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So AI is back. The gong show stuff is always amusing, in its own… - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
So AI is back. The gong show stuff is always amusing, in its own masochistic way. Anyway. Onward. I'm not in love with anyone from this round, though apparently, this is going to be the year of the judges saying, "Dawg, why don't you try a song by _______?" Which actually makes sense, given what they do when they aren't being AI judges. The rocker guy who Simon kept trying to actually give useful advice to really didn't get what he was being told. He had a decent sense of melody, but that fake growly tone is awful--he should listen to people with experience, work on using his own voice instead of pretending to be Chris Daughtry, and come back next year with a better chance. But instead, he's taking this weird stand that refusing to learn means that he's showing integrity. Which pretty much means he's screwed.
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dreagoddess From: dreagoddess Date: January 17th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
SOOOOOO many people do that, though. It's amazing how much pure self-delusion you see on that show. The first few weeks are always a little painful to me, since people off-pitch make my skin crawl. ;) But maybe after he calms down (and especially after he sees himself on the show), he might change his mind.

What's up with Randy this time, though? The way he went after that vocal coach! Even Simon was telling him to lay off.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
And Simon was really enjoying it, too.

Wonder if the coach said something stupid during part of the audition they didn't show (like the part where they made them sing "Kiss"). Maybe the guy pulled something snobby and said something rude about an artist Randy produced? Otherwise, I'm baffled. He wasn't top twelve material, but he wasn't that bad. Certainly not in Cowardly Lion Girl's class.

It's amazing how much pure self-delusion you see on that show.

I know. Didn't anyone ever take any of these folks aside and say, "You know, singing in the shower is fine, and karaoke when everyone is really drunk, but you're not the next Aretha Franklin, and you need to come to terms with that"? The boy who started going on about not being who he was, though, bothered me because he's not altogether without talent, but he's refusing good advice on how to develop it because he's got a self-image thing going on. Culturally, we've made a big mistake by encouraging the belief that listening to people with experience is the same thing as giving up one's personal integrity. A lot of them remind me of the fanfic writers who won't use proper spelling, punctuation, or paragraph breaks because all of those people who suggest they should are just trying to break their creative spirit.

Um, no. Just master the basics of the craft!
dreagoddess From: dreagoddess Date: January 17th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
...I wrote a comment before, but it doesn't seem to have sent. Hrm. Anyway, I was just saying that I wish more of the successful artists would talk honestly about the hard work it took to get there. Most "overnight successes" are anything but. We hear a lot about artistic vision, but not about the voice lessons, vocal coaches, and sheer hard work most of them have to go through.
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dreagoddess From: dreagoddess Date: January 17th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but those are for people who already understand that you have to work. Those aren't the kind of people who go with stars in their eyes on American Idol. ;) I wish some of the pop stars or even past Idol winners would talk more about the hard work aspect. But that's not in their image, so they won't.
ladyvorkosigan From: ladyvorkosigan Date: January 17th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've always assumed that a lot KNOW they suck and are acting as outrageously as possible to get on TV. Perhaps I'm giving them too much credit, but it helps me keep my faith in humanity. :-)
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: January 17th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I felt like the trouble with a good chunk of the auditioners is that they're singing songs that are all wrong for them. The uber-AI fangirl ought to have done some sort of showstopper, not ... whatever she did, with the progressively higher "why"s.

The growly guy. Perhaps not as funny as the Cowardly Lion girl, but very painful. I thought I'd get laryngitis from listening to him. Why are people like that?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked Jewel's approach there: "I'm kind of worried that you're going to hurt your throat!" That was exactly what I was thinking. Ouch!
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