Wednesday, January 19, 2011

You Never Forget Your First Time

american-idol

Tonight is the season premier of the new season of American Idol.
In light of such an occasion we figured we'd share with you an excerpt from the book Amnesia and I are writing.

In this chapter Amnesia discusses going on national Television for the first time and recounts her infamous American Idol appearance durring the show's first season (video below).


(Amnesia's audition skip to 4:50)

The book has many helpful tips sprinkled throughout as Amnesia tells you fun stories. Here is a taste where she talks of the impending doom of American Idol:

However, the impending death of American Idol is not necessarily a bad thing. Surely the show will be missed being that for millions of people it has become a rite of passage. It’s where ordinary citizens learn the cruel reality that not everyone is meant to become a pop star. Some of us make a small ripple while others make a big splash. But as I always say:

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE RIPPLE OR THE SPLASH BUT THE FACT THAT YOU HAD THE COURAGE TO JUMP IN THE WATER IN THE FIRST PLACE.

My point is: you got to get wet. GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER! I was referring to jumping into the pool of life and getting wet. You have to participate and give the world, your world, a show. You don’t have to go on national television to do it either. You can start with your family and friends. Touch them and you will see the ripples grow over time. And you know what I mean when I say “touch them” right? GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER! I mean touch them emotionally. Be KIND and LOVE them.

BE KIND AND LOVE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND YOU WILL BECOME A SUPERSTAR TO THEM!



(Exclusive footage from the American Idol DVD)

That being said, I think AMERICAN IDOL has served its purpose. After all, it came to life before the YouTube.com era. But now that we have YouTube.com do we really need American Idol? YouTube.com is a video sharing website on which users can upload and share videos. There are potentially millions of videos of singer/songwriters putting their talent out on the Internet for the world to judge every day. It’s like cutting the middleman (American Idol) out of the equation. Now people all over the world can find an audience and also experience first hand the admiration AND the harsh criticism of strangers.

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Will you be watching American Idol this year?