I've followed American Idol (AI) from the beginning of the show. Love it. Love the talent show format! And... it's always so amusing to see how many people show up to audition for a shot at stardom, but have had no training at all.
When I taught school, some of the kids would tell me they wanted to be "stars" when they grew up, but they had absolutely no idea how they would do that. They thought it would be a job just to be famous -- which, come on, it is for Paris Hilton -- instead of thinking about the skill and dedication needed to rise to the top in the Arts.
Then again, you take some of the kids that come out for AI -- and they truly do have talent. Exhibit A : Blake Lewis -- from my state! Here he is singing the anthem at the Mariners' baseball game last night. So cute....
He has a great, marketable style and just a cute personality in addition to being a good singer. But would I ever go on American Idol? Heck, no. I can sing, but I'm better off sticking to my other talents. That's a warning to anyone who thinks I'm singing karaoke with them someday!
The problem with all of these shows, though, is that you've got instant notoriety. One day, you're a floppy-haired kid from Federal Way, Washington, the next you're SANJAYA!
So, in my mind it's probably not worth it. :) But if I did go on a reality show -- it would totally be Survivor. I would kick butt on that show -- if I didn't pass out from not eating.
How about you guys? Would you ever be on a reality show? Which one?
Heather Davis is the author of
Never Cry Werewolf
coming in 2008 from HarperCollins