Where's the singing?
My main question is: what exactly is their schedule? When exactly will the singing commence? They launched the show many months ago and they succeeded in creating a huge buzz . Unfortunately, they seemed to have squandered the opportunity by taking their own sweet time. Instead of doing a daily show, they compressed everything to an every-Sunday thing. In this day and age of instant gratification, who has the patience to wait up that long? They could have gained a more solid and loyal following if they showed more footage of the auditions every night. Some of those clips were truly hilarious and beats Bitoy's Funniest Videos, even Wow Mali! anytime.
And just when you thought the real singing would finally commence, just when you begin anticipating some excitement, they spend one whole week introducing the male semi-finalists. Aaarggh! So those looking forward to Philippine Idol becoming a singing contest will just have to wait. Of course, there is the showdown of the 12 female semi-finalists on Saturday. But after that, Philipine Idol will be reduced to Eye To Eye, one whole week of putting up with Heart Evangelista make small giggly talk with the semi-finalists.
It is a singing contest, darn it.
If the show last Saturday is harbinger of sorts, boy, we are in for some really lame judging. Ryan Cayabyab tried to live up to his name as the country's foremost music expert - but his attempts at objectivity was no match to his co-jurors' exuberance and fanatacism. Francis M's worst comment was: "I hope you get in so you can do better next time." What kind of comment is that? And Pilita Corrales seemed more interested in flirting with Ryan Agoncillo (I do not think that is necessarily bad, but I would wanted more analysis from her end).
It does not help of course that they are taping the show inside a venue that was meant to be, and really is, a moviehouse! No wonder they are having problems with their audio and lighting.
ABC 5 wake up!