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#1 of 1270 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted January 05 2008 - 01:55 PM

The commercials are running, it's listed on my DVR, so I guess it's time for this season's Idol thread! It debuts a week from Tuesday. You feelin' it, dog? I'm ready.

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Posted January 06 2008 - 08:04 AM

I never vote, but I'll be watching, especially when they're on the small stage with the full band (my favorite part of the show). I don't know what that stage of the show is called, but I think it's Top 24 that perform there, working down to the Top 12 that go on to the big stage with a full audience. I absolutely hate the "worst of" stuff, but I know of no easy way to skip all that stuff and get to the real singers, so I trudge through it each season.
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Posted January 06 2008 - 08:53 AM

it'll be interesting to see what the press coverage is like since Reuben and Taylor Hicks have been dumped from their labels. And for all Simon's "that's Broadway" critiques, a lot of the top folks have found work on Broadway.
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#4 of 1270 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted January 06 2008 - 01:55 PM

I first started watching last season, so it's kind of odd to think that the core group has been chosen and some of them are about to become household names. I just wish the judges would make a solid effort to keep the joke contestants like Sanjaya out of it. Would ratings really suffer if all 24 seemed viable out of the gate?

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Posted January 06 2008 - 03:28 PM

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Would ratings really suffer if all 24 seemed viable out of the gate?

I don't know, but if you stick around this thread, you'll hear some folks say they only watch the beginning to see the "wort of" contestants, then they tune out. I see similar comments all around the net. I have no idea how prevalent such viewership is. I'd think ratings increase as the season goes on. On the other hand, I'd think they'd drop the worst of stuff if it wasn't selling.
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Posted January 06 2008 - 03:45 PM

I don't mind seeing morons in the audition episodes, but I'm talking about people actually selected by the judges to go on to the competition. Some of these people, it's hard to believe they weren't picked just so the audience would have someone to root against. Joke contestants. If that's true, I wish they would cut down on that and try to find 24 people who, at first blush anyway, seem like they could go on to the end and not make a joke of the proceedings.

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Posted January 07 2008 - 06:21 AM

IIRC, Sanjaya didn't really suck until they got to the viewer-vote rounds.
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Posted January 09 2008 - 09:31 AM

I read recently that a new "twist" this season is the contestants will be allowed to provide "accompaniment" but I don't know if it was for the initial try-outs or for the whole season. It also said that the focus on guest coaches will be cut back this season.

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Posted January 09 2008 - 09:34 AM

That sounds interesting, though it could give an edge to those who can play an instrument.

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Posted January 09 2008 - 10:04 AM

Too bad about the guest coaches -- the cool ones were really fun.
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Posted January 09 2008 - 10:11 AM

I really hope a rocker goes a long way this year -- last year was terribly boring, and yet I somehow couldn't quit watching!

#12 of 1270 OFFLINE   Mikah Cerucco

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Posted January 09 2008 - 12:56 PM

Canadian Idol allowed instruments this year and I enjoyed some of the performances from the acoustic guitar players.

Dwight Eon - Kiss From a Rose (Seal)
3 guys - Listen To The Music (Doobie Brothers)

I don't remember how far into the competition they used the instruments, but I have no trouble seeing someone like (for instance) Bo Bice giving even better performances with their "crutch".
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Posted January 10 2008 - 04:24 AM

I watched the entire season of Canadian Idol again this year (I maintain it's a superior show to the American version...), and the performers were allowed to use intruments for the entire season. However, only a handful chose to employ them, and even then they weren't used every performance. It seemed to be that if the song had a cool solo (like Smooth, performed by Dwight D'eon) or just plain sounded cool with it (like the above mentioned Listen to the Music, performed during the group day), then an instrument would be use.

All in all, only a handful of perfomances had guitars or piano played by the performers, but they were enjoyable nonetheless.

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Posted January 10 2008 - 06:25 AM

I don't think I'll be following it this year, eventhough Melinda looked like a turtle, and her shocked impression after each performance when she got the praise was a little tiresome. Not feeling it this year.
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Posted January 15 2008 - 07:56 AM

How long do the audition episodes last? Two weeks? More?

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Posted January 15 2008 - 09:23 AM

Hahaahahahah, are you kidding, we are in for auditions for weeks on end, dude. Posted Image Don't forget, there's the WGA strike to help make Fox the American Idol All Day All Night network.

Fox will milk America Idol for the next 4.5-5 months. Consider that they will have 12 finalists, that's 11-12 weeks, and then another 6-7 weeks of auditions and other vote-off rounds among the final 24 contestants.
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#17 of 1270 OFFLINE   EricSchulz

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Posted January 15 2008 - 10:58 AM

Personally, I can't wait for THE most entertaining part of "American Idol": Hanson Yoo's comments/recaps following each show once the competition REALLY starts!

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Posted January 15 2008 - 11:05 AM

BTW, it's 4 weeks of auditions (8 frikkin' episodes of auditions) and then the Hollywood episodes to pare it down to the 24, and then the vote to get down to 12, and then the weekly eliminations. Damn, that's a lot of milkage.
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Posted January 15 2008 - 11:32 AM

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BTW, it's 4 weeks of auditions (8 frikkin' episodes of auditions) and then the Hollywood episodes to pare it down to the 24, and then the vote to get down to 12, and then the weekly eliminations. Damn, that's a lot of milkage.
This will be the first season in which I don't even watch the auditions. I just don't find the show as entertaining as it was 3-4 years ago.

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Posted January 15 2008 - 12:08 PM

Good grief, AI meets the Biggest Loser was the first audition. The producers don't leave any stones unturned, do they?
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