Controversial post. I get it. The title alone is controversial. And many of you are thinking:
- You must have wanted Scotty to win (it’s no secret: I wanted Pia, Casey, or Lauren to win)
- You must like country music (no, I prefer 90s modern rock as well as pop rock)
So, now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you why this was the best season of “American Idol”, ever.
It had nothing to do with the judges, although Steven Tyler and J’Lo delivered in ways that Paula and Kara could only dream of.
It didn’t have that much to do with the top 13, although they were decent.
This season was great for one reason: less is more.
It’s a principle most people understand, that if you want to produce something of quality, focus on what you do best and eliminate the rest. Sculptors do that. They see something beautiful inside the clay or marble and cut away the rest. Great bloggers do that: they eliminate what would alienate their target audience.
And the producers of Idol finally did that. They focused on “What works best?” and delivered.
More story-telling. More professionalism.
In ear monitors. Better scripts. An actual music producer/record label owner (just look at his credintials on his Wikipedia page).
For once, Idol wasn’t putting the success of the show on the shoulders of the judges nor the shoulders of the voters.
And it worked for them.
Sure, I hated the outcome. Unlike Tom Hanks, I didn’t vote at all. But that doesn’t change the fact that the producers finally got it right. I even cared about the results shows.
So that brings me to some questions: how would you rate this season of American Idol? Good, better, or the same as the rest? If you were a producer for the show, what would you do differently?