American Idol gets Ugly

I haven't watched American Idol the past few seasons but I put it on last night. And I don't know if it got worse, or I got wiser but the show was grossing me out. Overweight folks and as Rosie nailed it on The View this morning, "mentally unstable" contestants were put out there for the judges to mock. And they did so quite cruelly.

Now I know it's a long day and Paula surely deserves whatever she's sip'n from that cup to get through it. But with her three sheets to the wind the good guy/bad guy routine that saved the show from being utterly mean is lost.

What did you think?

19 comments:

me said...

Oh my gosh, you are cracking me up. Jenny from Mamma Drama linked to you, and here I am. I have never been an avid AI watcher, but yeah, I think they should now have a pre screening process, because too many idiots just want to see themselves on tv. And Paula is definitely going to be the next one into rehab, her and Lindsey can share a room.

Dysfunctional Housewife said...

I have to agree with you. Not only does it seem mean, but I always wonder about the validity of these people~ I. mean. really. They HAVE to be fakes! Dear Daughter and I never watch until they have the last finalists, the ones that can actually CARRY a note.

Dawn said...

I gave up watching American whatever!! i hate simon and the people can't even sing!! not That I can sing!!

Kelly O said...

Oi. Usually I love AI, but I want to watch the judges embarrass people who have hubris, not mental illnesses.

Anonymous said...

They DO have a prescreening process. They have a staff that selects who actually goes before the judges. I haven't watched in several seasons, but turned it on for a few minutes last night for lack of anything better on TV after I put my daughter to bed. What makes me mad is that they deliberately choose horrible people to go before the judges just so that they can be mocked. Who cares? I would rather see good people than bad people. I guess after William Hung, they think we want to see the losers. But quite frankly, I thought it a bit depressing. I mean really, haven't some of these people been dealt a bad enough hand in life wihtout being humilated nationally. Then again, I have to wonder why some of these people think they are so wonderful. I don't plan on watching this season either. I'm just waiting for LOST to come back on in February. But I am sorely disappointed that they moved it to the 9 PM slot. I'm pregnant and have a hard time staying awake afet 8 PM these days!

Jenny said...

I'm have a problem watching it too. It's like they rounded up all the autistic kids in town and decided to make fun of them one at a time.

Not cool.

Oh and Paula's not drunk. She's just tired.

And high.

nikki said...

i'm a huge idol fan because i'm a dork like that, but even i was getting seriously irritated.

mommiebear2 said...

What are you people talking about? I LOVE American Idol!! My favorite contestant so far has been the girl who could sing like The Cowardly Lion from Ox. Honestly, I have been trying to figure out how she does that and have tried a few times, only to sound like I am choking or drowning. :)

mommiebear2 said...

Duh, I meant Oz....

jen said...

Last night was the first night I have ever watched the show and I was horrified. I could not believe how mean they were to that guy and to others. I noticed they let the horrible singers go longer and then just mock them.
I will never watch it again really. I was wondering if it's always been that way...but I guess some people have been saying this season is really mean.
I would never let my children watch it either. I mean what is that teaching people? To openly make fun of others and then cut them up when they leave as well? It was sick...

Lotta said...

Me - Well at least she looks good right?

Kelly O, Dys and Dawn - Seattle did seem to be filled with some poor singers I must say. But as Dys said, hubris is funny not mental illness.

Anon - Maybe my recall is bad but I remember the judges indulging Hung. Like they thought he was cute. They tore this poor redheaded special kid a new one. His cheeks were flaming red and he was trying not to sob. Horrible.

Jenny - Wish I were that tired right now.

Niki & Mommie - Maybe I'll tune back in later when they are done picking on the 'touched' singers.

Jen - I actually turned it on thinking it would be a good show for my son to watch. Singing and whatnot. Not!

Anonymous said...

I don't know, I think there is something to be said for letting everyone try. Besides I thought the bush baby was cute!

republicans suck said...

I will no longer watch the show. It was turned from being funny to down right malicious. While it's true that some of the contestants may realize that they can't sing, there is no justification for the humiliation that the judges place on some. And to tell a pereson they look like a bush baby is just apalling.

We are all talking about it, but if the ratings don't fall or quiver nothing will happen to change the way they humiliate the people. I find their LA attitudes too snobbish and will not tune in anymore, I just wish more people would change the channel during this audition process.

Jia said...

I totally agree! Watching it was just painful! And when that tall girl sang beautifully and Paula and Randy just kept mocking Simon so he couldn't properly critique the poor girl, I was annoyed. And then he called her a giraffe. I like the show, but only once they get to the top 12 or so.

Red Rollerskate said...

I have to agree. Lame, lame lame.

Be Inspired Always said...

Oh god I watched it last night. 7 people out of what? 2000 made it to Hollywood from Seattle.. shhesh that is horrible.

I use to like the audtions, but I think this year I'll wait until the finalists are up there. IT's so painful to watch people just tear other people down.

The people who go on the show just to make a fool out of themselves is pointless.

Jillian

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Did anyone else notice that the contestants were wearing different clothes in the montage? I completely realize this will firmly cement my seat at the loser table, but I noticed that when the true weirdos sang for the judges, they were dressed one way. But, then when they did the montage of the Pussycat Dolls song, the same contestants were in different clothes. I found that quite odd. I LOVE me some American Idol! However, I thought Simon calling that guy a bush baby was extreme! Poor thing, he did look a little bizarre! I liked his spunk, though!

yerdoingitwrong said...

I agree, I agree, I agree. They are pretty vicious. I like what Rosie said, too. Maybe instead of showing all of the humiliation they could show some of the 'pretty good' people. It's getting hard to watch! AND Paula resembles a train wreck.

QueenieBadd said...

I thought the same thing watching it-it's really beyond mean that they intentionally let through some people who they know will never make it past that point-just for a laugh. Because it seems like a lot of the people they let through really DO think they might make it. It's just cruel.