They’ve recently marked the end of the long-running show American Idol.
More than the run-of-the-mill reality show; its format augmented talent discovery by engaging us in the discovery process. A modern version of an old story we love to enjoy — the show allowed us to play a role in offering contestants their chance to change their lives and the face of music.
Whether you are still watching American Idol today really isn’t important. (To be honest, I’ve opted to watch The Voice the last couple of years). It is the mechanism of talent identification that American Idol employed that mattered.
We have been exposed to artists (and music) that we would have likely never experienced. At certain points during the show’s run, I even became emotionally engaged with the process. (I stopped watching Season 3 after Jennifer Hudson was eliminated. I was glad to see…
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