Thursday, May 26, 2005

The South will Rise Again

Well, the final "real" Reality shows came to an end last night with the crowning of the new American Idol, Carrie Underwood. I have to say that for the first time in my Reality history, I would have been happy for either contestant to win. But, I'll admit as an American Idol geek, I voted quite a few times for Bo (and once for Carrie, just because I liked her).

The interesting thing this season is that the Pop and R&B genres really didn't dominate. We had a season of country and rock and roll, and, as Ryan Secrest would say, "America, you voted." And vote we did - 500 million votes across the entire season. A little country girl from Oklahoma beat out a southern rocker from Alabama named Bo Bice. The future for both of these southerners is quite bright it seems. Carrie would do well to include a duet with Bo on her first release because their harmony together is almost better than their vocals individually.

Pondering the success of this show, given that the best singers aren't always the ones to win, why is it so popular? Aside from the normal Reality show hook, I think the participation factor is huge. I'd love to have a seat in Trump's boardroom. Or vote off someone on Bora Bora from my living room. Only Idol gives us that ownership. Second, I think Idol does something few Reality shows do now -- only have one season a year. What a concept? Sitcoms do it, dramas do it, but most Reality shows squeeze in two or three "seasons" every year. The idea wears thin, and then the thrill is gone. Let's hope the Idol producers keep the thrill going.

4 comments:

Cherie <> said...

I never REALLY got into American Idol, but for some reason I watched this season a few times...Possibly because I thought my friend from a tiny town in Southern IL was supposed to have made it to Hollywood...but anyways, I was really happy Carrie won. I thought she had a great voice, and of course, she supposedly is a church-goin girl. Which, of course, I had to like her for that too ;).

On another note, anyone see the show about Rob and Amber's wedding? It was awesome if ya missed it :)...and I never even watched them on Survivor. lol...

RosieBoo said...

Cherie,
Carrie was on Leno last night and she mentioned that she got her start singing Jesus Loves Me in church. So that was good to hear!

I've taped the Rob and Amber wedding...I'm such a TV geek at times...and haven't watched it all yet...but glad to hear it is good!

Anonymous said...

Don't tell anyone else...but I voted for Bo (Well, I had Troy vote for Bo) twice in the beginning...Shhhh...

RosieBoo said...

Shhh, I voted for Bo 3 or 4 times the night of the finale...and once for Carrie, just to say I voted for the winner. :)