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AMERICAN IDOL
(2007-01-25)
(wgvu) - WHILE IT MAY NOT BE YOUR FAVORITE SHOW, AMERICAN IDOL IS BACK ON THE AIR. BUT THIS SEASON, WE'RE HEARING MORE NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT SIMON, PAULA AND RANDY.
AMERICAN IDOL IS ONE OF THOSE SHOWS WHICH FEW ARE LUKEWARM ABOUT. BUT LOVE IT OR HATE IT, AS AUDITIONS BEGIN FOR SEASON SIX, CRITICS ARE GETTING INCREASINGLY **VOCAL ABOUT HOW CONTESTANTS ON THE SHOW ARE TREATED.
WHILE SOME OF THEM ARE BELIEVED TO BE MENTALLY OR EMOTIONALLY DISABLED, CRITICS OBSERVE THEY'RE STILL FAIR GAME FOR SHARP-TONGUED JUDGES. PATTY WILLIAMSON IS AN INSTRUCTOR IN THE BROADCAST AND CINEMATIC ARTS DEPARTMENT AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY. SHE OBSERVES THAT ONE OF THE LATEST CONTESTANTS WAS A SPECIAL OLYMPIAN, BUT WAS STILL THE TARGET OF CRITICISM AND RIDICULE BY JUDGES. WILLIAMSON SAYS ALTHOUGH THE PROGRAM EVENTUALLY ENDS UP WITH A SMALL POOL OF TALENTED FINALISTS, IT'S MOST TROUBLING IN THE EARLY ROUNDS, WHEN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE - MANY WITH QUESTIONABLE TALENT - GO ON NATIONAL NATIONAL TELEVISION FOR AUDITION.

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