We all love American Idol. We love seeing the preliminary auditions (mostly for the ones who can’t sing) and we also love seeing raw talent ultimately blossoming and coming into their throughout the course of the show’s season. We’ve seen them high and we’ve seen them love, and even though not all of the ones we love the most get to become the American Idol, that show has greatly contributed to seeing many dreams come true, thereby, inspiring more and more people to go after their goals.
American Idol sort of reminds me of a show that I like to call its predecessor, Popstars. In the beginning it involves doing a preliminary audition for the sole purpose of allowing the judges to see if you have enough talent for a singing career. With American Idol, you have to go through the hours of waiting until you name is called and then it’s you against the three judges. It’s in that moment that you realize you fate is in their hands and it’s make it or break it time. Nerves get the best of some and other shine on, making it through the other stages of the competition.
When it comes time or them to go to Hollywood, that’s where a lot of the drama unfolds because that’s when a lot of them are working together and competing with each other at the same time. Unfortunately tempers get high and performances suffer in the process. It’s hard road, if you want to be involved in this singing competition and the Hollywood week is perhaps the most difficult time the contestants have to go through.
What I love about the entire process is how hard they all work because it shows how much they really want to make singing a career and is willing to do whatever it takes, no matter how hard it is.
As the competition progresses, one of the main things the contestants have to remember is how to properly choose their song selection because a song can either make you or break you. They have to choose a song that gives them a bit of a challenge but also one that they can execute perfectly all while making the song their own. It’s definitely not always easy, and many is the time we’ve all seen a song selection cause a contestant to get voted off each week. A hard lesson to learn, but one that didn’t necessarily have to break their career either.
Sometimes a season of American Idol is a bit cornier than other seasons, and personally, I’m not too crazy about the 2014 season. Sometimes the contestants don’t connect with you enough to want to watch the show every week. Nonetheless, American Idol is a great show, and I think it’s the best one out of all the other singing competition shows.
It’s hard on everybody, the singers, and the fans to see their favorite one get eliminated, yet it’s part of the show that can’t be avoided. In some way, it may be more difficult than hearing a not-so-good critique from the judges, because what the judges tell you are simply tips on how to make each performance better, while an elimination feels like the end of the road. The overall impact on eliminations are feelings of a sudden loss. Ultimately those eliminations are simply meant to be, not because you won’t make a career out of singing, but that it simply wasn’t meant to be that you win the show. Life does go on.
Despite the many infamous eliminations, many of the past contestants have gotten great exposure and became stars among the other A-listers in Hollywood. Jennifer Hudson is one the most famous contestants that hailed from the American Idol stage that got eliminated early on. This shows that even if you don’t win the show, you can still make a great career because you’ve worked hard and have proven yourself. At the end of the day, going through the entire process of getting to the famous American Idol stage is all worth it.