American Idol: Too Much Drama, Not Enough Singing?

American Idol seemed to be more about the drama, than the singing on Thursday night’s show. There were many medical issues featured including Symone Black falling off the stage, contestants who were either not feeling well or those who were so sick they were throwing up into waste baskets.

Like most Hollywood weeks, there was a lot of drama before the group auditions were to be held the next day. We saw contestants desperately searching for a group to join. We had the usual drama we see year after year, of singers wanting to rehearse, while others in the group were more intent on going to sleep for the night.

We saw groups in which the contestants thought the self-appointed leader of the group, was taking them down to defeat, by either the song selection or being forced to sing in way that made them uncomfortable. The cowboy’s group will be an interesting audition to watch, since it  seems like there is no cohesion with the group.

There were the usual contestants having to audition before being allowed to join a group. Remember last season when Scotty McCreery wasn’t good enough for one group, but became the next American Idol anyway.

Some of the contestants were more worried about their own selfish desires than they were about the group. Fox knows the night before group auditions is filled with drama, so they milked it for all it is worth.

There was almost no singing in the show, except for the groups rehearsing in the hotel. Thursday night’s show was a waste to me, since most of the show was focused more on drama among the contestants, than showing us part of the group auditions.

Fox teased us at the end as a group started singing for the judges, but was cut short by Fox so we will have to tune in next week to find out how their audition went.

I can understand that Fox wanted to show some of the drama, that goes on between the contestants, but don’t think most viewers  wanted to see an hour of drama.

Now that we have seen the drama before the auditions, we should see  the groups actually singing in their auditions as the judges whittle down the contestants, to a more manageable number.

Tune in next week, the drama is over and the singing will be the focus again.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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