My O.D.D. Almost Made Me Go to an Idol Tour!
I’m absolutely not surprised to hear the latest news that American Idol is canceling a number of tour dates and only hope that for the contestants’ sakes, they can keep some tour dates so they can get a decent pay check and a chance to perform for a big venue crowd (I do feel bad for the contestants more than anyone else for they signed those brutal contracts with the show for a chance to shine).
As for TPTB, all I can say is “Muahahahaha!!”
Seriously, as someone who follows a number of different black women-themed and urban-themed blogs, when only like 1 or 2 of them even took the time to acknowledge and congratulate Candice Glover on her American Idol win (after five long seasons of a WGWG winner), I knew the franchise was in trouble! And even on those blogs mentioning her win, most of them were like “Meh – haven’t watched Idol since Season 3” or whatever season they checked out of. So, if the winner (who is worthy, mind you) wasn’t able to bring in this particular coveted audience, was she going to bring them to a tour?
Granted, Candice was crowned the same night most of Black America was tuning in to the season finale of Scandal, so there’s that!
Moreover, black artists have never been able to appeal to a mass audience without major crossover marketing makeover (think what Berry Gordy had to do with his Motown artists or what Clive Davis had to do to transform Whitney Houston), and without a British-accented Simon Cowell (and the genuine talent scout that was Paula Abdul) promoting favorites, how early in the seasons would the racial diversity of Idol winners have been? And although Fantasia’s music (more so than Jennifer Hudson, who makes headlines more for her live performances and weight loss) is more appealing to the die-hard R&B audience than a pop one, I just don’t trust that Jimmy Iovine and Co. will be investing in the Candice-as-Black-Adele makeover that she’ll need to succeed. I hope Candice can smartly take advantage of the very short platform Idol is giving her because her low-selling sales on iTunes (with that godawful “I Am Beautiful”) will only be self-fulfilling prophecy to TPTB who tried oh-so-hard for a girl winner and finally got one who may not have been their first choice (Angie Miller anyone?).
Then there’s that whole craziness with stuffing the judges’ panel with Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. These divas’ “urban” audiences all thought the Idol gig was beneath them, and the show’s attempts at turning them into yet another stereotypical representation of neck-twisting, eye-rolling, hair-pulling angry black banshees (if only in theory if not in actual practice) was a major turnoff from this particular group, as well as from the traditional viewers and voters who only like their “divas” presented in a safe way. Foolishly, TPTB thought these judges could bring in a core demographic, and it backfired on them big time! Now that both are leaving (because, as is typical in TV biz, when ratings suffer, you appeal to the “urban” crowd, and when that doesn’t work, you let go of your “racial diversity” unceremoniously) and now that the WGWG curse has been broken, I expect Idol will go back to country or wonderbread brand nothing-specialness.
And all this foolishness…why?
*Cue my David-centric perspective of how the world works*:
They (whoever they might be) undermined David Archuleta’s inevitable win for a wonderbread nothing-special Idol winner, who launched the franchise of WGWG. A franchise they tried oh-so-hard to get away from this year — all for naught!
So, Tour Blues? I expect more cancellations.
Then again, why, after 12 seasons, would a show even have an Idol Tour to pimp? Once the ratings started dropping (since Season 9, I believe), they should have been scaling back instead of having to go through the embarrassment of canceling tour dates due to poor sales.
A number of things:
1. There is still an economic recession (no matter what Wall Street tells us): folks just don’t have the kind of extra $$ to spend on amateurs, especially those without much personality and unproven talent in the concert gig department.
2. Idol is 12 years old – the same age Sex and the City was when they decided it was time to end things – why not pull the plug on a show before it really hits an all-time low (well, I imagine if things keep going on the decline, and it’s no longer the leading show on Fox, they will).
3. Where is the David Archuleta breakout star this year? Great singers, yes. Potential stars? No! At least, not without a makeover.
Which brings me, finally, to the title of this post. As much as I have tuned into this show since its first season and only developed an obsession for ONE of its finalists, I never took the show seriously enough to show up at an Idol tour. NEVER!
And it was only when my O.D.D. took me to the fan blogosphere and the fan videos and hearing all the testimony about how amazing David is LIVE, I almost, almost bought a ticket since the show was coming to my town. *blushes*
Fortunately (or unfortunately?), I already had vacation plans that date, in which I wasn’t going to be in town, but think how bad your O.D.D. has to be when you were ready to bale on your prepaid vacation plans just for the chance to hear David sing live. And not just to hear David sing live. But to WAIT for 8 contestants to do their performances before you even get to your main course!
That’s when I knew I had O.D.D. bad (and as someone mentioned in the previous thread) perhaps still do since I’m still here blogging five years later (and why 80% of you still say you’ve got it bad).
Twelve seasons, and only one Idol had that something-specialness for me. So, I find those statistics that Anon referenced and Ali shared very interesting. In spite of his two-year absence, David still has that power to make a connection. Being in the Top 6 of anything is nothing to sneeze at.
And I will never, never, ever understand what crazy behind-the-scenes foolishness occurred that would make TPTB back a nothing-special over the something-special. That horse-picking moment had repercussions for the show – as we are currently witnessing.