I happened to catch last week's episode(s) of "Fame" and was desperately disappointed.
I was hoping for something akin to a Broadway-style audition...
but the standards were ridiculously low.
I was more embarrassed for the judges and kids than anything else.
None of the kids, save one or two, indeed had the "whole package".
The singers (what few there actually were) couldn't dance. And the dancers could barely sing.
The guys were superior to all the girls-- vocally, at least.
The one bright spot was the intro to the first "real" episode where all the kids came on stage and did a little ditty/dance ("my name is...and i came to work")-- then I thought this show was pretty cool and totally different from "american idol" (which was a vocal contest/america chooses who goes/there's little coddling/the voice and the X factor will get you everywhere).
But the first contestants were dreadful. It was embarrassing to be a viewer.
Fatone is a cordial guy, but an awful host. *shudder*
I loved this season's "american idol"- it was a ton of fun and plenty of talent to boot.
"Fame" has more aesthetically pleasing contestants (the girls are plenty hot, i guess-- that seems all most of them having going on) and they move around on stage well-- but...it just makes me *shudder*. It has had cool moments, but mostly it's...ghastly.
I could be wrong and I mean for my tone to come out as ligh-hearted and contemplative-- not nasty.
I'm not dogging the kids or anything-- just...the show seems so vapid. Maybe the talent was all-round better this week-- I missed it.
My older sister and I are very generous with our praise and openness (I voted for Josh Gracin for more than a few weeks on AI2, I admit it...and even saw unique potential in Carmen's voice...etc.)...we were uncomfortable and even horrified by the debacle that was last week's "Fame"...
it reminded me of last year's AI...come to think of it...pretty people, marginal talent (save Tamyra, Kelly, Justin maybe one or two others...maybe)...
so there's hope yet... AI 1 & 2 had its share of marginal talent and glitches-- but somehow it pulled it off and was truly fun TV, truly uplifting despite everything (especially season 2).
Is it just me?