Let me say, first off, that J.D. winning last year was agonizing for me. I hated him from the beginning, and I hated him even more in the end. It wasn't just his arrogance, I honestly didn't think he was the best performer.
But I'm not the type to look at a result and let it blind me to the entirety of a reality show. The honest truth is "Rock Star" was a great show, and superior to just about any season of American Idol. Yes, even the one with Kelly Clarkson, although she herself kind of bucks the trend in terms of the winners not exactly outshining the contest.
So, J.D. victory aside, the inherent lameness of "Dirty Vegas" aside, the sometimes annoyingness of Dave Navarro and his "I'm too cool" attitude aside, it was a great show. A show, which unlike A.I., doesn't usually pull punches with its music, and which values showmanship and a total performance vibe just as much as how "trained" someone's voice sounds. a show where understand music in it's entirety--especially how to work closely with musicians is important. A show where they actually ask you to WRITE (although I hated Dirty Vegas at least I admit it wasn't bad for something knocked off quickly). In other words, a show where Christopher Daughtry might have had a shot (although heh... he actually DID apparently try out for Rock Star and didn't make the cut...).
So lets count the ways... how does "Rock Star" kick Idol butt?