I must admit that I hate reality television. I wont turn on MTV these days, simply because that network forgot what music was years ago. It is loaded with mindless reality shows that I just can’t stand. I don’t watch Survivor, No American Race, No Biggest Loser or whatever the latest reality fad is. When I turn on the television, I hope to be entertained, and these half baked shows do nothing for me. Oddly enough, as much I loathe reality TV, I can’t turn away from American Idol. Why is that, you ask? I guess I am always hoping that I will get to see the next great rock singer. Maybe that is a crazy thought, with this being a non rock music competition, but I have my hopes.
Like it or hate it, American Idol has found some pretty talented people over the years, although it has badly been lacking in the rock department. There have been some moments over the years, which have taken me by surprise (see below). This year has been no exception, with the extremely talented Adam Lambert. Lambert continues to show off his impressive vocal range, and cool arrangements on songs each week. Much like many of you, I would be shocked for Lambert not to win this years competition on Idol. Seeing a singer of his caliber on TV makes me wonder where all of the talented singers are at in this generation of rock music.
Lets face it, I grew up listening to Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale, Geoff Tate, Axl Rose and a host of other singers with impressive range that took chances with their voices. These singers are iconic in hard rock today. I don’t see singers of the same caliber in today’s bands. Are today’s singers afraid to take the same chances with their voices? When is the last time you heard a newer singer hit a high note that made you say, “Holy Shit!”?! It doesn’t happen much these days, and that is disappointing.
With millions of people watching American Idol, and more importantly, seeing Adam Lambert sing each week. Hopefully, a new crop of talented singers will step forward that will say, “Hey, I can sing like that! “. They might not turn up on American Idol, but the influence of this program has could help uncover the next great rock singer. It can’t happen soon enough, in my opinion!
The videos below have been some of the more surprising rock moments on American Idol. Check them out!