mercredi, avril 16, 2008

I'm Not A Fan Of Idol, But

For whatever reason last night, I couldn't find the remote, and Idol was on. Well, so was the book I was reading so it was background noise. Mariah Carey was on last night and she was supposed to be "coaching" and providing guidance to the contestants.

Now, Mariah Carey is a Megalomaniac. This is something she has in common with a lot of people, like Russ Feingold, John Kerry, and Joe Biden. Nobody cares about them, but they believe that they are stars. There there dear, I'm sure everyone does like you and you are a size 6.

Anyhow. Back to what I was blogging about. These kids were beside themselves in her presence. And Mariah just lapped it up. It was like breaking into a house and throwing a steak to the rottweiler. Then, these impressionable young people sang to her. She just pet them. No real constructive feedback, no pointers. The closest she came to feedback was"

"if you went a little falsetto at the end, I wouldn't be mad atcha"


Really, this woman, like most government employees, wouldn't last a moment in a world of accountability. Plus, you take away accountability and pressure, people stop trying. I've worked for people who would have her balled up in a corner.

So these kids were on a self-esteem high. Their little eyes all a glitter and a twitter. They get up on the stage and maybe only one of them gets real praise for their performance. Not uncommon on idol, but it was enormously clear that Mariah did not help them or provide any guidance. Who paid for it? The contestants. For many of them it was really clear that they were not taking any risks with their range. Why should they? Apparently, according to Mariah, they should have "kept doin whatcha doing".

Yeah keep listening to her. Someday I'll win American Idol if you do.

PS: Russ, we can see you


Blogger Dad29 said...

Last season I was forced to watch an Idol segment in which the "coach" was Diana Ross, of the Supremes.

That woman gave those kids the finest advice on singing I've ever heard (albeit exactly parallel to or identical to what other great musicians have said.)

She had no ego, no pretense. Just told them to 'sing the text' and 'make the song their own' with some small practical examples.

O Tempora, O Mores!

9:05 AM, avril 16, 2008  

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