Thursday, April 05, 2007

Getting real with American Idol

I am NOT at all surprised that Sanjaya Malakar is still in the running for the American Idol 2007 title.

Well, this is after all the American IDOL contest, right?

And the Americans have their own perception of what an entertainment idol should be like and in my opinion, heheh ... I have lots of THEM, don't I? And here is the cue to switch off if you don't want to hear about them :-)

Now, (in my opinion) in a show like American Idol, it is of utmost importance that the candidate must be likable enough for the general American public who watches the show to vote him/her in. Week after week. If he or she so happens to be blessed with great vocals, well, that is an ADDED bonus then, isn't it?

Why? Because this is not the American GREAT SINGING TALENT contest, geddit?

And that's what's keeping me glued to this show. See, I don't normally watch TV as you well know, but I thoroughly enjoyed the American Idol because it's pretty interesting to watch how the Americans define "idol". Last year's winner Taylor Hicks was a clear example. And this year, we have Sanjaya to show us again what works (and doesn't work!) for the viewers.

Again, looking at the judges this season, I get the feeling they are getting bored with the contest. Perhaps some of those who have managed to survive the voting process so far was a tad disappointing to them. Perhaps the judges have certain standards they'd like to promote as an "American Idol" and some of those who have survived so far gave them the creeps!

I don't see anything wrong with Sanjaya Malakar eventually making it into the top 5. Why, if the American viewers believe that he personifies all that deserves to be idolised as an American, what is wrong with that?

Sanjaya has the kind of boyish all-American charm reminiscent of decades gone by and coupled with the fact that his looks is so far-off from the standard poster-boy image of a blonde all-American boy makes it all the more real for a non-American viewer like me.

I think that's a great way of saying that the NEW all-American boy or girl can be represented by any American from whatever ethnic background. It defines the great American Dream.

So, in this sense, I think Simon has got the concept of American Idol wrong.

Oh, I forgot. He is after all a British, isn't he?

Thumbs down to American Idol because Americans don't think like the British?



Blogger pablopabla said...

I think they voted Sanjaya because he's get the best looking set of teeth :)

6/4/07 09:16  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

Yes, and the big smile and big hair too, eh? Like Randy said, Sanjaya is in his own zone quite apart from the rest.

By the way, wishing you a Good Friday, Pablo and may you have a meaning Easter celebration with your loved ones this Sunday too! Cheers :-)

6/4/07 14:00  
Blogger desiderata said...

my Malaysian dream, can Voice Out ah?
A femail Blogger like Anak Merdeak becoming first Prime Ministerof NegaraKu. ~~ A(WO)men

7/4/07 13:27  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

Malaysian bloggers esp. females ones are much feared, Desi. Some ppl preferred us to just stay mum(s), eh? Happy Easter mf :-)

8/4/07 18:13  
Blogger H J Angus said...

cik amoi
Happy Easter!

For AI the girls should win this year.
Poor boys are losing out in most fields these days.

8/4/07 18:21  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

Happy Easter HJ and glad to hear from you after a long absence! :-)

Yes, I too think it will be a girl AI this year because they are just too good. But then, those who want to tank the successful programme can easily do so via Sanjaya, eh?

8/4/07 21:27  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

Gosh - J.Lo said on AI today that she likes, in fact loves, Sanjaya! Sanjaya impressed her (and I think even Simon was floored) with his rendition of the Mexican hit song, Besame mucho.

Like Randy said, this is one smart boy who knows how to survive in AI. If he continues to play smart, it'll be pure fun to see him get into the top 5.

11/4/07 22:04  

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