Farewell, American Idol!

I’m watching Jennifer Lopez on the American Idol finale…

Does this woman ever age?!?

It’s weird to think that a show that started back when I was a kid is going off the air. 

I was 12 years old when American Idol first came on!

When Kelly Clarkson won, I remember thinking that this show was going to change our culture. 

And I was right…

My 12 year old self at least one good idea. Who knew?

Breaking into the music industry was much harder before singing competitions became big. Now YouTube makes it much easier, yet singing shows are popular. 

Will another show come out? 

Or will The Voice become more popular?

A lot of great singers came from Idol (along with several duds) that are still influencing the music industry. 

Yes, this whole post is me rambling about a TV show…

Just weird to think that I’ve lived long enough to see something phase in and out. 

Probably won’t be the last time. 

The trouble with being famous

I watched American Idol tonight for the first time in about 5-6 years. 

Most of the people auditioning were teenagers around 15-18.

They were good, though, I am shocked that their parents are allowing them to be thrust into the public eye at such an early age. 

No pile of money is retribution enough for the microscope of celebrity status. 

Of course, American Idol is a wonderful way to get discovered as well.

Maybe I should call this post “The Pros and Cons of American Idol”….

Let me ask some questions that I hope do a better job at explaining why I’m not sure how I feel about the whole thing:

  • What motivates someone to seek out the spotlight?
  • Can nationwide approval truly offer validation?
  • Is he or she prepared to pay the high cost of fame?

There’s a possibility that I am overthinking, but these are the questions that came to my mind as I watched the show.