Disclaimer: Before I get started on the topic, I want to assure everyone that I am NOT Rodney Ho. Rodney is currently on a very special vacation and will return next week. I am not a journalist. I’m not even a very good writer. But I AM opinionated and I DO love “American Idol.” So bear with me for the week as I try my darnedest to keep Rodney’s popular blog afloat while he enjoys his much deserved and delayed honeymoon.
It came to my attention on Saturday that not everyone likes spoilers. Being a spoiler fanatic myself, this should have come as a big surprise to me, but I honestly get it.
A little history: We started posting spoilers on this blog about 4 or 5 years ago. By we, I mean fellow blogster Mike S who had come to be known as our resident researcher. Due to a change in Mike’s job, he felt he could no longer put the time into researching spoilers and handed the reins and some of his sources to me. Up until last year, most spoilers were about what song each contestant was singing and in what order the contestants would sing. These spoilers in my opinion are pretty harmless and shouldn’t interfere with anyone’s enjoyment of the show.
Last year, a whole new wrinkle was thrown into the land of spoilerdom. Joe’s Place, another American Idol blog, had spies everywhere in Hollywood and by the time Hollywood Week aired on TV, most of us had read Joe’s incredibly accurate spoiler list of the top 50 contestants at least 3 weeks earlier.
This year the powers-that-be at “American Idol” have delayed taping Hollywood Week, which is usually scheduled for early December, until this past week in January. They will tell you it was because of scheduling difficulties, but after Joe’s Place’s coup last year, if you believe that I have bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested in buying. Joe’s Place is working diligently to give us the results of Hollywood Week again this year. They have already named 15 of our future Top 24…and I have little doubt that they will know all 24 by the time this is posted.
I have to say I object to this. I really don’t want to know the Top 24 when we’re only two cities into the audition rounds. Finding out before the show begins what song a contestant will sing is fun. Finding out that the really great looking guy with the great sounding voice didn’t get past Hollywood Week is a whole other thing. Why even watch the audition shows? (believe me, I’ve asked myself that question almost every year of Idol’s existence). Yeah, every now and then we get fun stuff like Larry Platt’s “Pants On the Ground“, but if we already know the Top 24, what’s the point?
The BIG question however is, how long will I be able to resist looking at the list? I have absolutely no willpower when it comes to stuff like this. And once I’ve looked at the list, how long will it be before my evil side takes over and I post it?
I guess the point I’m trying to make is there seems to be two types of spoilers: the fun kind and the kind that spoils the fun.
That’s why I need you opinions on this topic.