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Quick Takes

Jul 15, 2002  •  Post A Comment

“I think the show’s pretense that a contest like this can unearth real talent is the true cruelty perpetrated on both viewers and participants. This show’s purpose is to expose vulnerable young performers to ridicule for ratings.”
Eric Deggans, television critic, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times
“At this point in the reality genre, if contestants on these programs haven’t figured out that their Machiavellian deal involves swapping their dignity for a shot at fleeting, fairly cheesy fame … then they simply haven’t been paying attention”
David Kronke, television critic, Los Angeles Daily News
“ The only difference in `Idol’ from `Star Search’ or … `The Original Amateur Hour’ is we as an audience are actually seeing the cold, blunt feedback any young entertainment hopeful experiences if he or she strikes out on a show business career.”
Steve Beverly, broadcasting professor, Union University, Jackson, Tenn.