|Cape Cod's own, Siobhan Magnus. Too Weird to Win?Too|
much face hardware?, Too many high notes?
American Idol (begun 2002) This show has done little of value for American Music, but has done much to enrich the pockets of the Fox TV network and it's producers. The show has produced some talented singers (often among the runner-ups) and generated many hit songs, but very little of the music generated from the show or it's artists has been of any great worth.
Originally, the contest focused solely on young solo singers, armed only with vocal talent. In recent years, the rules have been loosened up to allow for some slightly older singers, and to allow singers to play instruments. In recent years , the focus of the voting audience has been to pick the cutest singer, as opposed to the most talented. One thing that always bothered me about the show is that the singers always compete by covering old beaten -to death -songs, but then when these singers actually put out their albums they invariably record mostly new songs usually written by outside writers. Why not have the contestants compete on the show with some of these new songs as well?
Dancing with the Stars (begun 2005 ) Based on a British TV show, they should have called this Dancing with the B-list, since the stars in question are almost never actually A-List stars.....Every year I look at the list of performers and normally about half of the people I have never heard of,or at least could not pick out of a line-up. It doesn't help that the professional dancers are of course unrecognizable, as well ,and that the contestants usually must dress in campy ballroom dancing costume and makeup. . What I like about the show is that many of the contestants haven't actually danced in the past, and thus they are showing a ton of guts to get up there on national TV and possibly make fools of themselves.