The cost of being on American Idol

Katherine - posted on 04/29/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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"American Idol," that hyperkinetic, TV-tastic, Simonized shine on the amateur hour concept, has embedded itself into our national consciousness with the tenacity of an earworm that we just can't get out of our heads.

Even if you don't know Bo Bice from Bo Diddley, or creator Simon Fuller from designated meanie Simon Cowell, you feel the familiar longing for instant adulation, that old rags-to-riches rumba. It's as American as rock 'n' roll.

What will it cost you to make a lunge for that golden ticket? And what, realistically, can you expect to receive in return?

We'll break it down for you with the help of Richard Rushfield, the Vanity Fair contributing editor who covered "Idol" for the Los Angeles Times for three years. His new book, "American Idol: The Untold Story" lifts the hood on this well-oiled star-making machine.

Bah-dah-bah-dah-bah-dah: This ... is American Idol!

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Hmm interesting. What IS the cost?

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Mrs. - posted on 04/29/2011

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It is a reality show, of course you have to sacrifice your dignity and other things to get your hands on opportunities that others might have to take decades to obtain. That is sort of the deal.

Most of these people and their families are, I hate to say it, fame whores. I don't think they mind the cost.

But I mind, having to listen to my in-laws talk about the inane going-ons of glorified cruise ship performers...but I'm a bit bitchy that way.

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Jessica - posted on 05/01/2011

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Bridget- you're so lucky! My mom and sister saw him when he came here... my mom is actually who got me into him, lol.

Corrie - posted on 05/01/2011

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I hate it when groups or soloists go on (X factor, Idol, Popstars, Got Talent) and win. Look at all the young stars who have ended up in rehab from not having a normal childhood... I mean sure! Help your child to shine! But don't thrust them into celebritydom and fame when someof them have no concept of normality.
For a hard working adult who wants a break and has a talent, great, good on them for giving it a shot. Chances are if you make the top ten, you're set with a career for the rest of your adult life anyway. The recognition you get is enough, you don't need the title.
But for some people, it's not about playing the game, and losing is not an option. I feel sorry for them, but at the same time i always wanted to audition.
Fear of failure and failing itself can be crippling.......
I dunno.
But i know i wouldn't want my son going on and being rejected, and i wouldn't like to be rejected myself, even with al my worldly knowledge of the stage xD!!!

Bridget - posted on 05/01/2011

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@Jessica I love Adam Lambert too!!! I saw him three times on his tour once in Myrtle Beach and twice in Atlanta!! I also got to meet him for a brief second after the show he is such a sweetie :)

Stifler's - posted on 05/01/2011

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The fact of knowing that you went on American idol would be punishment enough. *shudders* The only reason I watch (and I only watch the auditions) is to see people like William Hung make a fool of themselves.

Joanna - posted on 04/30/2011

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I always wanted to audition, just to make it on the "worst of" show/DVD. :P

Jessica - posted on 04/30/2011

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The only thing I ever paid attention to on that show was Adam Lambert. Love him!

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2011

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Love the voice!

I am also a Americna Idol lover, GOOO James, nothing like seeing a person with aspergers kicking ass at american idol! Theres a old saying "Nothing is free" and is so true in all parts of life. If these people truely want to be famous, they will spend the money it cost to become the next American Idol.

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I love American Idol, and to be honest, I don't care what they have to do. It's great entertainment for me!

P.S. Has anyone seen "The Voice"? AWESOME!

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