Here’ an interesting item from the Hollywood Reporter. An American Idol alum penned an anonymous piece about how he/she would fix Idol. I wonder who it could be? Hm? My guess? Shirley Halperin pal, Blake Lewis. What’s your guess?
The short of it, anonymous alum thinks the show should: 1. Get mean again. 2. Bring some flash 3. Freshen up the format:
Simon went easy on me for the most part, but when I did get berated, it was no fun. I took his comments with a grain of salt because, while Simon had his own track record, it’s not like he discovered Led Zeppelin. You’re talking about a guy whose model was based on putting lukewarm singers together and packaging them into big product, then making millions from force-feeding the public into believing they’re good acts. He obviously knew the show, and I listened to him in that respect, but it’s a lot different when you’re taking criticism from a Steven Tyler — if he were to offer any. And there’s the problem: Everybody needs support, but the harsh reality is, if these acts want to be in this business, they’re going to have to get a few lashings. To regain credibility, Idol needs critical feedback from the judges and critiques that are spot-on.