I have to admit, as annoying as those "American Idol"-type shows are, I admire the idea behind them.
I do. Stop laughing.
You see, with people like Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, a record company must invest enormous amounts of money into the public image that it wants to create for their star, and there's no guarantee -in spite of all the market analysis that they undoubtedly perform- that the public will buy into it.
But with these so-called talent shows (on which only losers compete), the audience itself chooses which tone-deaf retard it prefers. Once the popular phone-in vote has established a winner in this loser contest, the media promote that person as if he or she were the second coming of Buddha, and the population at large embraces him. The producers of the show then quickly throw an album of inoffensive shmaltz together for him to, uh, 'sing' on; and everyone rushes out to buy it. It's brilliant, you make money off of the idiotic masses who cannot decide for themselves what kind of music they like, and you have to make virtually no investment of your own.
And on top of that, you actually get paid to sit in a TV studio and insult your guests. I'd do that for free (well, I already do that now, except I don't sit in a TV studio). The show itself isn't free (there's money from advertisers), the hosts receive a salary... and for what? Exactly, nothing.
It really was and remains a great idea, and the only thing that bugs me about it (aside from the god-awful 'music' and the insufferable 'stars' these shows create) is the fact that I didn't come up with this myself.