Pia Toscano Idol


Tonight is the big night for Scotty or Lauren, but not Pia Toscano. The early loss of Toscano back in April provided an emotional example of the problems that can occur when one doesn’t embrace failure. When everyone is a winner, then the official losers become random. Sometimes straight talking candour about weaknesses is better all around. MSNBC commented

“The judges are extremely unhappy with the “American Idol” voters for their decision to send Pia Toscano home on Wednesday. ‘I’m shocked. I’m angry. I don’t even know what to say,’ J.Lo ranted, faulting the voters for failing to read her mind and discern which of the nine heavily praised finalists she loved better than others. ‘I’m with Jennifer. We’re all in shock. I’m gutted. You’re one of the best singers in this. I’m never upset on this show, but this makes me mad. Really mad,’ Randy Jackson told the tearful Toscano. It was a display of passion that would have been more useful had his preference for her been made clear 24 hours earlier…But if the results really surprised the judges, then they should keep in mind that very few of the show’s viewers have the power to read minds. It would have been impossible to gauge that the panel loved Toscano more than anyone else in the competition because they gave lavish praise to everyone , and ended the show by saying everyone was great and they didn’t know who people should vote for. If the judges truly love everyone and don’t care who people keep around, then they should keep on doing what they’re doing. But if they want the audience to vote in a certain way, the least they could do is make those preferences clear. If the judges think everyone deserves a share of first place, they can’t complain when sheer random chance causes someone they secretly like better than the others to finish in ninth place.”

I’m not a big Idol or X-Factor fan, but I do fancy the quirky hijinx of Britain’s Got Talent which is now well under way as well as the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and the American counterpart ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Curiously, ‘DWTS’ has faced the exact same issue. With BGT this year, I wondered at the outset what the impact would be of the neutering of the judging panel with the retirements of top critiquers Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell. Both could be counted on for some choice call-outs on failures. Now the panel is pretty much a uniform squad of cheerleaders – the funny one, the pretty one and the eccentric one. I think the model panel is ‘Got To Dance’. Kimberley, Adam and Ashley regularly provided truly balanced and appropriately critical feedback which just as astutely and diplomatically. They called out the failures as they saw them. Including web sensation ‘Happiness’ who seems to be a talent show poster child for embracing failure.

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