the Idol phenomenon

August 29, 2006

Many people sneer at Australian Idol. Yet, millions watch it every week. Me – I get shivers in my spine to watch it. The show evokes some kind of weird emotion in me, an emotion that is normally left sleeping. I’m still trying to decide what’s so fascinating. I guess it appeals to the universal human urge to be seen and watched and applauded. And what these kids are doing is revealing themselves, expressing their emotions and they are being loved and accepted by the judges and the public. So it’s a healing experience for some. Maybe that’s what all of us need on some level, to be able to express yourself and have people like what they see. There are some contestants who say they have never been appreciated or believed in by anyone. They are devastated when they lose and overwhelmed when they win.

I’m hooked.

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