So, here is the American Idol Season 7 Top 24.
As I opined in this recent post, something is smelly in Hollywood. The picture above uses a red lightning bolt to highlight “contestants” who have significant experience in the music industry. Some more significant than others, however HALF of the top 24 are considered veterans by industry standards.
Of course, there is the failed music industry darling, Carly Hennessy Smithson, who actually was at MCA while Randy Jackson was head of A&R there. Now, I ask you, is that not a conflict of interest? Also, what’s with folks who are not American, competing for American Idol? Sorry, don’t mean to be exclusionary, but I thought that American Idol is positioned so sappily by the producers as the contest to find previously unfound American talent that would otherwise not have the opportunity to be “found”.
My theory? (You knew there’d be one…) I think that last season really damaged and de-valued American Idol. So desperate to avoid the jumping of the shark, the franchise has chosen to stack the proverbial deck to ensure a higher quality production and save their flailing popularity. I’m predicting significant backlash on this “underhandedness” as several media outlets are already picking up the story.
Vote for the Worst was the first to uncover the vastness of the plants and continues to follow the story. No doubt, we’ll be seeing more on this as the contest goes on. FWIW, Danny Noreiga is their current favorite. Of course, we saw his audition and then, nada.
It’ll be interesting to see how many of the true unknowns are voted off versus make it through. I find it very interesting that with the exception of my favorite, Amanda Overmayer, a/k/a Harley Nurse of Death (HNOD), that the auditions, backstories, and interviews have mainly been with the 12 plants rather than the 12 unkowns. We have not seen nor heard many of the unknowns, which puts them at a huge disadvantage going into the voting competition.
Hate to be so “Conspiracy Theory”, but I’ve lived long enough to know that nothing is as it seems and when large sums of money is involved it is generally a sham. I get particularly pissed by the blatant misrepresentation of these arrogant Brits who take full advantage of the naivety of most Americans. Well, they ain’t gonna scam this seventh generation American…I’ll watch as long as HNOD is on the show. Once she goes, so do I.
As for their pimpage? Watch for young David Archuletta to continue to be extolled along with Carly, from now referred to as “She Who Will Remain Nameless”. David is a biz veteran after winning Star Search at 12, over four years ago. Imagine the story if he were to win Star Search AND American Idol. Besides, it’s a male year and they’ve never had a YOUNG male winner. (Remember, peeps, I called young woman winner at this stage last year — my Libra Dragon-ness generally does not fail me.)