Ratings for the 12th season of American Idol, for the lack of a nicer term, suck whale balls and they have dropped almost every week since the debut. Last week, the show’s ratings were down 33% from the same time last year, so it’s safe to say that people are growing tired of Nicki Minaj lecturing drama club kids about talent. Or maybe they’re just tired of talent shows like The Voice or X Factor in general, but either way it seems that Dave Grohl is once again the voice of reason in an otherwise autotuned world.
“I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves. That’s what bums me out about those shows where people are judged so harshly by fucking musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own fucking albums. It makes me really mad.”
He added: “I swear to God, if my daughter walked up onstage and sang her heart out and some fucking billionaire looked at her and said, ‘No, I’m sorry you’re not any good,’ I’d fucking throttle that person, I swear to God. Who the fuck are you to say what’s good or bad?”
Grohl also reckons the shows homogenise music so that “everyone sounds like fucking Christina Aguilera.” The Foo Fighters singer added: “The next time someone says you’re not a good singer say: ‘Fuck You’. I interviewed Neil Young and he said in his band someone said to him: ‘The band’s really great, but honestly you shouldn’t be the singer.’ If Neil Young had listened to that person then we wouldn’t have had any Neil Young.” (NME)
Can anyone even name the last five people who won on American Idol? Hell, the last three people? At least other countries are still trying to make their versions of American Idol relevant. Like, the Czech Republic, for instance. Last week, they had 19-year old pop singer Ewa Farna on, and she looks a hell of a lot more interesting than these Season 12 finalists. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but that Ewa Farna just grabs my attention.
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