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Sunday, January 10, 2010

American Idol

Once again it is time for The American Idol, perhaps TV's most deceptively named program.It is deceptive because the contestants are not permitted to pick songs that showcase their talent. The producers want the contestants to sing a diversity of song styles so that when they release albums there are different types of style that make the album more marketable.
A perfect example was the contest with Carrie Underwood when Simon asked if country was the only type of song she could sing.Duh! She was a country singer, what else was expected of her?
Why are there four judges to comment on the performance of the contestants? It is a distraction and unnecessary.Three are more than sufficient.
Lastly, there is the unrealistic voting process that permits the same voter to vote multiple times simply by redialing. To make the voting more realistic, there should be a restriction on the number of votes that can be cast from the same phone as in all other contests on TV.
If the producers don't exercise more realism, there is danger that they will cook the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Do you think my assessment is fair?

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