Tuesday, January 30, 2007
This is the 6th season and we have all come to expect the same routine through the audition process. So far the 3 judges have served up slightly more arrogance and heartless remarks than ever before although they commented that they are not being any crueler than previous seasons. So in that respect how can one view this season for further improvements... well this is my take:

Let the Dawg be the Dawg. I love the grouchy, self-aggrandizing Randy Jackson who’s worked with every artist in the known world and who so shuns actual musical theory that he has devised his own music vocabulary for the show. He shouldn’t try to “impress” us with things like “proper grammar” or “actual words” or “lines of thought.” We want the “dudes.” We want the “dawgs.” We want the “dope.”

Let Paula be Paula. No one likes a sober, coherent Paula Abdul. When it’s week four of the finals and all the contestants are butchering Randy Newman song after Randy Newman song, the prospect of a quote from Paula like, “Sometimes when I’m a princess in…where…smoky banjo,” is all we have to keep us tuned in.

Let loose the Seacrest. It’s been said that it seems like Seacrest is auditioning for a spot on “The Office” with all of his pregnant pauses and eye rolls (I’m thinking he’s got his fingers crossed for Pam’s part). I miss the talky spin doctor who is the glue that holds the whole darn mess together. And I’m sick of the T-shirts. You’re Ryan Seacrest. Suit up, for Pete’s sake.

Let the contestants sing duets (at least one week). That’s the exact sort of thing that makes for great drama on Nigel Lythgoe’s other, far superior brain trust, “So You Think You Can Dance.” It would also open up our “Idol” world to a whole wealth of new songs and it would be a great way to mix things up during the top 24 round.

Tell Simon to quit phoning it in. His quips have gotten stale. We should all play a drinking game for whenever Simon says “cabaret” or “Broadway” or “old-fashioned” or “Portuguese dinner theater.” Hopefully he’ll come back all fresh and sparkly when the show is live again with fresh, new phrases like “Malaysian dinner theater.”

What are your thoughts? I know it’s really difficult to improve on the well-oiled machine that is “American Idol”, but if you were in charge for a day, what would you do?


posted by Daryl W.T. Lau at 15:32 |