American Idol -question

squeally dan

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I have a question about the American Idol results show (the 2nd night). They seem to always begin the results show with the most cheesy group performance you could ever imagine. It makes me want to gag. They have been doing it this way for the past few years and theyare still bad. Why do they even do it, and why can't they work something up in a week's time that would be at least slightly entertaining?
 

Phil M

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I haven't watched that show in a few years, but if I remember isn't that segment sort of like a commercial for various products?
 

squeally dan

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They sometimes do the commercial thing but that isn't the same. This is just a live performance that really blows everytime. It usually sounds like a dozen people singing in unison with awful dance moves added in.
 

guitgator

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They sometimes do the commercial thing but that isn't the same. This is just a live performance that really blows everytime. It usually sounds like a dozen people singing in unison with awful dance moves added in.
it alwasy sounds so cheesy because:

1) there are still some really hokey singers left in the group and nothing they sing could sound cool...

2) the keys are never good because males and females ranges are a half-octave apart (testosterone being the culprit here)...so either the chicks are singing too low (usually the case) or the guys are singing too high for their ranges.

3) people who produce tv shows are really "white".....look at the guest artists they choose every year....Barry Manilow, Elton John, Neil Diamond etc. To hollywood producers these people represent "hip"......
 

Guitar Josh

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They've been doing is since the beginning. They are just trying to cater to their bread and butter fans. I usually watch a results show in about 3 mins with the DVR.
 

jiml

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They've been doing is since the beginning. They are just trying to cater to their bread and butter fans. I usually watch a results show in about 3 mins with the DVR.
The glory of DVR, I do the same thing.
 

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3) people who produce tv shows are really "white".....look at the guest artists they choose every year....Barry Manilow, Elton John, Neil Diamond etc. To hollywood producers these people represent "hip"......
Remember the Chevy Chase skits about Very White? "Oh baby....I love myself, so very very much...."
 

JoeB63

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There can't be anything more painful than watching one of those results show with a DVR. I watched last night's in less than 10 minutes. That was perfect.

Those group songs are just time killers between commercials.
 

GAD

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Those group numbers are awful. Good lesson for the combatants in selling out to get what you want!

GAD
 

DGDGBD

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3) people who produce tv shows are really "white".....
:confused: Not sure what "white" has to do with anything. :messedup

I agree with your #1 and #2. I think its also a factor of having to squeeze in something that doesn't require a lot of rehearsal.
 

jumpnblues

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A lot of those kids really are gifted, outstanding singers. It's just too bad the way they have to be packaged and sweetened to the extent they are to make them palatable and entertaining to the "average listener". There's also a "sameness" to so many of them...same inflections, same tendency to do runs or triplets, same hip hop influenced hand gestures, same, same, same. But, that's pop music and that's what brings in the big bucks. And, make no mistake...THAT is the bottom line. My 2 cents.


Tom
 

B Vance

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I enjoy watching the show for the house band. I have been extremely disappointed that they have been hidden this whole time. I have also been disappointed in the quality of the contestants this year. I know they're trying to make a TV show and not necessarily searching for the best singers, but at least fake it for us. Some of the top 36 wouldn't even win Phi Beta Kappa's annual Karaoke Contest Party at fill-in-the-blank college/university.
 

TopDog

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The band is recorded. They are singing to backing tracks. That sucks IMO....

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squeally dan

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I enjoy watching the show for the house band. I have been extremely disappointed that they have been hidden this whole time. I have also been disappointed in the quality of the contestants this year. I know they're trying to make a TV show and not necessarily searching for the best singers, but at least fake it for us. Some of the top 36 wouldn't even win Phi Beta Kappa's annual Karaoke Contest Party at fill-in-the-blank college/university.
Is it the same band as last year? I haven't seem them show the band once. It sounds like karaoke backing tracks.
 
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You are all now officially intellectually DEAD. I cannot believe anyone even remotely associated with "music" (presuming anyone on the Gear Page...oh nevermind; that's too wild a presumption) would watch this phony crap.
Have seen the bumpersticker from years back that said, "KILL YOUR TELEVISION"? It has never been so relevant.
 

DGDGBD

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You are all now officially intellectually DEAD. I cannot believe anyone even remotely associated with "music" (presuming anyone on the Gear Page...oh nevermind; that's too wild a presumption) would watch this phony crap.
Have seen the bumpersticker from years back that said, "KILL YOUR TELEVISION"? It has never been so relevant.
I humbly apologize and bow down to your intellectual superiority, oh great one.
 




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