Welcome to Internet Idol!
Although I've been saying that the internet
will eventually clog up with low quality
music for some time, even I was surprised
when I realized how quickly this is going to
happen. It will most probably rear its' head
first on these free relationship sites like
MySpace or Facebook which have a wide wide
acceptance from the public at large.
The penny finally dropped for me when I was
watching the first program of the seventh
season of American Idol.
American Idol is one of the most
blockbusting television programs to appear
on American television. Hate it, or like it,
it has to be said that when a program gets
more audience than the Superbowl, there must
be a succesful recipe there.
Last night I watched the first auditions in
season seven taken place in Filadelphia and,
as normal, there were far more candidates
than places to be filled to take a trip to
Hollywood. There were people of all shapes,
sizes, colours and tribes trying their best
to impress the judges Randy Jackson, Paula
Abdul and everybodys' friend Simon Cowell.
Sadly for the majority of the candidates,
the dream ends even before they get to sing
one complete song in front of the three
judges who decide which contestant will pass
through to the next round. The reason?
Simply because they just don't have the
talent, mental stability, or personality to
make it in the music world.
We have all seen and heard the complaints of
those contestants, after
having their egos shattered by the "no" of
Cowell, demonstrating their anger, knowing
that they have talent and that the judges
know absolutely nothing about the music
industry nor about the real meaning of the
They could try to argue that the producers
of American Idol only want commercial blonde
bimbos on the show, that the music is
diluted pop, that it only deals with mainstream.
Pas de tout.
We have had people from all races, musical
backgrounds, genres - from jazz to blues,
from rock to beatbox, ages (up to the
American Idol limit), sexes and they have to
work hard to make it through to the last
three. They have to work with renowned
superstars, sing songs from different eras,
classic songs, rock songs, romantic songs,
have to learn to hide their nervousness even
change their appearance to be more appealing
to the eye - a veritable schooling of how to
become and behave as a professional
performer, being taught by the very best in
Out of over 20,000 people who auditioned in
Filadelphia, only 70 made it to the next
phase of the program because the experts
thought that these people had a chance of
advancing, improving, maturing and who knows,
even winning the top prize that the reality
Imagine what the show would be like if they
didn't have this filter of the judges!
There is a show like this. It's called
"Internet Idol" and you can watch it in any
free music community website.
You can put your music up for grabs and it
doesn't really matter what it sounds like as
long as you like it yourself.
You can enter into a whole new virtual music
career on "Internet Idol" as you can
determine how you will become a legend
without any interference from professionals
in the music business world. You'll be safe,
there's no chance that Simon, Paula nor
Randy will refuse you nor criticise your
So if you're a singer, songwriter or musician
that just wouldn't make the grade to receive
your golden ticket to Hollywood,
the internet world is your virtual stage. :)
I'm sure there will be response to this
article and quite possibly in the same genre
of those who didn't make it to Hollywood...
Steve Allen is consultant and music producer.
Author of "Marketing Your Music – Success
Strategies", "Personal Management in the
Music Industry" and "Street Teams – Expand
your Fan Base"
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