know if you've been watching, but something is up with the show this year. Never in all my life have I seen idol be so Christiany. First, Dolly Parton's opening act is OBVIOUSLY Christian. I grew up in an Assembly of God church which is why I'm probably one of the few people who actually know the song, "Jesus On the Main Line". This is the song they performed....I was in complete shock. Then Dolly herself sang something about Jesus lifting her up. Let me stop here and just say how much I ADORE Dolly Parton. Then, as if I haven't been in shock up until now, on last nights episode, the top 8 sing Shout to the Lord (which has become the newest anthem of Christianity in my opinion. Floored is not even the word to say. I'm dumbfounded!!!!!
I can't believe all the references to Jesus I've hear on this show this year. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that they're referencing Jesus, I just find it very very very strange for a show like American Idol.
Could this be a marketing ploy? Perhaps. Would it surprise me? No. If it is a ploy does it make me angry a little? Sure. Either way, the top 8 sang a great arrangement of Shout to the Lord and I loved every minute of it. I specifically enjoyed how you could tell which of the top 8 actually knew the song (and Jesus) and those who did not. That kind of made me chuckle.
I've been correct with my predictions for five seasons of the show. I was NOT expecting Ruben to win. However, this year, I'm at a crossroads. I have no idea who's going to win. I mean, I know who I hope wins (David Archuletta or Brooke White) but has far as gauging the American people and who they're voting for, I'm totally lost.
I really hope it's not the uber cocky David Cook. Can I stop and ask what was with that white jacket? Anxiety attack or not, he drives me crazy. I expect Syeshia to go next. Although I feel like she's getting better and better, I don't think she's connecting with the crowd like she should. Can I also say how over the "Afro on the skinny, very pretty African American girl" I am? I feel like we've been seeing that for so long. They've tried to do different things with her hair, but it doesn't work. It turns out looking like a big hot frizzy mess. Same with Brooke's. That girl needs to straighten those bangs every night.
I don't have the energy to even talk about Kristy Lee Cook.
Carley Smithson makes me crazy the way her mouths contracts into the tightest weirdest position when she's trying to sing the high notes. And why always the sleeveless with her...we know you have that big ta too.
Well....that's my Idol rant. It's been brewing in me for sometime now. Just thought I would share.