Hate American Idol? Watch it Wednesday night anyway

Idol Gives Back

Do you hate American Idol? Me too.

I used to hate American Idol for three reasons:

1. Simon is a mean-spirited S.O.B. and I cringed whenever he skewered the hapless no-talent contestants

2. Everything about it wss cheesy: the graphics, the music, the setup . . . you name it

3. It was all about selling records, nothing more, nothing less

But resistance is futile, isn’t it? I was converted by my wife and I admit Idol is now one of my guilty pleasures. One of the main reasons why is because of Idol Gives Back.

In 2007, Idol Gives Back pulled off the biggest charitable event of the year by raising over $75 million dollars in one evening.

They are doing it again this year, and here’s where the money will go:

The show will be entertaining, for sure. Expect appearances by top celebrities from the music, motion picture and television industries, and messages from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain showing their support.

Why I hate American Idol now

1. That S.O.B. Simon is usually right

2. It’s still cheesy in just about every way

3. It sucks up too much of my time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

On Wednesday, April 9th, watch Idol Gives Back by tuning in to Fox at 7:30/6:30 Central.

And give, baby, give.

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Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • larry says:

    I still dont like a/i
    Fact is television has gone to the crapper…Reality shows should be dumped…Bring back Cosby Every body loves Raymond and the likes
    I think that the problem with the kids today is the now stuff on the tele…
    sex…violence…wrong message is getting out…try reading a book
    Thats just my opinion…..

  • I agree – most of television really isn’t very good. Our TiVO is filled with educational programs for the kids and I only watch two or three shows

    That’s ultimately why I posted this. Lots of people hate American Idol, but most people (especially readers of The Responsible Marketing Blog) want to do the right thing.

    And Idol Gives Back raises a LOT of money for worthy causes. It’s meant to help children and young people in extreme poverty here at home in the U.S. and abroad, and due to the popularity of the show, they are able to do some real good.

    Try reading a book? I couldn’t agree more.

    In fact, one of the Idol Gives Back causes is children’s literacy. There was a moving segment last night where they showed volunteers bringing bags full of books to underprivileged children.

    One day a year, I’d love see all of America sit through this one episode of Idol. Because by the time it’s over, you can’t help but give.

  • C. S. Bender says:

    My daughters-in-law drug me in kicking and screaming, now I am hooked! Idol Gives Back consolidated it.

  • I really loved the final 5 American idol group medley last night. It was a pity to see Aaron Kelly eliminated however I think the other singers were better singers so he needed to go!

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