I already sang the praises to the concept of American Idol. However, I did mention that the execution of the show sometimes leaves a little, or even a lot, to be desired. This refers to the “dreaded Hollywood week” (as it as called in a very clichéd way all across the media), which was on last night.
First, I refuse to understand why contestants are forced to waste so much time trying to form a group for the group round, which leaves them less time to rehearse, keeping them up all night and then adding to the drama on the day of the performance. I guess one might argue that drama is what reality shows are all about, but come on, be reasonable – it is genuinely tiring to watch those poor kids try to find a group for half an hour. To make it worse, producers suddenly announced that each group has to consist of Day One and Day Two contestants, so that no group can consist exclusively of Day One-ers and thus possess the advantage of an extra day of rehearsals. Don’t get me wrong – I do think it’s only fair, but how hard is that to announce this rule in advance, so that the already formed groups wouldn’t have to stress out over getting a Day Two member? Again, this unnecessary drama is not that fun to watch.
I propose a fun experiment for the next Idol season: divide contestants into groups of, say, four or five, randomly, using a computer after the first Hollywood round is over – no switches (unless there is an emergency – there would have to be some rules, of course) or complaining permitted. There will be plenty of drama as contestants that don’t necessarily get along so well, or just very different contestants who never met before, will be forced to work together. And, most importantly, everybody will have exactly the same amount of time to practice and rehearse, so no more blaming a bad performance on the lack of time, etc. Perfect solution, yes?
The concept of proper practice and rehearsal brings me to my second complaint, namely: what the hell is going on with the lack of space for contestants to practice?! Idol is one of the biggest shows on American television, with, I’m sure, more than decent budget, and yet it proudly announces year after year that it is difficult for groups to even find a spot to rehearse without being disturbed by other groups or being in a restroom or a parking garage (yes, I’m talking about last night’s episode). How hard is that to provide each group with a space for rehearsals?! I’m sure there are plenty of rooms in the hotel (or whatever it is) they do the Hollywood week in, including the spaces every hotel has, like conference space and other huge rooms that can be easily divided so as to many groups can use the same space without disturbing each other. Seriously, Idol creators – do something about this nonsense!
Other than that, loving this season so far. Maybe Steven Tyler can try and be more coherent, and/or look like he’s not high all the time, but even those things haven’t started to really annoy me yet. Really curious to see who makes it to the final round!