Kinder, Sweeter ‘American Idol’ Just Did Something Sort of Shockingly Cruel and Awful

Posted: February 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

“Hollywood Week” in Season 13 of “American Idol” took a grim new turn as axed contestants only learned their fate on a bus back to LAX.

Dr. Pamela Rutledge‘s insight:

Fan identification works both ways.  Disrespect of contestants = disrespect of fans.  The #Idol producers need to call in a media psychologist (hint, hint!) How ironic that they didn’t see how cheated the fans would feel on behalf of the contestants for airplane hanger re-auditions and the Bus 1, Bus 2 trick. If you want the audience to live vicariously and root for contestants through the challenges and victories, you have to expect them to react personally to such contrived mistreatment.  

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