American Idol Begins Tonight
Ah, yes, it's finally here, fans. The day you've all been waiting for. Simon will be making fun of hopeless, yet optimistic contestants. Randy will repeatedly say "dog". Paula will be offended at the cruelty of Simon's comments. Ryan Seacrest and his ever-present smarminess will envelop the homes of millions of Americans. A few great singers will come out of the woodwork and bring great joy to viewers. It's American Idol, folks. At this point, we all know exactly what we're getting. The formula is in place and, unlike other reality shows, there are no twists of consequence. We will get to know a group of talented hopefuls, watch them as they progress through various states of judging and voting. We will all have our different favorites, those we inexplicably root against, and those who we can't believe are still in the competition.
American Idol, love it or hate it, is truly a community event. What it has turned into transcends the mere viewing of a television show. It is a multiple month extravaganza that creates stars and celebrities. If former American Idols became failures after their appearances on the show, the impact of the show would be severely lessened. However, this has not been the case. Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken...all have achieved at least a modicum of fame. Last night, former Idol Jennifer Hudson won a Golden Globe award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in the musical Dreamgirls. If there was any doubt that Idols could make it in the entertainment business, it has certainly been erased. So, when you're watching American Idol's premiere tonight, keep your eyes open. The next big thing is probably there, overwhelmed and auditioning for Simon, Randy and Paula. -Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer