Here are some theories about why we love the “American Idol” TV show.
The “American Idol” TV show is the ultimate music reality show.
If it were a movie, it might be called “The Showing of Music” or “Musicdom”.
If it were itself a song, it might be titled “Hear Me, Here I Am”.
If it were a tabletop book, it would be all glossy photos, suitable for framing.
If it were a currency, we would all spend it.
The “American Idol” TV show brings a much needed entertainment and distraction into our lives. It gives us so many young people to choose from and to champion that it becomes really hard to pick and choose among them. It gives us choices between such a variety of unique young hopefuls whom we learn to love and respect for their individual personalities and for their amazing pool of talent.
But what will the upcoming 10th season of our favorite musical competition be like without that well known rascal, Mr. Simon Cowell, in attendance? That original American Idol judge whom we loved to hate will be missing this season and we’re not really sure how we will handle it. Will we be glad he is gone? Or will we miss him and wish he were back? Will he perhaps make guest appearances? Will the others on the show talk about him? Who will host Ryan Seacrest banter with since there will be no Simon?
So why do we love the “American Idol” TV show? Is it the excitement? Is it the notoriety? Is it the flash and the glitter?
The “American Idol” TV show gives each of us the ability to dream that we are young again. It gives us the dream that we could be in that same position many of these ‘wannabe singers’ are in now.
It could be us, up on that stage, queing up for each week’s competition, from January until May. It could be us, standing in front of those judges and hearing our names called over the microphone.
It could be us, hearing that thunderous applause from the crowd of well wishers. It could be us, on one of the many trips those American Idol finalists take.
And yes, it could be us, standing up on the very last night of this season’s competition while we hear those historic words, such as 9 former contestants have already heard:
“You, (insert your name here) are the winner of American Idol!”
Previous “American Idol” Winners
Season 9, Lee DeWyze, age 24, Mount Prospect, Illinois
Season 8, Kris Allen, age 23, Conway, Arkansas
Season 7, David Cook, age 25, Blue Springs, Missouri
Season 6, Jordin Sparks, age 17, Glendale, Arizona
Season 5, Taylor Hicks, age 29, Birmingham, Alabama
Season 4, Carrie Underwood, age 21, Checotah, Oklahoma
Season 3, Fantasia Barrino, age 19, High Point, North Carolina
Season 2, Ruben Studdard, age 25, Birmingham, Alabama
Season 1, Kelly Clarkson, age 20, Burleson, Texas
The “American Idol” TV show is seen on the Fox Network and will start it’s 10th season in January, 2011.
We just can’t wait!
“American Idol” website