- Now there's a competition-based reality TV show representing just about every skill or profession, all of them promising fame to their winners and top contestants, one might wonder whether we've over-saturated pop culture with talent. American Idol, specifically, has nine seasons under its belt, each with at least 24 contestants who all expect to at least achieve minor fame from the show. There's a few contestants — not all of them season winners — who have distinguished themselves in their post-Idol lives: Kelly Clarkson is a fairly consistent radio hit-maker, Clay Aiken appeared in Spamalot during its Broadway run and is huge among everyone's aunts, Carrie Underwood has achieved success as a country singer and as a professional girlfriend, and Adam Lambert is known for simulating fellatio on national television. But oftentimes, past American Idol cast members find themselves addicted to drugs, back to being poor again, or just generally embarrassing after their 15 minutes are over.
- One might assume that the show's dubious track record might deter people from auditioning, but apparently not: hoards of aspiring singers lined up at the New Orleans Arena today to try their luck at getting a spot on the Fox show for its 10th season. We stood right by the doors where Idol rejects, who had auditioned for a panel of producers and other people who aren't Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson and Ellen Degeneres (that special slate of judges is reserved for the really good and the hilariously bad, presumably), were filing out. Some were in upbeat moods, some were in tears, some were enraged and most of them were wearing Mardi Gras beads and/or feather boas. All of them wanted to perform for us.
Idol season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini (pictured above), whom you may also know from cinematic masterpieceFrom Justin to Kelly
, was on hand to interview show hopefuls after their auditions. We couldn't hear what he was saying, but we'd like to think he told the rejects not to feel so bad, since being on American Idol doesn't necessarily result in success, anyway. He would know.
- Even through tears and rejection, all these singers wanted to do was sing, which is why you can look forward to a great video shot by Gambit's Jonathan Bachman. Be sure to keep checking the blog for it.