So, I’ve been watching American Idol from the first show this season, and while I’m not as jazzed and wowed by the top 12 the judges picked as I have been in the past, and Kara gets on my nerves and I miss Paula (yeah go figure I miss Paula!), I’ve hung in there, mostly because of Casey who I liked from the moment he took off his shirt (and truth be told, his chest wasn’t all that, it’s his smile that gets me, but I digress!) and Big Mike.
Big Mike is a fave because of his situation, him auditioning for what could change his life and his family’s life forever, while that family he so desperately wants to protect and support was being born, and he wasn’t there. I like this guy. I respect what he gave up. I respect how hard he’s working to make it worth missing the birth of his first child. For not being there at the most precious moment in a father’s life. I want him to shoot to the stars and into the next galaxy. I want Big Mike to win big, whether it’s as the next American Idol or in whatever endeavor he chooses. Is he the most talented of the bunch? No. I think Lee and Casey have it over him. But I just want good for Big Mike
So, let’s talk talent, I’m biased, I think Casey has the whole package and I think Lee’s voice is fantastic, and he has really come along in selling himself to the audience. Then there is Crystal. Talent in every cell of her body. But here’s where I have a huge problem with her: To me, she’s unappealing. Is it me? Or is she kind of a turn off? That aside for a moment, I did not care for her performance tonight. Is it me or is she getting a wee bit too cocky? Remember when Chris what’s-his-name got cocky? Off with his head! Others whose names I cannot recall suffered the same fate.
Look, I get Crystal wanting to stay true to who she is, and her dreads. I know she fights the stylists at every turn, except that one night she wore heels. But doesn’t she want to win? Is it selling out if she compromises not her talent but her commercial appeal just for now? Just long enough to grab the prize then do it her way?
Many of you are probably saying, “To thine own self be true!” And you’re right but at what cost? To appeal to more folks from whom she would garner more votes and win the AI title, she doesn’t have to comprise her talent, just her commercial appeal. If I were her, especially after this last performance, and if I survived this week, I’d make the switch. Not a radical change, it’s too late for that but some serious subtle stuff. And I’d find some humility like yesterday!
Is it really selling out doing it that way? Or is it just a way to finally grab that elusive contract so that now you have your foot in the door and can do it your way?