Wednesday, January 17, 2007

America got it WRONG

For everyone who has ever been overlooked, or fired, here's the video for you. Golden Globe winner (and soon to be Oscar winner) Jennifer Hudson being booted off of AMERICAN IDOL. Revenge is a dish best served at an awards banquet.

9 comments:

OhioRuthie said...

I remember this...I think so many people voted for the underdogs thinking the really good ones were covered and it backfired. I was so excited for Jennifer at the Golden Globes...that was a pretty good awards show this year...loved that Ugly Betty got both awards they were up for too.

LA Guy said...

This is sort of off topic but from time to time I work on American Idol and was there for the Jennifer Hudson elimination show.

One thing about that clip that most people wouldn't appreciate, the producers, and in particular Nigel Lythgoe (lately visible to the public in his capacity as a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance"), spend hours constructing the reveal of the loser for maximum dramatic effect.

Depending how the vote comes out they will scheme to misdirect the audience for maximum shock value. The Jennifer Hudson episode was certainly one of the biggest to date along with Chris Dougherty's dismissal last year.

I have been standing right next to the producers when Ryan announces who has been eliminated and they are giddy with excitement when they hear a big reaction from the audience.

Incidentally for those who are tempted to think they manipulate the vote, from all I have witnessed and from the people I know who work closely with the producers, it doesn't happen. I think at the end of the day, they don't really care who wins, they only care that the audience cares.

To their credit the producers spend an enormous amount of time and energy on keeping the show fresh, introducing new elements such as adding the live orchestra, redesigning the stage and this year, adding a song writing competition.

(okay, enough ass kissing for one post)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh Yes, Oh Yes! How right you are.
And I'm telling You She Ain't Goin'...
It will be interesting to see where Ms. Hudson's career goes from here...I mean after the Academy Awards...I congratulate her on this true triumph and you for showing us this video, once again!

Tom Quigley said...

Watched the new season's episode covering the auditions in Seattle last night... Kept saying to myself "God, what a bunch of pitiful losers..." And the contestants were even worse...

WizarDru said...

I think it's pretty obvious how much the material is manipulated for maximum effect. Clever editing makes the most of reaction shots, for example, and gives the impression that the timing of certain events and auditions are different than they really are.

For example: note how goofballs from earlier auditions suddenly show up doing songs during a medley that they clearly appear to do during the audition. I wonder how many actual auditions they have in a single day for the celebs? I mean, they cull them down to the most talented and most entertaining to watch fail...and if 16,000 actually show? Yikes.

On the one hand, I feel sorry for some of these people who clearly had delusions of their talent and of their treatment by the show. On the other hand, it's not like this is a new phenomenon...if they don't know how the show works by season five, they get what they get.

Diane said...

After Taylor Hick's victory last year, I'm skipping the show and just logging on to www.votefortheworst.com for updates

Anonymous said...

Here is something that really bothers me. In the auditions, when the contests finaly meet the 'real' judges it's round four.

Let that sink in a bit. It's round FOUR.

That means that they pick some of the worst people, lie to them and string them on so they can have funny 'rejection' videos, while at the same time culling out people with acutal tallents so they can there funny clips.

This is all starting to remind me of the old quiz showes...

D. McEwan said...

"America Got It Wrong"

What else is new? Remember the 2004 presidential election? And the 1980, 1984, and 1988 elections? and let's not forget the overwhelming results of the 1972 presidential elections?

At least when they vote the wrong Person off American Idol, it isn't important, and nobody dies.

Anonymous said...

because she can act, that means she should have been the american idol?

- Allen