One Thing We Can Expect From ‘American Idol’: Dramatics
The promos, like the one above, for the reboot of American Idol have begun to roll in and one thing is becoming abundantly clear: the show is going to be dramatic. I don’t mean in the sense of how The Four was dramatic, with people fighting and talking smack. I mean in the sense of being over-the-top emotional. That’s pretty obvious.
Of course, American Idol was always dramatic and kind of sappy since day 1. They created the modern talent competition TV show and Idol was the first one to use the sob story angle to get people sympathetic to certain singers. Is it emotionally manipulative? Sure, it is. Is it effective? You are darn right. Even me whose job it is to cover this stuff, I find myself getting sucked in and manipulated by these stories. I love a good person fighting for their dreams and overcoming odds story…everyone does.
And listen, I’m not knocking it. It works and it makes for compelling television. I for one think it’s as important an element in a show’s success as Simon Cowell’s exposed chest hair or Blake Shelton’s beard.