Now I've never been a fan of American
Idol, but apparently the show has been suffering a slump
since country crooner Carrie Underwood nabbed the coveted
title … and that
was in 2005. Last night the show concluded its seventh season with
rocker David Cook (and, in my humble opinion, winner of the softest
looking hair) winning, despite dismal ratings and crazy bouts of
forgetfulness from Paula Abdul.
I just so happened to catch the last 10 minutes of the show and felt a
little sad. I remembered past contestants who've succeeded: Kelly
Clarkson, dye-job loving Clay Aiken, Jennifer Hudson (she made it to
the top seven — but totally had the last word when she
snatched the Oscar in 2007), and Underwood. The B-list Idols are just
too many to name. (I'm sorry, but this writer isn't going to
give SA native Haley Scarnato any love in this blog, unlike our daily
endless devotion to the hot pants-wearing gal.) I just wonder if the
rest of America has grown tired of the show since they haven't produced
any worthwhile talent. I'm willing to give this Cook guy a chance.
Following his win, I searched online and found he had performed one of my
favorite songs of all-time; it wasn't the best …
but I give him credit for trying.
I'd think American Idol
has maybe two more seasons left in 'em before America turns on the
show. Instead of focusing so much on the seriously insane auditions
(which gain the highest ratings), maybe more attention should be paid
to how amateur singers are being molded into pop-stars of tomorrow.
Yeah, we're pretty jaded about the premise of the show — when
they give us someone that isn't a cookie cutter "singer" then you won't
hear us complain anymore.
Also, be sure to check out New York magazine's Vulture
blog today. Their in mourning since the other David
(Archuleta) didn't win.
Will American Idol ever
have obsessive fans such as this one in the future?