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Nigel Lythgoe – Mr. Producer, If you Can’t Stand the Heat….

May 25, 2011

by Xena

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American Idol twitter party and contest tonight. Prizes being awarded! Follow @JuneauXena and @XenaPW to participate!

@dizzyfeet: “With over 25 million votes for Haley I was expecting disappointment from passionate people. I find it upsetting it creates personal hatred! … Jimmy played me a song for Haley’s record yesterday. Let’s hope all the people that are professing love buy it and give her a great start.”

@xenaPW  “Oh dear Nigel, I am so sorry you are upset at the emotional responses of  AI10 fans to James Durban’s  followed by Haley’s departures.  What were you expecting?  Quiet candle lit vigils with plastic wrapped bouquets laid on the steps of the stage and accompanied by baroque chanting and silent prayers?”

Matt Carter TV Examiner ‘American Idol’: Haley Reinhart’s future teased by Nigel Lythgoe

It’s Da Plan!

American Idol’s strategy and tactics inevitably lead to this overwhelming emotional response.  The drama focuses on millions of very young viewers to form personal bonds with their favourites. Back stories are designed to evoke strong emotional attachments, which the show needs and wants.  The host overtly sets-up rivalries with moments such as the now immortal AI8 introduction “It’s between the guy next door and the guyliner”.  If TV viewers had the power, Ryan Seacrest would have detonated to nothing but a small pile of ash at that moment.

This year the judges were either ridiculously fawning and cooing like new parents over the “babies” or criticizing others “for their own good”.  Again, fans of each respond in kind.  Look who’s left standing, the two who were nurtured in down filled nests, not tossed out early to learn to fly on their own.  However, which of these young birds  will survive the harsh realities of the ‘biz’?  We know from years of Idol results that “Talent beats Title” in the long run and it is a rare bird indeed where both reside in one.  No doubt the final two will be off to a great start but they are both still adolescents, total age about thirty.

When their personal favourite goes, the fans’ adrenaline kicks in and it’s not “flight” but “fight” that comes naturally in that moment of panic and frankly, they look for someone, something to blame. After all, they voted until their fingers bled and wore off their fingerprints only to be thwarted by some unseen hand.

This becomes a blessing and a curse for the “honchos” but I say “man up”! It’s a major competition with enormous stakes so you have to expect that the same passions fuelling the fandom necessary for a successful “winning” Idol, don’t just dissipate when a favourite is voted off.   Ryan Seacrest seems very boastful when he announces some record-breaking number of votes cast, who do you think made that happen?

Even judges’ comments are taken personally.

Guerilla Army

So, please do not complain when fans react strongly to their perceived personal losses.  What you encourage is a Guerilla Army of fans, not a sophisticated, analytical, obedient army led by Alexander the Great or Xena Princess Warrior for that matter.

Nigel, you might do well to re-read Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” ‘cause that ‘s what this is and the stakes are very high.  It’s  pride, personal pride in identifying and supporting a winner and when that’s dashed after all their effort, this leaderless army you inspire does not put down their weapons and turn the other cheek, they start tweeting in earnest, a veritable avalanche to bury you.  Need a shovel?

You’re lucky they only use words.

The finale now smacks of the arranged marriage. Picture perfect couple, truly devoid of passion and dark emotions from which to draw when the music and lyrics demand them.  So young, virginal in their pedigrees, ready to be molded by Svengali  into the entertainer the market analysts have recommended.  No worries about almost naked, gold-painted bodies in photos of kissin’  appearing from nowhere to break the aura, the spell of this almost immaculate conception.

Introducing – The Wedding Party!

Just don’t ask Haley to be Maid of Honour to the two wedding cake toppers.

 Following “They lived happily ever after” tune in to our radio show at 10:30 pm est “From Idol to Gaga – Born This Way”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jacki permalink
    May 25, 2011 2:38 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more! This season “fianlly” did me in & after 10 seasons! Of course, it’s pretty easy cuz I found my idol in S8 with the name of Adam! But, I am so angry over the bs of this season regarding what appears to be Nigel L’s manipulations, I’m not even gonna watch SYTYCD & I love that show! Ah, well, it’ll be no skin off his nose but I’ll feel better! LOL! Didn’t watch AI last night nor tonight. I hope someone puts up any Adam/Sauli sighting on YouTube, tho!

  2. Will permalink
    May 26, 2011 12:08 am

    Bravo! takes notes Nigel and get real

  3. May 26, 2011 12:47 am

    The quick pic of Adam and Sauli and Steven Tyler’s Dream On were the highlights.I can’t help but compare and wish Adam were back up on that stage. Wonder if he felt nostalgic. Country night had to be tough for him. It was for me. Sure missed Ring of Fire! Ryan relating the # of votes is so ridiculous when one person can vote one thousand times. So contrived. Nigel needs a reality check. I wish the kids luck. It has to be so overwhelming at that age and it takes guts to know that millions are watching.

  4. May 26, 2011 11:11 am

    I watched the finals….Was kind of like whatever…I watched mainly to see if Adam would be shown…and if he would be a surprise singer…was hoping Haley and he would perform..that would have been amazing..But not…think Nigel was scarred to have them sing together…figuring it would have stirred up stuff about Adam supporting her…Bunch of baloney…James and Judas Priest…awful…Highlights were Beyounce and Gaga…U2 was pretty cool…And please…Mark Anthony and JLo….come on…not a single person watching was really interested in that other than guys wanting to see JLo in a skimpy outfit….Steven Tyler was pretty cool…I have to say..he was my fav judge….but miss Simon…cause Simon would have point blank told some of these contestants that they were not to good…So many…that was great…when it was average…I am from NC…so was cool that Scotty won…he is really a sweet kid…should do well in country music field…No I am looking forward to So You Think You Can Dance…my fav show…

  5. May 26, 2011 11:13 am

    Oh …and I am oh oh oh so proud of Adam bringing Sauli and holding his hand in public…a statement that it is ok….You go Adam…and that he drew so much attention…the way it should be…a star he is…

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