Advisory: Before You continue reading, 3 important facts:
- 1. Singapore has a great history of incredible bad TV-Show adoptions, the latest, “Don’t Forget The Lyrics”, was pulled of the TV after failing big time and replaced by the original episodes from the US.
- 2. I hate “Idol” competitions, really! And I only watched the former American version so I could point out how bad and staged it was over and over again.
- 3. I seriously had problems with writing this text, because I did not know here to start with my critics, in the end I could have simply put it in 4 words: Incredible Waste Of Time!
However… I gave “Singapore Idol” a shot, since its kind of different, close and… Singlish.
Singapore Is Too Average For This Show
It might sound harsh and racist, but unfortunately, and very much based on the “number of citizens – to – possible amount of great superstars” ratio, there should no show exist with the name of “Singapore Idol”.
I talked this over with my local friends and the general consensus of our discussion was, that people love and watch a show like “American Idol” because of the 1% Super freaks and the other 1% really incredible good singing possible stars, no one cares about the other 98%, and wisely enough, the producers do fill close to 100% of their show with the 2% of exceptions.
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However the problem is in Singapore… there are no exceptions.
And I’m not discriminating the couple of people who might be able to reach lower, deeper and nicer tones then the rest of us, yes, there are probably talents and good singers in Singapore, but no Superstars and no Superfreaks, and that makes the whole show very much… extremely boring.
Everything is average. The (staged) freaks are not funny or appear close to being real characters, and even worse, the majority of people who (don’t ask me how) reached the top-whatever-we-have-right-now stage, dude… I take you for a tour through the life-band stages of Singapore and collect easily the same number of singers who are out-voicing those characters by far!
So yes, first, fundamental issue for the show, Singapore is too average!
The show was not even 2 minutes old when I kind off gave up on the whole concept. How can I take a “reality” show serious if the judges are not more then mere and bad copies of the successful US version.
I sat in front of my TV and had the best laughing flash since a long time, this was so massively ridiculous!
Besides the fact that one of them keeps on crying whenever anyone has more to say then the usual crap, the other one seems to be so underwhelming unqualified for the show that I cant even remember her face and the third one not only copies the look and gestures but also mimic, “pen chewing” and impressively unimpressive comments, all three of the judges make their whole appearance even worse by speaking their finest Singlish like no tomorrow and pulverizing the governments “Speak Good English Campaigns” within the first minute and 10 Lahs.
What is this?
The Candidates – Did I Hear You Say Somethin’?
A group of unfortunate characters, obviously chosen by highest possible “future confrontation level” and really really really not what any country should claim as their “biggest singing talents”.
I always wonder where the people are that really know how to hit notes and electrify the air when performing. I know they exist, even in Singapore. I’ve seen them on several occasions. Be it on talent/singing shows at the Polytechs, NUS Anniversary concerts or one of the many great live band venues in Singapore.
However, maybe they are doing the right thing to hide not to be part of that TV-show of hell.
Get It Over And Then Stop
I sent a letter to the responsible TV station and producers asking for a speed-up process to cut short the elimination rounds to only one show before crowning some randomly chosen drunken guy from the KTV bar next door the “Singapore Idol”.
I suggested to let every contestant tell a spontaneous joke and reiterate what they know about music-history, once they all failed the randomly chosen KTV guy would take the stage, Singapore Idol would get their desperately needed headlines and the following protests would make a “Singapore Idol Season 4″ impossible to support for anyone.
In fact… ah.. maybe I stop here, otherwise it will never stop. Comments now!