The American Idol caravan rolled thru Vancouver recently...and I foolishly wasted my time going for them.
Now to be fair, SOME of the cast were pleasant. I have no qualms with Danny Gokey, Scott MacIntyre & Michael Sarker. I even think the winner, Kris Allen, is probably an alright guy in the right situation. But that is where my praise ends.
I have been an AVID hater of American Idol since it erupted onto the scene several years ago. I really find it annoying how shows like that & all the other reality crapfests can exist while good entertaining programs like Dead Like Me, Robson Arms & others are cancelled. I think they are the lowest form of entertainment and an astounded daily how many people foolishly watch this crap.
So I guess me writing a scathing blog about them isnt a shock really. But it actually is. See, when I go for an entertainer I go in with the idea of giving them a chance to impress me, to sell me on their product. Proof that I follow thru on such things is in the fact I rented Twilight..n movie I swore up & down I would never see....but eventually rented when the cast was in a word, great. Even though Robert Pattinson is a bigger star than Adam Lambert, and has heard it all about "dont sign for THOSE guys" he still does it. Kristen Stewart, the shows occasionally gruff leading lady who clearly doesnt LIKE the part of being a celebrity that includes autograph hounds & paps, just bites her tongue & does it, even though she probably doesnt like it. Why?? because they know that you can win a new fan as easily as lose an old fan. Its something Mr. Lambert hasnt learned yet.
The fact that 3 or 4 members of AIs travelling fiasco were truly nice is irrelevant, because the ones that were not outweigh the nice ones. When the cast came back to the hotel NOT EVEN ONE of them stopped to sign for the 5 professionals & 7 fans waiting, including a kid of elementary school age & a tweenish aged girl...and they werent even all there for Adam. One of them was there for some female singer who completely blew them off.
This is where I find disgust with the cast. Adam Lambert, the shows wildly popular star had 2 options here, 1- sign for a few people in a calm & controlled setting, taking up maybe a minute of his life, or 2- Listen to some $9 an hr lackey whore who apparently tells him what to think & undoubtedly probably picks out his clothes & make up as well I assume. He shrugged his shoulders & said "I cant". WHAT?? You......cant? Cant? Like physically incapable of the minimal human skill of scrawling something on an item with a pen type item? Seriously? Funny Adam, I watched you sign a few dozen autographs at GM Place just 20 mins earlier. You actually forgot how to do that in 20 mins? I suggest going to see a doctor QUICK! Because clearly you are suffering from serious illness to have forgotten a basic skill that quickly.
Now obviously Adam CAN do it. What he was saying in a poorly worded way was "The people who get paid $9 hr to be my shadow & make sure I dont do anything un-PC & sully the more carefully watched image than Disney, American Idol, have told me not to sign autographs outside of PR based events like the post show meet & greet". For this, I have a problem with THE SHOW & ITS STAFF.
Adam did sign quite a few autographs a little earlier...but even that, the slimeball weasel ratbags who put it on managed to fuck up considerably. They had a long railed off section for fans to stand around. I was there first, front & center. There was NO WAY for them to get by me without signing for me. I was the very first person (in theory) they would see as they came up. Adam was the first one up. What they did was have him sign for a couple VIPs on a different side of the rail set up. Once done with them, the $9 hr peon bitch looked at the crowd, saw 2 adult males at the front & said "we're going to start at the other end Adam" & with Adam already having an item & pen in hand to sign, he was whisked away & had to hand the item back unsigned. At the beginning Adam signed a lot. Every person in the front row & likely many others in row 2 & 3 got him. As he got about 1/2 thru though it slowed down to MOST people in the front row getting him. When he got to the last quarter of the crowd he was skipping 2-3 people at a time & scrawling illegible circles instead of his generally recognizable autograph that moderately looks like his name. Sure enough, as he got to the end of the line, and passed the first few people he saw on the way up, the same ones he promised at the beginning with "I'll be back", he skipped the last 3 or 4 of us & was rushed away down the ramp with his bitch peon whispering in his ear to not sign anymore. Classless action by the shows staff....just as classless by Mr. Lambert. Its HIS career on the line, not hers. HE is the one who should decide what & who to sign for. HE is the one who has to please fans & literally 100s went away unimpressed with him being rushed thru.....especially since he was the first one out. The rest of the cast were still out there, he was going to do nothing but sit on a bus for 10-15 minutes while the rest did their signing. This was a classless move. You dont leave that many fans emptyhanded if you have the time. ...especially ones you vocally assured you were going to get on your way back.
Unbeknownst to Mr. Lambert (or some of the other AI peons...aka, other contestants.. like the small black girl who has some nickname that sounds like a rapper that I am too lazy to look up) & the $9 hr peons, their chance to win me over now rested solely on their interaction at the hotel. They failed HORRIBLY. Adam undoubtedly cost himself CD sales thru this little diva action. I have bought more than a few CDs from people in the past for no other reason than they were nice. The show cost itself possible sales & viewership from me, and any who dare read my ramblings & deem it logical to boycott them as well.
The show sends these wannabes out on tour in hopes of promoting their product. Well, they unpromoted it with the actions that night. I strongly suggest the people in charge or American Idol find the staff that were in charge of telling the stars not to sign & fire them. because its YOUR bottom line that gets hurt by it. Sure the show will still make $$, but it will make a bit less $$ now.
To top off my misery, and probably the reason I am more angry than usual, I received some type of stomach injury from being pressed against the security rails they had set up when the 5+ rows of people all pushed forward to try & get Adam as he came by at our end. I dont know if its a bruise or a pulled muscle, or something much more serious yet. What I do know is its caused me considerable discomfort & some pain since & it was all for nothing. I left that night with 2 Kris Allen autographs & nothing more. Considering where I was situated I should have gotten severla autographs from several of the cast. But the blonde chick walked by without stopping, the red headed chick did the same & so did the east indian guy. Only Kris actually stopped & signed for the very first people he saw. I am sure some signed coming back thru, but I was out of there by then.
The saddest part is, I have heard from multiple people that Adam is a "nice guy" including a hound here who got him to sign 3 items inside the hotel after the show. Perhaps he is. Unfortunately, hes ruining that image quickly by taking the advice from people who dont have HIS best interest at heart. He lost at the very least, the chance to gain fans in Vancouver, at worst he lost fans. I dont know what the handful of fans thought of him, but I know the professionals found his actions (and that of the crew as well) to be bad & prickish....and that includes 2 of them that managed to get him in the wild scrum at the arena in the 100s of people out there.
Mr. Lambert & more specifically the crew & overlords of American Idol need to learn a VERY valuable rule.... If you are in the entertainment business, treat EVERYONE good, because all it takes is 1 negative review for people to read & your product, regardless how fascinating it might seem, can be brought down. I wont do it myself obviously, this blog doesnt get THAT MANY hits...but it could happene eventally if this show isnt careful about marketing & giving the entertainers AND STAFF lessons on Public Relations.
Perhaps someday down the road an AI star will woo me & make me ease on my stance some. Maybe Paula Abdul (who btw I met many years ago & was super nice) will come to my door & apologize for their products classlessness in person. I dunno. What I do know is, as it stands right now, my gut instincts about this show were right....its crap & so are they. Now my actual gut has another instinct, OWWWWWWWWW.