‘Reality Check’: Why Do the American Idol 2016 Producers Hate Us? (VIDEO)
TVLine.com‘s resident reality TV expert Michael Slezak is back with American Idol 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle for the latest episode of Reality Check, as the duo gives their thoughts on the farewell season of American Idol and Season 10 of The Voice!
This week is another TWO-PART episode of Reality Check, as Michael and Melinda finally dig into The Voice Season 10! But not without also covering the pure, unbridled drama of the American Idol Top 8 show, as America ended up choosing an obnoxiously random Bottom 3. Did Avalon Young really deserve to be at risk for elimination? Why is Lee Jean still here? And why do the producers hate us so much? Michael and Melinda dig into the frustrating elimination format, prompting Melinda to come up with a solution that’s actually LEAGUES better than what they’re doing right now. Seriously, it’s not too late to change ships mid-stream, producers! Also, the hosts look into whether or not The Voice is spoiling its own season by showing the likely winner’s Blind Audition on Night 1. This is the best episode of Reality Check this season, filled with disagreements on letter grades over performances (particularly La’Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon), and an awesome shoutout to an incredible Idol alum from Season 8. This is definitely worth checking out if your weekly singing show needs extend beyond the shows themselves. Watch the video below:
I really wish Melinda had some sort of pull at American Idol, because her proposal to use the elimination model that SYTYCD uses is downright genius. If nothing else, it’s something that would likely prove far more effective than what they’re doing. For a season that’s meant to be a celebration of the American Idol franchise, it’s puzzling that viewers have less power than ever before. Would American Idol have ever succeeded in the first place if it had debuted with this “Judges Have All the Power” format? I get that The X Factor managed to become a successful global franchise on the basis that the audience would choose the at-risk acts, and the judges would send one of them home. But American Idol was founded on different premises entirely. So it’s hard to imagine that one format can necessarily fit into another with any kind of success, as we’ve seen.
And yet, if it had been up to America, I wonder if we might not have lost both Avalon and Olivia and kept Gianna instead. America tends to make questionable choices, so it wouldn’t have surprised me if we ended up with a shock elimination (well, a shock double elimination). Perhaps this format is a fail-safe for the producers to ensure they get the winner (or the finalists) they want. I mean, Scott Borchetta clearly sees dollar signs in Tristan, from how he gushes about her in the media. That said, Tristan is proving to be perfectly popular on her own, without producer manipulation. So it looks like this season is entirely up in the air. It’s a strong group of finalists, but the format is a bit of a turnoff this season, as much as it was last year. I suppose we’ll see how things go as the weeks roll on, since this week is the last double elimination.
But what did you think of this week’s Reality Check? Do you agree or disagree with Michael and Melinda’s opinions? Sound off in the comments!
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Also, if you love Reality Check and want more, watch the episode in which Michael and Melinda discuss Kelly Clarkson delivering one of the all-time great American Idol moments!