Friday, May 26, 2006

Greatest Show on Earth

I'm not about to mince words - The American Idol finale last night was two hours of the greatest television I have ever seen.

To organise a show of that length and breadth, with that many numbers, guest stars and costume changes and to do so in a week is nothing short of incredible.

The only suggestions I would have had for it would be:
Medley of all the guest stars during the year ie Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Some guy pretending to look like Kenny Rogers
Medley of all the previous American Idols ie Kelly, Rueben, Fantasia and Carrie
Paula doing a song and dance with Randy on bass.
Anything I missed?

Many reality TV show conclusions just wind down to the final results not AI. It began as a spectactular concert and there were so many twists and turns you didn't know what to expect next. It was part variety show, part class reunion. Everyone appeared to be a good sport on stage, of course we don't know what happened backstage or who they tried to be part of the show and said no.

With everyone on a high by the end, the announcement just sort of came and went.

And that is the other big difference with AI. Most other shows are an end to themselves. But even if you finish 8th or 4th you still have your foot in the door to a potential career. Chris you would say is pretty assured of future success and you would say the same for Paris and Elliott.

Idol could have suffered from fifth year blues but it has banished them and now the king of not just reality TV but American TV. It has so much power and clout that it wouldn't beyond the realms of possibility that stars such as the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Madonna or Paul McCartney appear on it.

In the early years there was some backlash - that its just a talent quest. But not now. They clearly have the respect of the music world and the depth of this year's final 12 is testament to that. Where else could someone like Chris got a chance? How about Mandisa?

Luckily, any post-Idol depression will be forgotten to the re-emergence of Entourage.

You ready to hug it out, bitch?

8 Comments:

Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

not a fan of reality TV, never understood the pull. Maybe u can explain it.

Shabbat shalom

J.

BTW, got the book and I'll try and get it to you on Sunday.

12:34 PM  
Blogger kasamba said...

It's so cute that you guys know each other!

9:18 PM  
Blogger kasamba said...

PS I emailed you BTW!

9:25 PM  
Blogger Chayal Gibor said...

im loving the entourage shout out...good stuff dog.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

kasamba,

Many of us in the J-blosphere try and meet up now and again.

I didn't know dot co dot il until we met a few weeks ago.

J.

1:20 AM  
Blogger kasamba said...

Cool!!!

2:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm soooo ready .....

9:47 AM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

omg i love chris
i can only admit to this because i blog anononymously..
but
i
love him!

4:02 PM  

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