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Beatle-Idol? Beatle-themed show to hit American Idol.

There are few things I hate more than karaoke….the problem being, however, I am not sure what they are.  OK OK, I can think of one thing-bad Beatle’s karaoke.  American Idol is not a guilty pleasure of mine.  In fact, there is nothing about the show that I find redeeming at all.  I am simply not a fan, never will be, and I am not sorry that I won’t be.  I know that this all may sound harsh, but I prefer a working band, and not some plastic front person singing to a backing track.  It’s just not my cup of tea.  It does look, however, that The Fab Four are getting more exposure (like they need it) on an upcoming American Idol.  Maybe this is an effort to pump up interest for the upcoming remasters.  Who knows?  I just hope to God that no one attempts Hey Jude, or The Long and Winding Road.  Haven’t we heard enough bad versions of those two…

Here’s what we’ve read.

Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest come back for more Idol on Tuesday.

Do you want to know a secret? American Idol is likely to put on its first Beatles-themed performance week this season.

Producers are keeping the singing contest’s winning format intact going into the sixth season (Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET/PT), but they hope a few twists will maintain and add interest.

They include:

The possible Beatles-themed week. For the first time, Idol has permission to use parts of the famed songbook of The Beatles, executive producer Ken Warwick says. “We’ve got the permission” from Sony, which owns the publishing rights, Warwick says. Certain songs are still off limits, but “they said, ‘Tell us what songs you want and we will do our best.’ “

A couple of Beatles songs have been performed on Idol, he says, but the show has never had access to enough for a themed week.

There are “enough songs certainly to get a decent show out of it, and maybe it will be the first show of the top 12” finalists, says Warwick.

Ideally, the week’s mentor would be Paul McCartney or Beatles producer George Martin, Warwick says, but no such plans are in place yet.

An online competition to write the first song for the next Idol. “It’s in the very final stages of being put in place,” says Martha Brass, executive vice president of 19 Entertainment, a producer of the show.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of Idol producer FremantleMedia North America, says she thinks the contest will happen, but details still need to be worked out. Brass is more assertive: “There’s no question about it happening.”

The contest, the idea of Idol creator Simon Fuller, would call for a contestant to write and produce a song and then upload it to a website.

A group of experts, including Fuller, would choose a small number of the offerings, perhaps 100 at most, that fans could listen to and vote for online, Brass says.

During the season, Idol would like to hold a special in which former Idol singers would perform 10 or so of the fan favorites, with viewers then voting to pick songs for the two Idol finalists, she says.

An April special. “When we get down to the final six (singers), we’re going to have a big special, with lots of stars. It might be an extra day” during that week, Warwick says.

Source: USA Today


5 Responses

  1. There is only one way to deal with this….
    Continue to totally ignore this show!

    A splendid time is guarenteed for none.

  2. i have to agree with you- i can’t quite grasp the popularity of a show like american idol. i think any real performer/musician would much rather try to “make it” by playing in dingy clubs and coffee shops- it’s much more enjoyable. the only good thing about all of this is that it involves the beatles- and even that makes me a little uncomfortable on my seat.

  3. If the show has any redeeming value at all, it is as a comedy. To take the music seriously, is the worst joke of all.

  4. that’s is utterly true, i too would prefer a hard-working band working their way to the top intead of singing bad kareoke.
    the shows got nothing going for it,
    not to mention the over sing the beatle songs, leave them as you are your pop-crap singers.
    american idol ruins good songs and turns it into shitty 3rd collections of performances, they sing a beatle song they have to nail it otherwise, those bitches can burn in hell.

  5. Excellently done posting, if only all bloggers offered up the same high quality information the net would be a good deal better place. Please continue to keep up the good work! Cheers.

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