Shearer’s Spotlight: Words Of Caution For The New Season Of American Idol


Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

The eleventh season of American Idol kicked off this week and here are a few words of caution to everyone involved:

1. Don’t Just Dream About It
How many times have we heard someone give a mediocre vocal performance, then immediately break into tears saying how badly they want it and how it’s their “dream” to become an American Idol? Chasing down a dream takes a lot more work than riding on a bus and waiting in line all day long.

2. It’s Not Make Or Break
Madonna never won American Idol. Neither did Lady Gaga. Neither did The Beatles for that matter. There are ways to make it in the music industry (albeit a weakened one) without getting approval from Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and J-Lo.

3. Rags To Riches
Two episodes in and we’ve already seen a handful of Idol wannabes who are currently living in less than ideal situations (i.e. residing in a tent in the forest). Redemption stories have been favorites of ours since Jesus was giving weekly sermons on mountain-tops, but in the end, if someone can entertain us, it doesn’t really matter where they come from. I’m pretty sure Michael Jackson wasn’t eating government cheese as a teenager, and he turned out to be the greatest of all-time.

4. Watch Your Words
Attention judges: Please watch your words. I forget what audition it was, but this week Steven Tyler said he saw the greatest thing he’s ever seen in his life. C’mon, Steven. You were in the driver’s seat with Aerosmith for one of the most exciting eras of rock and roll (not to mention you teamed up with Run-D.M.C. for a seminal moment in hip-hop history). What you may have seen or heard in that convention center conference room may have been good, but not the greatest of your life.

5. Golden Tickets Could Be Bad
A lot of golden tickets will be given out, which means a bunch of hopefuls (and their families) will be making travel arrangements out west. One or two days into the next phase of tryouts, a lot of people who quit their jobs or mortgage their houses, will be returning home on a bus, plane, train, or automobile. If it’s obvious that they never had a chance to win in the first place, then why even send them to Hollywood? Don’t screw up someone’s life (despite how delusional they may be) for television’s sake.

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