The Boston Herald has a simple message for fans: Donâ€™t feel so sad for the dissed on American Idol.
For some, itâ€™s the best thing that ever happened to them.
Last week, judge Simon Cowell said Kenneth Briggs looked like a â€œbush babyâ€ and mocked Jonathan Jayneâ€™s weight.
Since their American Idol Six spanking, Briggs - who says he wants to go by the name Michael Swale - and Jayne have been working the talk show circuit. They appeared last week on ABCâ€™s â€œJimmy Kimmel.â€
Yesterday, the two sat down for a chat with Todayâ€™s Meredith Vieira that seemed to run twice as long as the showâ€™s segment on Hillary Clintonâ€™s decision to run for president.
Jayne confessed to Vieira that heâ€™d next like to hit her old stomping ground, The View.
Surprise: They both have managers. If they can keep their chokehold on the spotlight, they may have careers worthy of William Hung. Remember him?
Yes, the judges on Foxâ€™s American Idol are mean.
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Itâ€™s not until the live rounds - when viewers take control and decide who goes on to the next round - that American Idol transforms itself from the ugly stepsister of reality shows to the Cinderella story we all love.
Whatâ€™s irksome is how much the judges moan about their long days and how they canâ€™t put up with listening to one more bad singer.
Please. They are paid millions - millions - for what is a part-time gig in which they get to act like Hollywood fairy godmothers and set someone on a path to wealth and fame. And they act like itâ€™s an imposition for them to be there, that theyâ€™re doing the world a favor.
But itâ€™s too much to expect a little class from American Idol. After five seasons, however, we need to stop being surprised by the off-note dramatics.