And now, a happier post, before I go back to e-mail land!
Can I tell you how much I'm loving the contrast of American Idol and Britain's Got Talent this season? First, I've always loved American Idol from the very beginning, and I am totally loving Adam Lambert this season in all his unabashed glam and glory. But Simon Cowell seems to get more and more bored and snarky doing the show, and it seems... tired.
And then along comes Britain's Got Talent, brought to my attention via Susan Boyle, and now I'm totally addicted to that too. But the difference is that Britain's Got Talent is NOT boring. It's not that it's more than singing because I really do love singing and singers, etc. It's that it's brilliantly edited, it humanizes everyone, even the really, really bad people, and Simon Cowell seems NICE. He winks at little kids. He oohs at little kids. He's kind to people. He has facial expressions of ACTUAL JOY. And when you combine a somewhat-nice Simon Cowell along with Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden, plus the brilliant editing, and the hosts, Ant and Dec.... you totally get a show that fills a hole in today's pop culture vortex.
I've often explained to people that the reason I watch American Idol is that it's like a giant cultural vortex that sucks me in emotionally. It doesn't matter if you like low-brow culture, high-brow culture, or something in the middle--you can unite over the television set every Tuesday. Which is how it's been for eight seasons so far.
But now that I've watched Britain's Got Talent, I have a humble request to make to the American Idol producers. You know all that great stuff that's working across the pond? Work on emulating it for Season 9 of American Idol because it can revitalize the show more than anything you've done so far, including Kara, duets, and a "Top 13". See what's working. Let Ryan Seacrest be unscripted, or better yet, get Ant and Dec to host the show. And work on making it fun again. Please.