Swan Song? Maybe It’s Time for American Idol to Go Home, Too

Did I mention I’m totally sick of American Idol? Maybe you just figured it out with some of the posts I’ve written about it. Got an email from friend JoAnn from which I quote: “I think they should¬†end the show while it still has a smidgeon of respect”. After this year, I agree. It has been mostly boring, judges boring, especially Mariah Carey. Mariah’s irritating at all times. Nicki is sometimes, but at least she’s sometimes entertaining. Singers were boring.

The standout this year was one song. Angie Miller’s “homemade” one. No one can say she can’t sing, or the other girls for that matter. But they don’t make the song matter to me. And if the singer doesn’t make the song matter, I have no desire to listen to it.

I don’t care about range unless they’ve got some soul in it, like Aretha Franklin. None of the songs this year have touched my heart like the one Angie wrote and sang. The rest was just window dressing.

The only person who made the show half-way palatable this year was Jimmy Iovine, who put some backbone into his views. And the best couple of shows were the ones with Harry Connick, Jr.

Even Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest don’t seem to have the spark they used to, even though I love them both. I think the show is burnt out and the people along with them.

I hate to see that because the show used to be so lively and viable. I couldn’t wait for it to come back each year and never missed a show. Now for a couple of years I would get disgusted and refuse to watch after about three-quarters of the way through. I’ve only kept up this year because I was blogging about it.

If there’s a next year, I’ll tune in long enough to see if I still want to tune in. And I may even write about it. But once I’m bored with it, I’m outta there. And my boredom level has been almost overflowing this year. I’ve had to pick “bright spots” or “outrageous spots” to write about. And I get bored with that, too. I could be using the time to do a good book or movie review.

American Idol is old and tired and looks it. Maybe it’s time for it to go home, too.