Okay, I admit it.¬† My guilty pleasure is watching American Idol and dishing with friends at work and on the phone the day following the broadcast.¬† It's harmless.¬† I don't hurt anyone.¬† Some of the kids are very talented, and others need to take a hike, but all it really is....is a TALENT SHOW.¬† We've had these for years.¬† It was not a big new idea when it first hit the airwaves, it was, like most things, a reworking of an old idea.¬† Like the way Hollywood makes new movies out of either comic books, or old TV shows.¬†
In school I remember talent shows.¬† They were sometimes remarkable to us, like¬†when the quiet¬†nerd could actually kick ass and did a karate demonstration.¬† Or the brother and sister who wrote and sang cool folksy songs and could play guitars.¬† Or my friend who twirled fire baton.¬† There was always a fun surprise and it was a reason to have assembly instead of another class.¬† That was always a welcomed interruption.
Also TV has had talent shows for years.¬† The one I remember the most was "Star Search" with Ed McMahon.¬† My friend Gene Houck was on the show and won!¬† Nothing wrong with a talent competition.¬† Some of the winners will thrive like Carrie Underwood, and some will fade into the "where are they now" category in the years ahead.¬†
So, here comes American Idol auditions to Portland, Oregon for the first time ever.¬† Okay, how many "Portlandia" types will show up and be goofy for the cameras?¬† How many will flip off the camera after a really rediculous and awful audition?¬† How many traffic hang ups will result because of poor planning on the date of this thing?¬† Yes, it's the same weekend as the big Waterfront Blues Festival, and even though it's across the river, it's always a nasty mess trying to get anywhere on that Friday before the holiday.¬† Here's the press release we got here at the station this morning:
American Idol Auditions Come to Portland for the First Time at the Rose Garden Jul 2Pre-registration Jun 30 ‚Äď Jul 1Who:¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Open call audition for the eleventh season of AMERICAN IDOL
¬†When:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Thu ‚Äď Sat, Jun 30 ‚Äď Jul 2 ‚óŹ Varies
Where:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Rose Quarter ‚Äď Rose Garden
What: ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† PRE-REGISTRATION(Thursday, June 30 & Friday, July 1)
¬†- Wristbands will be distributed to auditioners during pre-registration (tables open Thursday and remain open until Saturday morning).¬† Once auditioners obtain their wristbands, they will be asked to return to the stadium early morning Saturday, July 2 to line up for their audition.
¬†- Available press coverage includes: B-roll, photos, interviews with auditioners, their friends/family members and interviews/photos with an available AMERICAN IDOL producer (pending availability).
¬†- Media check-in for pre-registration will begin at 6:00 AM on both Thurs/Fri. Please note that these times are subject to change.
¬†AUDITIONS(Saturday, July 2)***NO MEDIA IS PERMITTED INSIDE THE VENUE DURING AUDITIONS***
So they want all the media until they get to the actual auditions and that's what we get to see in the first part of the show.¬† When you have the really good with the really bad.¬† I just want someone really great to come out of Portland and win.¬† Hey, why not?¬† Two 16 year old country kids got to the finals last time.¬† I mean REALLY????¬† This time we need a rocker from Portland.¬†
Can you sing?¬† Can you sell it on stage?¬† Then show up and do your city proud!