American Idol has been a television juggernaut for Fox. It sweeps in the ratings – it’s been a cultural mainstay for eight seasons. Nine? American Idol has been idolized – replicated and made into a formula to which we are all familiar: three judges watch crazy people that really think they’re good but aren’t. We laugh at their shocking lack of self-awareness (like we did with Sarah Palin), then the judges say mean things and Americans feel better about themselves for never trying.
Then the second half of the season, really talented people cry and say how bad they want to win in all their private interviews.
Bring on the product integration!
Now that it’s happened, it seems like it was only a matter of time. These people are being mocked nationally for nothing more than ratings, our national sense of smugness and a overwhelming desire to tell untalented people off. It’s like that line from Sunset Boulevard “You don’t yell at a sleepwalker – he may fall and break his neck.”
Will they stop using random unpaid fragile crazy people and just stick to having their regular celebrity fragile crazy people?