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The Best & Worst Of American Idol: Seasons 1 – 4


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Highlights: C



What hit TV show has helped to destroy mainstream music as we know it?  When I was watching American Dreamz (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and realized that fans always vicariously lived through some Pop stars.  Now, the idea is to do this on the cheap.  The ironically titled The Best & Worst Of American Idol: Seasons 1 – 4 (issued in 2005) is 99% bad performances by people willing to humiliate themselves jerry Springer style while searching for the shallowest of acceptance.


Like those self-hate shows, this one debases the viewer as severely as the participants, but takes down the artform of music in the process.  It is a one-joke show, where the joke wears thin very, very quickly.  I even felt bad for some of the participants.  At what point is the price of fame and success, especially when you know you have little talent or chance of long-term survival (if you can even think of this or this coherently when selling your soul) if you “win” the contest.  Even worse, this has inspired several hit imitators.  The set is a testament to how bad the show is and a 3” DVD could have fit all you need to see from these three discs.


The 1.33 X 1 image is the lack-of-definition, color-limited professional NTSC video typical of such a cheap show.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds surprisingly and is not that great for music, but then it exceeds the music’s quality.  Extras include interviews, the Underwood/Bruce “homecoming” and Paula Abdul interview.  Poor Paula.  Even her limited DVD of six of her Music Videos was poor.  Hope she does better next time and gets her money for this stint.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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