I admit, I watched the first two seasons: Kelly! Ruben! Some of season three was okay, but I didn’t watch any last year. I do watch the “cattle calls”, just to see the people who think they can get on the show.
Hanna’s ten rules for American Idol contestants:
- You gotta have a voice. Seriously. If you can’t sing, hold a note or a tune, don’t do it. Warbling ain’t singing.
- You gotta move. It’s about performance. You don’t need to stand there like Robert Smith (no offense, I love the Cure).
- It’s not gymnastics tryouts. You don’t have to move that much. If you perform gymnastics, you get out of breath and guess what - you’re not singing!
- Presence. You have to Own the stage and Fill the stage. No wallflowers here.
- Sexy, not trashy. Girls, you don’t need to hang it out from both ends.
- Performance, not Theatrics. No cabaret, drag-queen, or Shakespeare. Over-the-top belongs in theatre, not pop songs.
- You need a look. Rolling out of bed is not a look. And the camera must like you a little bit.
- It’s pop music, not The One Song You Can Sing. You’ve got to be versatile. The chorus from “I Shot the Sheriff” isn’t.
- It’s singing, not yelling. Volume is not a tune. You’re not singing Carmina Burana.
- No. More. Whitney. “I Will Always Love You” can only be sung by her. Don’t try it.