PAGE 6 • OPINION ARTESIAN HERALD•MARCH 21, 2008 Television 101 American Idol alters seventh season On Jan 15, the annual season of the hit Last season, American Idol received an abundant amount of criticism. Com- By reality show American Idol premiered. The plaints were that the judges and producers were too harsh and disrespectful Kennedy Humphrey show has made some minor changes for the to the contestants. I have heard many complaints about the producers on better due to American Idol completely tearing down the new ideas self-esteem of their contestants to make the and old criticism. Other than those small show more dramatic and entertaining. variations, the new season of American Idol Former co-host of American Idol, Ryan is not different from the old ones. Dunkleman, told the Associated Press, I American Idol still searches for the best quite honestly had a very difficult time with singer in the country between the ages of 16 how cruel the show was. It really affected and 28. Every American citizen of the right me. age is eligible to audition for the show. If On previous seasons of American Idol, the contestants pass the first audition, they only the top 12 contestants had to choose are taken to Hollywood to audition at a which songs to sing according to the more difficult level. This season when shows weekly theme. Now in order to competing in Hollywood, the contestants make the show more fun and entertaining, had the option of playing an instrument the top 24 contestants have to abide by a while singing or having instruments weekly theme as well. Producers were played for them. This element was first put hoping this would improve American Idols into play on Australian Idol. American Idol ratings. eventually decided to use the same rule. I think this was a good change for the The top 24 singers from the Hollywood show. One of their best weekly themes were round move on and compete in a semi-final photo courtesy of blog gossip songs by the Beatles. It is interesting to weekly audition in which the viewers These are the three judges and host of American Idol. In the front is watch all the contestants with completely decide which contestants move on to the former popstar Paula Abdul, to the far left is well-known judge Simon different personalities sing songs of the finals and which ones leave the competi- Cowell, in the middle is the host Ryan Seacrest, and to the far right is same genre. tion. The male and female contestants are award-winning rock bassist Randy Jackson. These four make up part I think American Idol has improved for the separated into two groups and only com- of American Idols personality. better. I also think the producers will keep pete with their own gender until the finals round. In the finals round, the top improving the show more and more by critiquing themselves every year. 12 contestants are combined into one group to compete against each other for When speaking of American Idol, Simon Cowell said, The most important the title of the 2008 American Idol. thing is the show has got to look better. Its got to be more fun as a show, and The returning host of American Idol is Ryan Seacrest. The show also has all if it is, I think more people will watch. the same returning judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson. I think he is right. Semi-Pro shoots and misses completely But again, Jackie isnt a very good Jackie motivator when it comes to the sport. Moon(Ferrell) Coming to a He cares more about the theatrics of is an owner, Theater Near You it all instead of the fundamentals. operator, The rest of his teammates, including coach, and By Cory Bunnell Coffee Black (Andre Benjamin) and player on old NBA pro Monix (Woody Michigans In the new film Semi-Pro, its the Harrelson), decide to take that matter Flint 70s all over again. Michigans into their own hands. Monix labels Tropics. At favorite minor league basketball star, himself the teams new coach in every game Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell), also Moon offensive and defensive tactics, while attempts to happens to be the coach and owner Jackie still remains coach by name. gain crowd of his own team. The Flint Tropics Semi-Pro is a bad film, even by participa- arent a very good team in terms of traditional Will Ferrell standards. tion. Here the sport of basketball, but they The jokes are recycled from previous he is certainly are an entertaining bunch. films, last too long, or try too hard to performing Moon himself even has a somewhat disgust the audience. Saturday Night his only popular disco song making its way Live may have done this material disco hit to around the club circuit. Only problem some justice, but it just wasnt good rally the is the public are starting not to care enough to stretch into a full length crowd. about him anymore. film. Dont get me wrong, it was Photo courtesy of imdb.com Tropics games are all but empty funny in parts, but weve seen it all and Moon just found out that his before, literally. Moon is the same much better than it turned out to be. bad. I guess I recommend it, but teams league is about to go under. character that Ferrell plays in every I left the theater wishing I had seen dont expect side splitting laughter The Tropics only hope is to be one of movie lately, and frankly, I was a different movie, but ended up this time around. Maybe Ferrells the four teams that move on to the disappointed. When I saw the laughing about parts later. Its a next venture will pick up the pieces NBA instead of one that disbands. previews for it in theaters, it seemed 50/50 type film, but its not all that that this film left behind.