Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Why American Idol’s Ratings are Plunging




The world of television is full of ratings, drama and entertainment but in order to get those ratings it is required that the entertainment be at a suitable level. Many people have heard for years that American Idol is the top rated show on television and in simple terms this just means that more people are tuning in to watch than any other show on television. This means that the impact of the show doing poorly is honestly quite small in the overall scheme of things, but still requires some attention.





For years the hit show has commanded the top spot for ratings and combined with the pricy $700,000 ads for a mere 30 seconds has been one of the most profitable and popular shows on television. Now at the conclusion of season 7 there is a significant drop in the ratings and many people are sitting around and asking exactly why the ratings are plunging and what can be done to change them. In order to really understand how the ratings are being effected it should first be pointed out the American Idol has really enjoyed the top spot for years with very little competition.





For the 2008 season which was the most recent season 7 the lowest ratings that have been reported was a paltry 21.25 million. This is still enormous but in terms to the opening show of the season on January 15 at 33.24 million viewers it is a substantial drop. Watching as the ratings fall people are starting to wonder exactly where everyone is going, why is there no emotional attachment that is encouraging viewers to watch. The answer is not simple, but there are several reasons why the viewership is down.





For the majority of shows the ratings are significantly lower, but American Idol in all of its infinite glory has captured the title as the most popular show on television. The problems lately have occurred due to several problems. With the writers’ strike that has caused numerous problems for other television shows many people started looking to new locations for entertainment. This combined with many people feeling as if the newest season of American Idol was a fix due to the large number of seasoned professionals competing caused many people to abandon the show early on.





The show overall has still enjoyed a rather significant run as the top champion and the changes that are occurring in the ratings may seem substantial but in reality all it spells is that more people are looking to new shows for entertainment. Those who love the show have absolutely nothing to worry about since the ratings are still enormous; the only worry is that Fox may have to adjust the prices that they charge for advertising. In terms of still giving viewers plenty of entertainment the show still to this day delivers and for the one lucky finalist to emerge as the American Idol of the year there is the guarantee of receiving a vehicle from Ford, plus a recording contract and a change to have a huge music career.





Getting past all of the negative influences that are trying to say that the show is going under leaves people with plenty of reasons to tune in next year. But with the ratings falling to a level that has not been seen since season 2, it is no doubt that the producers of the show will sit around trying to organize some new ways to shake up the industry in the attempt to bring all of the viewers back. How successful the measures will be is still yet to be seen, however it is sure to be some pleasing changes that will leave thousands more auditioning to be part of the biggest show on television. Searching for the next American Idol each year is often a thrilling time of year, and watching as someone goes from the small audition to the large star at the finale is always a true experience.


Guide to Being Kicked Off American Idol




With so much going around about how to be truly successful on American Idol what happened to helping the little guy out who is just interested in some entertainment? Not everybody sets out with the goal of actually winning the show though. Those who are not really interested in winning find that there is very little advice offered to them. If you want to win then obviously doing your very best is critical to getting to the final rounds.





For those looking to just have some fun on the show, not worried about whether they actually win or lose it is possible to have a lot more fun. Stop and think about the contestants who had a ton of fun on the show. You are likely to think of someone along the lines of Blake Lewis. While he was an incredibly talented singer, he also took the time in each episode to inject some of himself into his performances so instead of just singing his way through each show.





If you are interested in trying to create your own special flair to the show, it is very important that you take some time to relax and actually enjoy yourself. Without enjoying the process, you are going to find that you are struggling to actually go further. The contestants who actually enjoy the process and procedures of the show will typically go very far, while those contestants who dislike the entire audition process. Putting your best efforts into the show is not always easy, but enjoying the show does not mean that you have to give up all of the creativity that you have.





For many contestants the best way to actually get kicked off the show is to go against the grain. While this is an old expression, it is extremely true. Stop and consider what you like personally in music. You probably have interests that are not that much different from many other people. This interest that you have in music means that you are apt to purchase music that is similar. If you are to go against the grain and instead pick a style of music that is not as popular, you might enjoy it yourself, but you are quite likely to find that there is very little interest from the viewers of the show.





Other sure ways to be kicked off are by disrespecting the judges. Most of the time you will notice that contestants on the show that last are extremely respectful to the judges. This might just seem like a coincidence, but do you really think that Simon Cowell would allow people to remain on the show who are completely disrespectful? It would be extremely unlikely for a contestant to remain that continuously talks down to the judges. It might make for some very entertaining television for a while, but the serious issue of disrespectful behavior would never be tolerated even if it did generate an incredible number of viewers.





The one area where you can really determine if you are going to stay or go home is in song selection though. Anyone who wants to go home badly, rather than actually win American Idol simply needs to pick out a bad song. This does not even mean picking out a song that is terrible in nature. If you select a song that is great, but it is incorrect for your voice style, and your actual singing style you could quickly turn a fabulous song into something terrible. It is very important that contestants choose their songs carefully and this means looking at all of the options available in terms of songs before actually picking something. It also means that it is essential that you select a song that will fit your personality. If you are just interested in getting the boot, you are much more free to select a song you truly enjoy, rather than something that sounds good for your voice.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How to Be Removed from Backstage




As the final season of American Idol drew to a close, there were several great highlights to the season. Not only had another contestant been successfully awarded the title of American Idol but there was plenty of backstage drama that goes to show things are not always boring between episodes for the contestants. If you are looking for a surefire plan to get kicked out of backstage then let me assist you with a few suggestions, on the other hand, if you want to stay backstage then look at this as a list of things not to do in order to maintain your welcome.





With Jeff Archuleta and the horrible stage dad routine that followed him we learned a few things. First, contestants are not thrilled with others messing with them while they are rehearsing. For some strange reason the other contestants had a huge problem with him giving them advice. I suppose following this mindset they would not really care who was dispensing advice, but rather still tune everything out if it was not what they wanted to hear from someone connected to them. If you are determined to have your opinion heard and you are lucky enough to get backstage you might want to avoid giving advice that seems to be damaging, such as advising contestants to drink milk before performing.





Other ways to wear out your welcome backstage is to meddle into the song lyrics. This was certainly proved by many of the songs that contestants have been talked out of singing. It is also extremely important to ensure that you select just the right song. This means it is very important to look only for songs that sound good. If you are looking to get rid of someone, or get yourself kicked out from backstage then it is a very good idea to start pushing a song that is inappropriate for the actual contestant.





If you are looking for something a bit more advanced, you could always result to meddling with costumes, this is a great way to start finding yourself thrown out of backstage areas. However, most contestants are careful to watch their clothing to ensure that it is not damaged in any way. If you are absolutely sure that you want to get rid of somebody then messing with their clothes can be extremely effective. However, you should also keep in mind this could be a great way to find yourself completely throw out of the contest if you happen to be competing as well.





While getting kick out of backstage might seem like a lot of fun. Most people do not set out to get kicked out of the backstage area of American Idol. If you are absolutely certain that it is what you want to do, there are plenty of opportunities to create trouble backstage. It is just extremely important that you be positive that you do want to be kicked out before you start any crazy antics. If you are still not positive that you want to be kicked off the show then it is very important that you instead wait to make any decisions. While it can be a lot of fun to cause chaos, it could find you in a terrible disaster that you cannot get yourself out of. Always think through your decisions, because after all, getting backstage at American Idol is not easy to do.


American Idol Contestants – Instant Stardom and Off




Everybody runs around talking continuously about each season of American Idol as if it is the greatest experience ever in the world. But if you have been watching the show for a while, you are very much aware that there was 6 seasons even before the most recent. This leaves 7 seasons worth of rejected potential Idols wondering around the world trying to make a life for themselves. While some of the previous contestants have gone on to do amazing things with their careers, even more have slipped into the cracks again.





Season one was the start of something huge. Not only was there two hosts, remember Brian Dunkleman? Do not feel bad, most people have no clue who he is or that he was involved. But there was also contestants such as Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson, and even Tamyra Gray to mention a few it was an incredible season. The overall excitement was mounting heavily but where have these contestants actually gone? Kelly Clarkson of course emerged as the winner and is still active in the music industry. Justin Guarini has made a few television appearances, and even released a few albums but his commercial success has been significantly limited. Tamyra Gray has found to date the greatest success on television appearing in several different shows. She has also recently found success in the Broadway showing of “Rent.”





Season two started with a bang, and brought with it the former marine Josh Gracin who has gone onto win the hearts of country music lovers, Carmen Rasmusen who also released a country music album and even brought with it Kimberly Locke, Clay Aiken, and the amazing Ruben Studdard. With the talent that emerged from this season it was undeniable that the show was in full swing. Ruben went on to record several albums, while Clay Aiken has found great deals of success with both albums and even on Broadway. Others like Carmen, Josh and Kimberly are not as followed, but have still received attention following their time on the show.





Season three found contestants like Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino and the notorious William Hung who while not an actual finalist still lives on in the hearts of all true fans for what not to do at an audition. Additional treasures were found in Diana DeGarmo as well. From season three, it was rather obvious that it was a bit harder to find lasting talent. Jennifer Hudson has so far emerged as the most successful contestant of the season, and after being booted in a 7th place finish she has gone onto star in Dreamgirls with Jamie Foxx and Beyonce Knowles and even win an Academy Award for her performance. Fantasia meanwhile has grabbed headlines for her strange antics, failure to appear for performances on Broadway and less than stellar commercial success.





Season four brought out all of the bad boys of rock, with Constantine Maroulis and even Bo Bice. By bringing the two rockers to the stage, it was a shift to a different style of music, and it has been these two contestants credited with inspiring season five contestant Chris Daughtry to try out. Winning the season was Carrie Underwood, who has been an enormous success and to date the most successful American Idol winner yet. The remaining contestants from the year have managed to slip back into the background with only occasional news stories, such as Vonzell Solomon the third place contestant arrested for a handgun at an airport.


Avoiding Acting Like an Overbearing Stage Parent




With all of the publicity that American Idol has gotten in recent years, some of the most entertaining gossip from the show lately has been the overbearing stage parent that is Jeff Archuleta. Questions still surround his time with the show, and many parents worry that they could find themselves in Jeff’s shoes at some point with their own talented child. However, much as many parents are starting to worry, the show really had some good reasons to do what they did. Learning how to become a stage parent like Jeff Archuleta because is very important to actually allow your child to find true success on the show.





While it might at first glance just seem like a truly loving parent waiting in the wings, stage parents are a growing breed that seem to spawn from the depths of hell, rather than from the encouraging love that most parents come from. At times crossing over from a lovingly encouraging parent into the area of stage parent seems to be extremely easy; many parents slide over simply, while other parents find that the transition is extremely complicated.





It is a well known fact that American Idol will not allow contestants to actively participate that are under the age of 18 without the permission of their parents. This has been well known since season 1 kicked off many years ago. However, while parents’ permission is required, parents are not permitted to simply sign a form and disappear back to their hometown while the producers handle watching after their kids. I suppose this makes it easier for some parents to quickly turn into stage parents, but it is necessary for parents to watch after their own children.





Jeff Archuleta rose to fame as a stage parent due to his constant meddling with other contestants. He was not content to simply run his son’s time on the show. Rather he was extremely interested in trying to sabotage other contestants according to reports. Due to this, rumors quickly started flying claiming that tensions on the show were running high and stating that Jeff Archuleta was at the center of it all. How true the actual reports are is yet to be seen, but the fact is many parents find themselves crossing over into the area of tampering with other contestants. It is extremely important that as a stage parent, you limit your interaction with your own child, rather than messing with other contestants.





Another fatal mistake that Jeff Archuleta made which created the disaster that had him quickly banned from the set was working with his son to change the lyrics of his song. This created nightmares for the show due to the very real problems with copyright that were created. By working with his son to change the lyrics of his songs, he not only broke the rules of the show, he went against what the producers had told him when he asked about changing the lyrics, and he cost the show a lot of money in terms of fines and penalties for the artists who were wronged. This all created a very big drama in the show. Due to the problems that occurred because of the incident, Jeff Archuleta was banned from being back stage.





It is extremely important to realize that as a stage parent, you cannot interfere with other performers and you also cannot become so overbearing that you are putting the show in danger. Just as American Idol has turned out numerous winners, they are also turning out numerous “losers” who do still manage to go onto a truly successful career. If you are willing to let go of your child and allow them creative input, as well as ensure that you are having your child follow all of the rules of the show you will discover that it can be a truly fun experience without all of the drama that follows stage parents.


VotefortheWorst.com and American Idol




While everyone loves to think that the show is only impacted by those viewers with the most honorable intentions each year it becomes more obvious that grassroots efforts from websites such as VotefortheWorst.com are making a substantial impact on the show. Consider just a few short years ago when Sanjaya managed to hang around for so long. Despite his best efforts to be kicked off he managed to stay around for weeks after he seemingly gave up trying to win. In order to keep people around who are best for entertainment value and much less for their singing entertainment groups like VotefortheWorst.com have sprung up.





While there are quite likely more than a single group acting, VotefortheWorst.com has certainly drawn the greatest amount of attention. While contestants try their hearts out each week to acquire the votes needed to stay on based on a great performances, the websites like Vote for the Worst are out to ensure that the worst performer stays around. Each week the site selects a new contestant that they support. This support is intended to both upset the producers of the show, but also sacrifice someone on the show who is extremely talented and otherwise would be able to stay around.





The show typically has to deal with outside sources such as this for a long time, with Vote for the Worst selecting a new contestant to support each week starting when the viewers are able to begin voting. Typically, they will select a single contestant to support as long as they are around. However, once that contestant goes home it is time to move onto someone else to support. Sanjaya was one of the biggest contestants that drew the most attention and therefore also brought VotefortheWorst.com into the spotlight.





Operated as only a grassroots effort they simply request people to vote for the contestant that they select. Typically, they also offer up a few reason why it will be fun to keep them around, but they also acknowledge that someone else with more talent will have to leave in order to keep their selected singer around. If you find yourself in this position of being the chosen contestant of theirs then you could find your stay on the show extended by several weeks if not longer. It is rather unfortunate that sites such as Vote for the Worst exist, but they do manage to provide a bit of entertainment.





We have to admit that as viewers you do not always want the most talented singers, these are not always the most entertaining contestants to watch and since we ourselves are not actually financing the recording contracts we want to watch someone that is interesting. In order to maintain the entertainment value Vote for the Worst could be argued to be doing a service to the viewers. By ensuring that the value of the show is about so much more than just selecting the best singer it requires the contestants to reach outside their comfort zones and look for new ways to connect with the audience in order to secure their place on the show for the subsequent week. Contestants who fail to connect with the audience or win the support of VotefortheWorst.com quickly find themselves heading home to return to their normal lives quickly forgotten by the glittering lights and fame that American Idol brings.


Behind the Scenes of American Idol




If you have ever been interested into diving into the beast that is American Idol there are a lot of fascinating tidbits that you can learn. While most people think that the whole show is about fun and excitement it is often unknown just exactly, what the contestants are put through, and also how much time is spent in rehearsals, contracts that have to be signed, and even the minor details of living away from home for a very long time. Struggling to emerge from the entire experience as the American Idol has sent numerous potential singers back home crying, while a precious 7 have emerged victorious.





The primary thing that most people do not realize is the bulk of contestants do not actually get to see the judges when they first audition. Do you really think Simon would sit through millions of auditions? I would love to personally see that happen, in reality though because the time of the judges is severely limited for each city they stop in contestants are first required to audition with additional personnel from the show. Once they have passed this stage they are moved along to actually audition with the judges. As you can imagine, it is around this time that a few unique people are allowed through for the sheer opportunity to provide some great entertainment when the auditions are released for television.





Additional bits of knowledge that is often not known is that once contestants get to Hollywood they are spending very little time sleeping, even less time seeing the sights and the bulk majority of waking hours either rehearsing or else they are doing another audition. This is I suppose designed to see which contestants have a flair for going without sleep and still keeping their voices. There have been numerous contestants’ crash and burn during this part of the show, and while it might seem cruel, it could serve as an indication of what a tour schedule could look like.





Other surprises that are waiting in store for contestants is the requirement to only choose from songs that have been preselected. Many feel that this is unfair, but honestly in a world that is overflowing with lawyers and legal loopholes it is likely one of the few measures of protection that American Idol can be offered. By limited the song selection to only those songs that they have approved they are able to ensure that they are not accidently infringing on the copyright of another artist that they do not have an agreement worked out with.





A final surprise in store for many contestants is the contract that they are required to sign. American Idol has a habit of not allowing contestants to talk to the media until after they are voted off the show. However, this contract extends a bit further. In fact, contestants are not allowed to sign with any other recording company until a minimum of three months after the season finale airs. This can seem like a huge drain for many contestants, however it is typically non-negotiable. However, the contract usually does permit contestants who have been booted to sign with a new recording contract if they receive permission from the show early in writing. Taking the time to get this approval is not always worth the effort, but it is something that is required if someone wants to really try hitting the album beat while they are still fresh in the minds of viewers.





As you can see, while the show appears to be all fun and games from the episodes that are released, it is actually far from it. For those who manage to be successful at winning the show the hard work is well worth the effort. For those contestants who are determined to actually make something of themselves regardless of how far they get into the show it is something that can be a bit of a hassle, but it is still worth the bit of effort to go onto the show and see what happens.