Missing Idol’s Finale for Cirque du Soleil!
This year was the first time I’ve ever missed Idol’s Top 2 Finale, and I’ve been watching since Season 1.
Of course, I don’t care. I’ve been so underwhelmed by the talent popping up on the show that I couldn’t even be bothered to record it on my DVR. Instead, I went to the circus! 🙂
Seeing Cirque du Soleil perform Michael Jackson’s Immortal World Tour was a long time coming. I received the tickets as a birthday present, and I was finally able to attend the show. It definitely lived up to all my expectations and beyond.
Let’s put it this way: Michael Jackson’s Music + Cirque du Soleil = Magic! Imagination! Mind-blowing Awesomeness!
I haven’t seen such things on Idol since David Archuleta (who of course never needed all the razzle-dazzle pedazzle that the likes of Cirque and MJ have relied on to entertain the masses, but still: pyrotechnic-meets-acrobats-meets-greatness makes for magnificence).
What was really amazing to me during the 2-hour plus show was how the more simple performances turned out to be my favorites.
Like, the “Human Nature” piece, which included high-flying trapeze artists spinning in the air, only detected through lights illuminating their bodies, as they danced against the backdrop of deep space.
I tell ya, I was moved unspeakably to tears, it was so beautiful. The entire concept, beginning with our clown M.C. stand-in as MJ doing an amazing breakdance popping number while the digitized screen imagined his inspiration coming from musical keys, was awe-inspiring, especially as he surrounds himself with hearts. Love, the ultimate source of inspiration!
Or, how about a pas de deux in air, danced to “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”?
The Thriller number looked like it was recreated from the concept behind Michael Jackson’s This is It, so I wasn’t as blown away, other than it was cool to hear the song, and I wish they did more with Earth Song. I definitely think they could have done a more beautiful presentation with costuming and flying trapeze artists, instead of relying on the music video. Yes, I expect more from Cirque du Soleil. I wanted flying butterflies and animated trees, or even an oceanic scene! Those two numbers were a bit lazy, compared to the more simplistic performances that offered more imagination.
What saved Thriller? The prelude, which included a “Book Worm” woman, literally crawling out of a book about “ghost stories.” 🙂
Absolutely awesome what she was able to do with her body!
But perhaps one of the most moving performances came toward the end, when militaristic robots came out marching to “They Don’t Really Care About Us,” while different images from the music video and footage around the world, detailing our social problems, illuminated on screen. When the dance number faded to black, all we could see were their illuminated red hearts, keeping rhythm to the audible heart beats. But of course! Only love can “fight” social injustice!
Such an MJ message: L.O.V.E. 😛
All around the stadium were illuminated red hearts that segued to a moving number of “Will You Be There,” which culminated with a hologram of MJ himself and a clip of little Michael singing “I’ll Be There”!
After that was an energized medley of “Can You Feel It,” “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Billie Jean,” and “Black or White.” The finale of course was MJ’s “Man in the Mirror.” Simple and subtle (though it would have been cooler if the company held up mirrors to the audience to remind us all how we need to look ourselves in the mirror).
I’m still on a high from the evening before. I certainly recommend you go see this show if it’s playing in your area.
So, after all that, and after realizing I wasn’t at all a bit tired so went online to catch up on what I missed on Idol, I’m even more disgusted at what Idol has become.
Really, there will never be another Michael Jackson (and certainly not someone who could inspire a spectacular show like Cirque du Soleil’s Immortal), but these reality TV contests should be about seeking greatness. There’s no nurturing even of potential. Just a whole lot of empty platitudes and fake mentoring.
Reality TV: a celebration in mediocrity.
But even in the midst of mediocrity, one often catches a glimpse of greatness. We found that in David. Other than that, Idol needs to pack it up.