I haven't watched this season of American Idol, but it doesn't stop me from thinking about it a little bit. With all the Sanjaya stuff going on right now in this current season of the show, everyone is talking about American Idol and it occurs to me that there is a total disconnect between the stated point of the show and the voting. I feel like if Americans are the jury in the American Idol court they need a strong foreman to remind them of what their purpose is for watching.
American Idol is meant to pick out a star. It is meant to pick out someone who can sing, put on flashy performances, and look good doing it. That's right folks. All three. That way, the winner will have a career when the show is over. That means that America needs to pick someone who they would be willing to see in concert. They need to pick someone whose CD they would go purchase at the store. Anything short of doing that is pure and simple cruelty.
Last season Americans pushed Taylor Hicks all the way to the championship. Now he can't even sell a million copies of his album. What a cruel, cruel joke you all played on him. He thought you were all telling him to make an album that you all would presumably buy. Tens of millions of people voted and told him, "You are the winner! Now go make that album!" as if they were pre-ordering the album to give him a shot at making a stellar music career.
Cue the chirping crickets.
Now, it seems that all you people ever really wanted to do was laugh at the young guy with the gray hair and the "Soul Patrol" as he danced cheesily into votes that never meant what he thought they meant. So, all those of you who have at least half a heart, go do the right thing and pick up that man's awful debut album. You told him millions of times last year that you would and his current sales of around 650,000 mean that a lot of you are mean.
By the way, while you are at the store, see if you can dig up a copy of Ruben Studdard's album because I think you forgot to pick that one up too.
And don't forget this lesson, because I don't know who is even on American Idol this season other than Sanjaya, but I do know that even with all you people voting for him, he would sell about as many albums as William Hung. Don't do this to another contestant.