American Idol: Constructive criticism or pointless insults?

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  1. kimback08 profile image60
    kimback08posted 9 years ago

    Do the judges on American Idol provide constructive criticism to the contestants, or are they just  making pointless insults for the sake of ratings? AND, is anyone else bothered by the way the that Ryan Seacrest pauses when he introduces the show?  "I'm Ryan Seacrest and American Idol!" OH MY....

  2. tia02121 profile image52
    tia02121posted 9 years ago

    I think Paula is totally useless, most of the time. I really think they should just go with the new judge and drop her completely from the show.  The way she drools over the male contestants is disgusting.
    I think 9 out of 10 times Simon is absolutely correct, however, the truth hurts sometimes. 
    The only thing I can say about Randy is,  he is as forgettable as his comments.

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

    I think sometimes they aren't honest enough with some of the contestants. They have to be told in no uncertain terms if they have no talent and are wasting their time. I agree about Paula being useless and that Simon is usually right.

  4. rambo87 profile image60
    rambo87posted 9 years ago

    One of the main reasons people tune into these types of shows is to see people who are rubbish getting slated by the judges so yeh I think it is just pointless slating. As for Paula your right in saying she is useless, I think she must have been hitting the drink or something cause she is a strange lady!!!

  5. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 9 years ago

    Everythign they do on television today is strictly for higher ratings.
    The more crazy and unusual the acts,the more people talk and the higher the viewership.
    More viewers means more sponsor money.

    It's cruel to let people think that they have any kind of chance.

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    Leta Sposted 9 years ago

    Wasn't American Idol finished up a couple years ago?  They are still going?  Hmmm, I NEVER noticed!

    It's ALL useless.  The whole program.  There once were musicians with their own real sound who made it to stardom because they were good or unique.  Now we have music 'crap' turned over to us by 'star makers.'  It's sooo very boring.

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    pgrundyposted 9 years ago

    There are so many programs like this now. The premise is, take some people who are vulnerable, humiliate them, lavish praise on one or two to excuse your sadistic treatment of the rest, then start over in the next episode. That show "The Biggest Loser" is like that, only with weight. My most bizarre and guilty pleasure version of this awful formula was the original "Extreme Makeover" (not the one on now with the houses and the crying). They'd find some volunteer who felt ugly and wanted a ton of free plastic surgery, then show up "surprise!" at the front door and go through this "Oh my god is this person ugly or what" routine, then they'd do every cosmetic procedure in the book on them and have a big "reveal" at the end. What was weird and unsettling was that often the "after" was scarier than the "before." But the whole show was so sci-fi creepy out there!

    You know what else is weird--the very, very fat people and dwarf channel, TLC. Geesh, every other show on that channel is about midgets or people who weigh over 700 pounds.

    We are doomed. Seriously, I even watched the "Extreme Makeover" show so I helped doom us.

    Oh yeah--American Idol? That whole panel is so mean and stupid. big_smile

    1. kerryg profile image86
      kerrygposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I have a massive humiliation squick, so I avoid reality tv like the plague, except for the occasional pre-screened YouTube video like that opera singer on Britain's Got Talent a couple years back. (I do like to see talented people doing well.)

      The funny thing is, a lot of the scripted shows on air right now are really, really good, but they get almost completely overshadowed by all the reality crap and the primetime soap operas like Grey's and Desperate Housewives. Maybe people think a show about humans fighting robots disguised as former supermodels is just more junk, but Battlestar Galactica has had more to say about war and terror and religion and human nature in its almost-5 season run than most of the major news programs combined. And it's not alone.

      I watch Gossip Girl, so there's only so much moral superiority I'm allowed to feel over this, but at least that (and Grey's and DH, in fairness) is written and acted by professionals who are driven - at least in theory - by love and talent for their jobs, rather than pure fame whoring.

  8. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 9 years ago

    I use to watch this one 30 mins show ...cant remember what its called...was a british guy who helped dress guys in style for a reveal so they could have a romantic dinner with their other ... loved that show. I dont like shows that is about humiliating people either...there's enough nastiness just outside our own doors...why bring it on tv tongue


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