So the final 12 contenders in this year of our Lord 2006 performed for what has to be the top reality show ...ever. Which would be Fox's American Idol series and this year is the fifth competition. A quick span of the sponsors of this contest included Wendy's, Kohls, Ban deodorant and Ford. Of course there's plenty more sponsors and goodness knows AI has its share of commercials.
Fox has figured out how to milk this annual competition for every dime. Who would have thought of having the very tryouts as feature for the series? Yes Fox did and add in a few of the really bad who thought they could win but had not a chance, and you've got a human interest story with a bit of whimsy. Move on to the countdown to the final top 12 and again, milk it some more.
Add to the commercial airtime, the revenue from the albums, some tours across the country, American Idol toys, gadgetry and icons, and boom, money pours in. Yes it's undaunted American capitalism and may it reign until the public grows tired and spends no more. The way this competition grows in terms of public interest each and every year I believe that the American Idol competition will become part of the very fabric of American life.
Soon, each and every song played across the air waves and on the podcasts will be sung by American Idol finalists or winners and before blinking an eye, this country will have an entire industry of musicians all "elected" by the American public. By me, this is way preferable to the nepotism and 'luck of the draw' method of our current singer recruitment methodology. If Liza Minelli weren't Judy Garland's daughter would she be anything beyond a receptionist at a used car dealership? How soon do you think a singer of Liza's ability would have been kicked off of American Idol?
Enough with the musings, we move on to the top twelve 2006 American Idol.
At this point in the competition the contestants do not have the luxury of choosing their own songs. Indeed, in keeping with the hype as flamed by Fox, another element is added to the entertainment by the introduction of famed singers as they coach the AI contestants with their songs and prepare would-be Idols to perform them live. On Tuesday evening, 3/14/06, the famed singer was Stevie Wonder and there's an irony in that so many of the contenders chose Wonder songs when they had a choice.