Joy’s Stages of Life: February 2013: My Favorite TV Show

My Favorite TV Show:

American Idol helps people achieve their dreams!

     American Idol is my favorite TV show because it helps people achieve their musical dreams.  They mostly accept the contestants who hit the right notes.  They reject or eliminate the ones who hit the wrong notes.  They hold auditions every summer before they’re actually on air one year later.   Afterwards, they do Hollywood Week and the other steps of the competition at the Nokia Theatre until we’re down to the final two.  They announce the winner the day after the final two contestants compete.  I may have no interest in competing on the show, but I love watching people singing.  When it comes down to Top 13 or 12, after the show, you can vote by calling 1-866-IDOL, text the number, or go online and vote.  The show makes most of the contestants famous.  The winner, runner-up, and some contestants get a record deal.  

     The most successful winners were Kelly Clarkson, Fantastia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Scotty McCreery, and Phillip Phillips.  The best runner-ups were Clay Aiken, Katherine McPhee, and Adam Lambert.  Other contestants who are  also successful are Kellie Pickler, Jennifer Hudson, and Chris Daughtry.  A contestant cannot have a record deal or work for another music company while they’re trying out for Idol. Otherwise, they’d be disqualified. They would also be disqualified if they had criminal backgrounds or lied about themselves.     

     The first time I watched the show was Kelly Clarkson’s season. I’ve been to every tour concert since then. The host, Ryan Seacrest was hilarious. Personally, I never liked his co-host from season 1, Brian Dunkleman. He was a weird guy. I’m glad Ryan’s solo now.

     In the first seven seasons, the judges were Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell.  Then, Kara DioGuardi came along in Season 8.  Surprisingly, Paula left to pursue other careers.  Ellen DeGeneres replaced her in Season 9.  Afterwards, Simon and Ellen left to do other TV shows.  Kara was probably fired.  Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler replaced them on Seasons 10-11 until they left to pursue other careers.  Randy remained on the panel until J-Lo and Tyler were replaced by Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.  I thought Paula, Kara, and Ellen were mediocre or too nice; Simon was cruel (although he did have a point sometimes), and J-Lo and Tyler were better. Randy has always been awesome.  Right now, in my opinion, Keith is a good judge.  He balances between constructive and deconstructive criticism. I’m not sure if Mariah and Nicki are compatible; although, sometimes, they make good comments. Sometimes, they’re mediocre. In my opinion, three is better than four on the panel.  I never understood why they did four again for the current season.  I’ll see what happens for the rest of Season 12.       

    Singing and playing piano are some of my favorite hobbies. I was in the middle school choir for three years and took vocal lessons once between high school years.  American Idol is quite entertaining. We’ll see how long it will last.  

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