Re: MSNBC Article: American Idol has begun its decline
The ploy of putting Sanjaya on the show is working like a charm for Fox...so far. NBC Nightly News had a feature on his role on the show last night. How often can you get a plug from a rival network? Do you think NBC would have been doing a feature to say "meanwhile, American Idol is moving right along, with a completely normal Season Six..."?
In the end, this will backfire, as those (like me) who wanted to take the show seriously won't be able to do so anymore. It kinda reminds me of the old Phil Donahue show. He started in the early days with a good show with serious topics. But then when the Springers of the world started getting better ratings with their bar room brawls, he resorted to the same tactics, and his show became a trash fest. Not saying Idol will become a trash fest, but I think its legitimacy has been compromised. Stories like the one at votefortheworst.com that reveal the inner workings of the show further that compromise.