Wednesday, 09 June 2010
By Sam at Creating Culture
[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers. If you have not seen the American Idol finale and do not want to know who won, please consider skipping this post.]
I watched most of the latest season of American Idol. Of course, since I watched this one, I promptly missed the season finale. In case you are wondering…Lee won.
Here are a couple thoughts on the American Idol phenomenon:Americans want to be famous:
- The allure of American Idol is that you don’t have to do much work, and you can come out of the experience with a tour and record label.
- People really really really want to be on TV. I wonder when the reality television phase will pass and celebrity-status doesn’t matter. My guess is, sadly, never.
- Putting in the hours playing small gigs, building a reputation and establishing a local, regional, and then maybe a national platform seems so 1999. Gimme national now. I’ll wait five minutes for international fame, but I want Tokyo on Tuesday and Dublin over the weekend.Americans want to be told a story:
- Despite my criticism of what Idol represents in our society, it is clear that Americans, for the most part, want to be told a good story
- Lee, the winner, was a paint salesman from Chicago
- Crystal, the favorite for most of the competition, was the rough-around-the-edges and young mom wanting to provide a better (i.e. more wealthy) life for her kid.
- Many of the shows began and ended with telling part of the contestant’s story. It’s great marketing because it works. I want to know why you insist on me texting in to vote. And you better believe when I see their past, you have me sucked in.