Yes, I admit it. I LOVE the show ‘American Idol‘. My whole family is obsessed with it. We have dinner in front of the TV the nights American Idol is on. We record it on our DVR to be sure not to miss it. We laugh at the bad singing in the auditions and cry at the poignant moment of victory for the winner.
Culturally, this must have been what the Miss America pageant was like in the 1950s. More people in our nation vote for their "idol" than vote for our president. More people watch the finale show than any other programming Fox network has aired. It was just the opening, too.
The ratings juggernaut that is "American Idol" had a monster season premiere Tuesday, coming back with a vengeance to post its highest opening-night numbers yet with more than 35 million viewers.
The show’s two-hour premiere centered on auditions taped in September in Chicago and propelled Fox to a historic night. The network logged its highest ratings ever for entertainment programming in total viewers and its second-best numbers in adults 18-49, second only to the "Joe Millionaire" finale on Feb. 17, 2003. (Read more at BIllboard magazine: ‘Idol’ Premiere Draws 35 Million Viewers
Now, I do not care if I am scoffed at for enjoying this reality-based TV show. It has become a family bonding experience–especially with a DVR and the deleting of commercials. The water cooler talk is richer because of American Idol. And, as a vocalist, it is great to know that the art of singing is being elevated in some way. Beyond this, the best of America seems to be represented. If you work hard enough and have talent, the possibilities to succeed are there for the taking. That is truly an American thought.
What are your thoughts about "American Idol’?