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American Idol – I just can’t.

Posted by Carol on January 24, 2008

Don’t get me wrong, I love American Idol, but I just can’t watch it right now. I love it when it gets to the point where the people on it actually have talent. My daughter and I pick our favorites and vote as many times as we can. The auditions just make me sad. It is about as painful for me as watching surgery on Discovery Health channel. I know there are people who try out who know they can’t sing but just want to be on TV. And I’m OK with that. But then there are the others. They are the ones who make me sad. 

First of all, I feel sorry for the ones who have no friends or family who will be honest enough about their talent -or lack thereof – to prevent them from embarrassing themselves on prime time television.  I am all for supporting your child’s or friend’s dream, just not to the point of them becoming a joke around the national water cooler. 

Then there are those who have been warned that they will humiliate themselves, but don’t believe it.  Or maybe everyone in the family is delusional and is convinced their child will be the next American Idol. They watch their loved one throw themselves at the mercy of Simon, Paula, & Randy just to have their dream crushed in front of millions of viewers. 

But the ones who make me the saddest of all are the ones – even the talented ones- whose only source of significance comes from the approval of men and the adulation of the audience.  These are the ones who are so desperate for fame that they beg, plead, and cry for another chance when they don’t get that golden ticket to Hollywood.  They are the ones who rant and rave about how Simon doesn’t know talent when he sees it and that someday they will prove him wrong.  And they say things that can’t be repeated on a family friendly blog.

It makes me sad that they don’t know the One who can give them true significance even if they never get a record deal or go on tour. It makes me sad that they think they will be happy and fulfilled only if crowds are chanting their name and asking for their autograph. It makes me sad that they don’t know that riches and fame don’t satisfy, but there is One who can satisfy their souls.  It makes me sad that they don’t know that they can have life and have it to the fullest even without becoming the next American Idol.


4 Responses to “American Idol – I just can’t.”

  1. Ransomed Soul said

    Well said, my friend, well said!

    A little bird named Dee (making her a Dee Bird) hipped me to the fact today that you had your very own blog. And I’m just so thrilled I actually know what a blog IS! I wasn’t sure I had the blog name exactly right, so I tried Googling your name first. Do you know how many Carol Mehls there are out there??!! None as dear as you, though. But I’m so glad I finally, successfully landed here. I hope to visit often. In fact, I plan on it. I’ve enjoyed and been encouraged by your morning devotions on our Women’s Retreat at Sandy Cove, as well as the times you’d get up to speak when we used to have The Tapestry Cafe.
    You go, girl!
    Be blessed,
    Pam M.

  2. I agree!

  3. Linda C said

    Well, you are a nicer person than I am, but I kind of already figured that out! I just tagged you in a meme I’m posting tomorrow. If memes aren’t fun for you, don’t feel obligated!

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