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Getting Ready For Evil Idol 5

January 03, 2006 12:02 AM by Joe Blackmon

Fox has started running promos for the two hour premiere of American Idol 5, and the early commercials suggest that viewers can expect to see the same mixture of good and bad singers as in the past. If early statements from American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest and American Idol Judge Randy Jackson prove to be true, then one big change is that American Idol 5 might earn the nickname Evil Idol 5.  First, Ryan Seacrest said that American Idol 5 would offer more “individual and independent competitive spirit than ever before."  Then, Randy Jackson took it a little further and said there would be “interesting fighting and dialogue going on amongst the contestants.”

American Idol 4 set the bar high for the franchise, and many fans have questioned if season 4 can ever be topped.  American Idol 4 succeeded in not only assembling the most talented group of singers ever, but also in generating the most controversy of any season.  From shocking eliminations to wrong phone numbers to previous arrest records, American Idol 4 managed to generate buzz throughout the entire season.

The only thing that wasn’t shocking or controversial about American Idol 4 was the relationships between the contestants.  Unlike other reality TV shows where arguing and backstabbing among contestants is often common place, American Idol contestants usually act like one big happy family.  How much of the goodwill shown between contestants is genuine or is simply the result of the contestant’s awareness that their actions could influence the way America votes is unknown. 

Why in the fifth season of American Idol would contestants suddenly decide to fight for the title?  One reason is that the contestants are probably starting to realize the full extent of the opportunity at stake.  While shows like Survivor might offer a million dollar prize, American Idol offers the shot at an ongoing multi-million dollar career.  It truly is the greatest prize on reality television, and it’s a wonder that it has made it through four seasons with no finalist delivering a Sue Hawk dying-of-thirst type speech.

Another possibility is that maybe contestants took notice of the Summer reality TV show RockStar INXS.  RockStar INXS proved that you don’t have to be an angel to win on a reality television show where viewers have a say in the outcome.  In the early stages of the competition, J.D. Fortune displayed a very competitive attitude and made no secret of the fact that he was there to win.  In fact, Fortune’s personality and attitude probably helped him stand out and survivor in the early stages of the competition.  Of course, J.D. Fortune also had the talent to back up his attitude and went on to win the competition.  As long as the talent on American Idol 5 is up to the level of American Idol 4, then the fighting and competitiveness could make things all the more interesting.

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5 Responses to “Getting Ready For Evil Idol 5”

  1. meneame.net Says:
    January 3rd, 2006 at 3:57 am

    Reality TV Magazine: Getting Ready For Evil Idol 5

    Good read on upcoming AI season!

  2. BitzofBrin Says:
    January 3rd, 2006 at 8:50 pm

    This show is all about finding the best musician and taking them to the top. It’s good that contestants have clued into the fact that this is a real competition and you have to be willing to do what you have to so you can get what you want, but that doesn’t mean you have to be petty, backstabbing, and catty. If it’s true that this year’s contestants are more dedicated than ever before, perhaps Evil Idol 5 isn’t the best name for it. Maybe Rival Idol 5 would be more suitable.


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  3. Anonymous Says:
    January 4th, 2006 at 10:30 pm

    Oh please! AI is, always has been, and always will be a reality show. It’s all about the drama and the ratings. It has verry little to do with the best getting the title. It’s more about finding someone THEY THINK THEY can market. So far they’ve only gotten it right once.

  4. Karen Says:
    January 5th, 2006 at 12:42 am

    I for one would not mind constestant being competitive but, I hope not nasty. I know if that’s the case they would lose my vote.

  5. tvfan Says:
    January 7th, 2006 at 2:04 am

    I don’t think it was because of Rock Star. It definitely has something to do with the stakes, because the prize for any finalist is HUGE. I think the show itself has become more than it was intended to be in the first place. Unfortunately, I don’t wanna see a bunch of jerks this season. And I REALLY don’t wanna see a jerk WIN. Topping Season 4 will be hard, but the great thing about American Idol was how genuine it was, and how respectful it was compared to a show like Survivor, which is also great, but is rough around the edges in terms of how people treat each other in it.


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