American Idol: Label vs.Producer

One of the most problematic things on this season of Idol is the way the judges seem to constantly undermine the advice the permanent mentor gives the contestants.

Look how they treat Jacob. Jimmy keeps trying to get Jacob to tone down the  oversinging and use his glory notes properly, but when he does, the judges wonder where the real Jacob is.

The judges are the mouthpieces of the producers. The show isn’t interested in anything but ratings, especially with them bleeding out. They want drama and good television. Haley won’t make a dramatic finale.

On the other hand, Jimmy is speaking for the the label, which is a completely separate entity from the show and 19. They only want a good show in that that furthers their interests. They want singers who will sell product.

And right now, the only potential pop singer left is Haley. And yesterday they matched her with the reigning queen of pop and she did very, very well – well enough that she got a good reaction from Gaga’s fans.

Yes, the pop field is full of women, but Haley is different enough to stand out. They want Haley.

The show wants drama. They want a rock vs.country or a country vs.country showdown. Country fans watch and vote, and James has a big, vocal fanbase. Haley doesn’t-or didn’t have either of these.

Thus the tension between the  two forces on the show and the conflicting advice. We have never seen this before because RCA was never a presence. I wonder how it will play out.

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About mamadeb

I'm a devoted fan of Adam Lambert, but also of cooking, knitting, science fiction and pretty anything pop culture. I'm @_mamadeb on Twitter.
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2 Responses to American Idol: Label vs.Producer

  1. juneauxena says:

    Astute observation! It’s irrelevant in the end because Interscope will scoop up any artist they think is commercially viable, and Idol audiences will crown whomever they want, and everyone except the fans will go home happy.

  2. mamadeb says:

    Yep. Finishing high would help anyone they scoop up, and being signed gives the crown cachet, of course. But in the end, it’s all about the career.

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