When I learned the truth about American Idol, I realized our nation will never be the same now that it’s about to be gone.
American Idol may not be as popular as it was in the beginning, but when you learn what the show has been doing behind the scenes, you’ll wish it wasn’t ending. This blew my mind…
Exactly 9 months after 9/11 stole the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans in an instant, a small TV show named American Idol became the bright light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel.
Not many Americans realize that American Idol debuted on June 11, 2002, the 9-month anniversary of the darkest day in American history.
Instead of being glued to the TV screens and watching the latest update on Osama bin Laden, instead of reliving that tragic day over and over with the scene of two planes crashing into the Twin Towers replaying on the news, instead of worrying how we could ever recover from 9/11 as a nation – we were able to see everyday people auditioning for the chance of a lifetime, all while being entertained AND in control unlike ever before.
“It’s such a phenomenon! “American Idol” is THE biggest television show of my generation. To be a part of the show and the brand, and a part of everything that has come since then, there are a few people that can say that, and I’m very honored to be one of those people.” – Carrie Underwood
American families finally had something new to enjoy watching together. It was the pleasure we needed, and it brought every American together in a way we had never experienced before – at a time when we needed it the most. Above all else, American Idol restored our hope.
Here’s 11 Ways American Idol Made America The Best Country Ever:
#1: It taught us “the American dream” can be a reality…
Before she emerged from a suburb in Texas to become the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson struggled to pursue a music career in Los Angeles and supported herself with a variety of odd jobs. In addition, Kelly didn’t let the challenges she endured growing up with an estranged father and financial problems define her.
“My mom had to do everything on her own. She put herself through school. It was really hard. I think watching that molded me into this person who wants to relay a message to women everywhere that they’re capable of doing whatever they set their mind to. It made an impact on me even though I didn’t know it at the time. Now I see it while I’m making these songs that I hope will inspire people.” Kelly Clarkson.
#2: It exposed the foolishness being politically correct…
Americans became instantly addicted to Simon Cowell’s brutal honesty. His unapologetic integrity was the wake-up call we never knew we needed.
“You have to judge everything based on your personal taste. And if that means being critical, so be it. I hate political correctness. I absolutely loathe it.” – Simon Cowell.
#3: It brought Christianity into the homes of millions…
True to the spirit of Simon’s anti-politically correct practices, the show was never afraid of who it would “offend” if contestants sang about their Christian faith. American Idol’s final 8 contestants even sang one of the greatest Christian songs of all time, “Shout to the Lord”, in 2008.
Carrie Underwood’s first single on her debut album was even titled “Jesus, Take The Wheel.” The Country-Christian song became a crossover hit, won Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song, and has sold 2.5 million copies in the U.S. alone as of today.
#4: It made us admire the men and women who serve our country even more…
It’s extremely rare to see a tv show not only give our troops the respect they deserve, but also honor their extraordinary talents. Year after year, American Idol has supported the men and women who have sacrificed so much for us – no matter how much liberal Hollywood might shame them for doing so.
We’ve seen several military members, such as former marine Josh Gracin, audition for the show. We’ve also cried uncontrollably while watching the emotional reunions between contestants and their military family members.
#5: It showed us that true love still exists…
American Idol has influenced and collaborated with music artists who value the sacredness of marriage. Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, have become the couple that every marriage should look up to. In addition, judges Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban always praise their wives.
“I love my wife and I know she loves me. We’re best friends. We’re just lucky to have found each other. It takes a lot of work but I just feel very blessed that I found the right person. It’s a very fortunate situation and not everyone has that.” – Harry Connick Jr.
#6: It brought back the importance of thick skin…
“When God was kicked out of our schools, truth also packed its bags and children were left to find meaning in cheap diplomas and certificates of participation. But the real world does not function on the measure of one’s sincerity no matter how hard one works – if the hard work one produces is still below average. And it cares even less about one’s self-esteem. The fact is, being judged for the actual quality of their performance and not quality of their desire obliterates the bubble of self-esteem inflated over the years by a culture of mediocrity — and worse.” – Sociology Expert
“What we see in American Idol is the fruit of a hollow generation where no one was ever cut from a team, few if any have ever been allowed to “fail” and all were given an abundance of ribbons, awards, and trophies. And so this generation of deluded adults struggle through life bewildered why everyone doesn’t bow to their demand for success; a demand founded on the perilous sands of false compliments and worthless awards.” – Sociology Expert
#7: It was a nuclear bomb Americans dropped on the entertainment industry…
For the first time in pop culture history, Americans were finally given what THEY wanted. I’ll never forget how mind-blowing it was when I realized I could call and vote for Kelly Clarkson with my flip phone.
“The premise of American Idol put the star-making power traditionally held by industry executives in the hands of its audience. That’s shaped the way a generation of music fans support their favorite musicians.” – TIME Magazine
#8: It revealed the beauty of vulnerability…
We’ve seen Keith Urban unashamedly break down in tears from watching emotional performances AND because he’s overwhelmed with his love for music.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Kelly Clarkson recently performed “Piece By Piece”, her song that illustrates the hope her husband restored after all the damage caused by her estranged father. Kelly’s tearful performance was so raw, moving, and unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the history of television.
#9: It brought us the Ryan Seacrest empire that we all love to hate…
The American Idol host has gone from frosted tips and tans, to producing some of the most influential media. Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve is in safe hands – even if it’s the same hands that created another empire we all love to hate, Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Remember that time Ryan tried to high-five a blind contestant after he auditioned? Never forget.
#10: It taught us to never give up on our dreams…
Jennifer Hudson was voted off after Simon Cowell told her “You’re out of your depth in this competition” when she was a contestant on American Idol in 2004 at the age of 25. The singer admitted to crying the entire next day but she continued pursuing her dreams and auditioned for the highly-anticipated film Dreamgirls. Although Jennifer had no acting experience, she beat 783 other hopefuls to the role – including Fantasia Barrino, the American Idol winner. She went on to win a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and Simon eventually acknowledged her “extraordinary” talent.
“Don’t block your blessings. Don’t let doubt stop you from getting where you want to be.” – Jennifer Hudson
#11: It helped Americans heal together…
When American Idol started airing shortly after 9/11, we needed something to put a smile on our nation as a whole. The show gave us hope, unity, and pleasure. No matter what genre of music you preferred, whether you were from the boondocks or the concrete jungle, American Idol was the bright light that people of all diversities enjoyed together after the darkness that 9/11 brought.
“American Idol transcends age, gender, ethnicity, everything.” – Carrie Underwood
American Idol gave us hope of all diversities. It symbolized that as long as you work hard and take chances, your dreams can become a reality.
According to TIME Magazine, “American Idol was a victim of its own success. The show, which helped teach Americans to vote for their favorites, ended up getting voted out of viewers’ lives.”
I vividly remember being moved to tears as I watched the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, make pop culture history with her monumental win. She was a normal girl with incredible dreams from a small-town in Texas, just like me.
I’ll admit, I don’t watch the show as much since Carrie Underwood won. It’s not because of “boring” judges or unimpressive talent. I’ve just simply gotten busier, but I still respect the show for its contributions to humanity. American Idol is nostalgic, it’s one of the few TV shows I still enjoy with my parents as an adult whenever I get to visit – and I can’t say that about many TV shows, and especially when it comes to reality or competition shows.
No TV rating can convey the impact American Idol has made on the recovery of our nation. No hateful tweet can discredit the hope it has instilled in viewers. And no other TV show can claim they became a sociological spectacle like American Idol did.
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Thank you, American Idol. You will be missed.