Last year, I began watching many American TV shows that were contained in BitTorrent files that I downloaded from the internet. This was the only way I could see the shows that I had missed since moving to Taiwan. Some of the shows I enjoy, while others I felt were not very entertaining. My favorites turned out to be Battlestar Galactica, The Amazing Race, and The Apprentice (in that order). I downloaded and watched every episode of every season for those three series. In addition to that, I saw many of the episodes for Rock Star: Supernova and American Idol. American Idol was more popular last year than Rock Star: Supernova, but I felt the latter program had much-better singers competing.
Currently, I am still downloading and watching The Amazing Race and American Idol. Rock Star: Supernova came to a finale last year and the other series are between seasons. Battlestar Galactica, the best series I have ever seen on television, isn’t due to begin their new season until January of next year, while the others will probably begin this fall. I lost a lot of interest in The Apprentice, though, so I’ll probably not watch it, if it comes back on the air in the fall.
Another series I have been watching is Pussycat Dolls Presents: The Search for the Next Doll, but I’m not a real fan of the show. As a reality show goes, it doesn’t have a lot to be interested in. It is basically on par with America’s Next Model and American Inventor, two other shows I have seen a lot of. I am a fan of The Pussycat Dolls, though. So, I’m mildly interested in learning who will be the next member of the group. For that reason alone, I will continue to watch it to the end. Luckily, I don’t have to wait long as the next episode will be the finale.
My interest has also waned for American Idol lately. This year there was a situation with the series that sparked my interest temporarily. A bad singer, named Sanjaya Malakar made it to the final 7 contestants. It was interesting to watch as better singers got booted off the show each week, because they had fewer votes than Sanjaya. What takes place is a nationwide call-in vote is conducted two hours after the performance show each week. The contestant with the least votes is let go on the weekly results show. Surprisingly, Sanjaya wasn’t the one to go until only six other contestants remained.
The phenomenon that a poor singer could last on the popular nationwide TV show is due in part to two outside forces. First and foremost, Howard Stern thought it would be a great goof on the show to encourage the listeners of his daily satellite radio show to vote for Sanjaya. He got the idea from the second outside force, votefortheworst.com. The website was dedicated to encouraging people to vote for the worst American Idol contestant, which was Sanjaya Malakar in this case. The efforts of the two reeked havoc with the American Idol show. One of the judges on the show, Simon Cowell, threatened to quit the show if Sanjaya ended up winning. Sanjaya didn’t, however, so Simon will remain as a judge. That’s a good thing, as the other two judges don’t have the ability to criticize contestants. Without Simon, there would be no real talent show.