|most of these people need to hear what only Simon seems willing to say: they suck (or they're only mediocre singers) and they need to think about pursuing something else.|
Do you really buy that? Nobody else is willing to tell them they suck? That's why they made it to the point of embarassing themselves on national TV? Either the producers didn't hear the suckiness or were "unwilling" to break the horrible news to these people that they suck? EVERYONE who wants entry will get their Simon, Paula, and Randy moment?
Let me present to you an alternate universe. In that universe, people apply for American Idol, get heard by someone whose job it is to weed out obvious non-talent, and pass on only those who would be allowed to sing at, oh, say Karaoke night. From THAT list, the judges decide who gets to go to Hollywood.
Of course the problem with that is you end up with lukewarm comments like, "it was just OK" and such, not "You are the worst singer I've ever heard."
Let's face it. There is no point to this stuff other than America loves to bash. Do the people know what they're in for? I don't much care. I'm not concerned about their decision making procss or delusions. I'm concerned about what it'd say about me to take glee in this modern day psychological equivalent of a public stoning.
This part of the show isn't really for me, but it is
part of the show. As I said, they also show some good singing as well, so I watch it for that. I'll be happy when we move on past this, though.