The judges on American Idol were dead-on with their critiques tonight when they told the Idol-wannabees that they were dull and playing it safe.
The word “bland” would be too kind. The problem with a platform like American Idol is that it has the ability to thrust empty-headed parrots on to pedestals. (Sorry to all of the seed-eating bird brains who are offended by the comparison. You, my winged friends, actually deserve your pedestals up out of a cat’s reach.)
Let’s use Scott MacIntyre’s lite FM ready version of Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” as an example. He got praise for his vapid rendition of the classic ballad. Giving that performance high marks says to kids that success is all about window-dressings.
Billy Joel was influenced by Ray Charles and Paul McCartney. What happens when you take away that grounding? Billy Joel one step further removed from R&B or Rock and Roll equals Celine Dion.
Even in this digital age, copying a copy reduces quality! And what is the problem with that? In the words of Simon Cowell…
“Your personality is being sucked out of you…We have to stop this!”