“American Idol” returns tonight as Hollywood Week deals out more high praise and soul-destroying rejection. Last week, several favorites got through, but now things are set to get tougher with the apparently pointless group performances.
Tune in tonight for some guilty pleasure, watching solo divas forced to perform with people they don’t know, probably wouldn’t like and whom they’d gladly stab in the eye for a recording deal. Groups week is always good for some gratuitous gloating by us armchair critics.
But “American Idol” producers are making a TV program, not just looking for the next greatest singing star. We can expect all kinds of acts to go through to the studio rounds.
“It’s important we get the mixture right,” says Ken Warwick, the show’s executive producer. “We need the country singer, the rock singer, the middle-of-the-road ballad singer, the little-off-the-wall kid and a couple of stars.” It’s important that Randy, J-Lo and Steve approve a wide range of acts, to keep more people watching, he stated.
So, if you’re mainstream, expect a tougher ride as you’ll be up against more competitors. If you’re quirky and stand out from the crowd, “American Idol” judges will be under pressure to OK you for the later stages to protect their show’s ratings.
Is it fair to reject some contestants because too many similar acts have already gone through? Since the different theme weeks give “American Idol” variety anyway, would you prefer the mix of contestants be manipulated or do you just want the best singers to get through, even if they are all teen pop stars or wannabe rockers?
Who are you supporting for “American Idol 2011″?