Friday, May 22, 2009

Reality doesn't always bite. (opinion piece)

I always bristle at the term "reality television." For some reason, that phrase reminds me of the non-scripted shows that I DON'T like (such as any dating "contest"). By nature, I am a fan of well-written comedies or dramas, with good acting and clever dialogue. By reputation, I like to cling to snobby literary choices. ;) However, it would be totally hypocritical of me to write off all reality tv, since there are a few shows that I do follow. No, that is misleading. There are a handful of shows that I really LIKE. I admit it! Amazing Race has churned out some fabulous seasons that I have watched and loved. Last summer I referred to (and surely I will post again) about probably my favorite reality show: So You Think You Can Dance. And ever since I accidentally caught the first episode of the first season of American Idol, I've been unable to truly stay aloof.

There have been seasons that I watch more than others, especially if I don't have any real favorites, but this season, in my humble opinion, had the best top 5 vocalists of any past year. I thought all 5 were really talented and deserving of being in that group. Speaking of #5, I totally loved Matt Giraud's voice and style--remember him? Now, there's always talk on and off the show about whether or not this is a truly a "singing contest" or a popularity contest. Don't kid yourself! It's very much both. But, hello?! So is the music industry. I don't spend my money on the artists who I think are the most talented. (If that were the case, I'd have a lot more Andrea Bocelli and not a single Britney Spears song on my iTunes.) I spend my money on songs that I ENJOY. We all purchase music that sounds good to our tastes. The artist's public personae certainly plays into our choices, but I don't think we'd buy something we didn't like just because so-and-so seems like a nice person.

So, in watching and voting for AI, I was pleasantly surprised for Kris' win. Simply because his performances were more to my taste. I think most of us agree that Adam was more vocally talented, but I didn't vote for him (and yes, I actually picked up my phone and voted 3 times on Tuesday night) because I was totally not into his style. Plus, I've always had a soft spot for guys with guitars. I have been mucho impressed with both the finalists and how gracious they have been. Kris has been a good winner and Adam's been a good loser. However, with all the attention, press and natuaral ability that kid has, I think loser is an outrageous contradition.

While I'm sure some people include their perceptions of the contestant's off-stage life in their voting decisions, I honestly don't think I did. However, it didn't bother me to find this video on facebook the day after the winner was announced.

Did you watch AI this year? What did you think?


The Brandt Clan said...

Thanks for the video- how awesome is that?! I also was a HUGE Kris Fan and was so excited that he won!!! I think Ill even spend money on his album, once he makes it :)

The Craftypigs said...

Haven't watched the finale yet....

Shannan said...

I have to laugh at your opinion piece because I, too, really like Matt G. I even told my husband I have a tiny crush on him because he is so my style (hello, Harry Connick Jr?) Anyway, my husband told me that Matt is just a poor man's Justin Timberalake. Boo!

I never like Adam. He body seemed all weird to me and I just didn't like hearing him sing - sorry. Didn't Kris sound pretty good singing country on the finale? I wouldn't have guessed that one.
PS - my most fav fav reality show is Amazing Race - Oh how I would love to be on it!!!

Angie said...

I'm definitely pleased that Kris won. His style slowly grew on me throughout the season. But my fave has always been Danny. I was so bummed he didn't make the final. I hope he AND Kris can make some Christian albums; they have great voices and seemingly have their hearts in the right place!

As for Adam...he's amazingly talented. I can take him in small, small doses. And I totally loved it when he sang 'Tracks of my Tears'. I wish he would stick with ballads more and a little less over-the-top theatrical performances (although, he's amazing with those, too!) Just my 2 cents.

Oh, and Amazing Race has ALWAYS been my fave reality show. Someday, I want to be on there!!! :)