Re: It's Official: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler Join Randy Jackson
Originally Posted by TopCatDC;4066848;
- Permanent Mentor - Jimmy Lovine: Wow! The chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M is going to mentor the kids every week. He will be able to gradually develop them the way a label would. Much better than getting random "advice" from Miley Cyrus.
I wonder if they're trying to emulate Simon Cowell's show The X-Factor? (see my other thread)
No Theme Weeks / Contestants Always Perform Their Genre: Actually, I liked the way the themes challenged contestants and showed their versatility and/or their musical intelligence. At least until last season in which every contestant floundered outside their own style and no one tried to radically reshape a song.
I'm with you. I liked the different genres because it forced the contestants to get creative and out of their comfort zones. The best contestants rose to the challenge and fused the genre with their own type of music--think Daughtry, Adam Lambert, and David Cook.
This season, if they get a batch of mediocre contestants, then heaven help the show. It could turn into one long, boring concert...
The one thing that concerns me from the press conference is the overall sense that, in order to be a success, Idol should be producing a Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson level star every year. If that is the goal, then they need to drop the audience voting and let an expert panel pick the winner.
I've never considered post-Idol success as the goal. I think people vote on how they perceive the contestants during the competition. Someone might potentially be the next Justin Beiber, but if they flub their song then they risk going home.
Either Idol is primarily a reality TV "singing competition", or it's a pop star factory. But one will have to yield to the other. (Unless the producers intend to "guide" the competition results toward their preferred multi-platinum winner. But they have fallen on their face when they've attempted such shenanigans in the past.)
Key unanswered question: Who is coming in to replace Ricky Minor & Company?
Interesting observation. The progenitor of Idol in the UK, "Pop Idol," died after a few seasons. My husband is British and he says that while they did have a couple of big stars for a while, he can't even remember those singers' names now.
I think the success of Clarkson/Underwood/Daughtry raised unrealistic expectations in the viewing audience. Now they expect to have that kind of star break out every season, and so naturally, they're disappointed. I think given this kind of pressure, the show should focus on grooming pop stars.