American Idol: Are They Really Idols?
Season 12 of American Idol is in full motion as the top 10 are narrowed down and put through to the next round. This biggest buzz is if whether or not a girl will finally win. There hasn’t been a female American Idol since Jordin Sparks, which was in 2007.
But my biggest question is will the next winner be able to maintain a prosperous career as an artist? There is almost a “curse” for most of the winners that they only release one or two albums and then disappear into the darkness.
Do you even remember all the winners? Here’s a reminder:
2002- Kelly Clarkson
2003- Ruben Studdard
2004- Fantasia Barrino
2005- Carrie Underwood
2006- Taylor Hicks
2007- Jordin Sparks
2008- David Cook
2009- Kris Allen
2010- Lee DeWyz
2011- Scotty McCreery
2012- Phillip Phillips
Out of the 11, only about five have remained relevant today. Only Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino and Carrie Underwood have been able to snag a coveted Grammy award.
The music industry has changed drastically in the last few years. In order to have a successful career in the music business, being able to sing is no longer the only factor. But one must have an infectious personality, an eye-popping image and have the ability to connect with the fans.
The reason why American Idol is unable to consistently produce successful artists is because we, the public, ultimately get bored of them once the season is over. They are no longer singing our favorite songs but original tracks that really cannot connect with anyone.
When choosing this year’s winner, we need to consider all aspects that will help them get to the top and have them stay there for a long time.