I'm an "American Idol" Scaredy Cat
I didn't join in the collective pop culture event of watching the first episode of the new "American Idol" season last night. Sure, you'll eventually find me dialing in for my favorite contestant and I'll be crossing my fingers for and then cheering wildly for the winner on that final episode of the year...but for now I totally avoid the show.
I like to call myself an "American Idol" Scaredy Cat.
While the girls last night watched our recording of the first episode after they both got home from winterguard and pitching practices, I went upstairs and made me a drink, took a hot bubble bath, and then checked some email. I could hear them squealing with excitement, and other times laughing hysterically. One time Delaney even ran upstairs to excitedly tell me that some girl "sang Soooooo good" and she was "going to Hollywood!".
I avoid the beginning stages of the season for much the same reason that I always avoided watching "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" until the contestant got to the $1000 round.
It all comes down to the simple issue of embarrassment.
I have this strange inability to watch anything on television that involves anyone getting embarrassed. It's like I'm standing right there with them and I'm embarrassed too.
So, I avoid the first month of "American Idol" because all it is is idiots making fools of themselves...or people who actually think they can sing getting soundly rejected. It makes me sorta sick to my stomach.
(See the "Millionaire" connection? There was NO way I was going to watch the $100, $200, and $500 questions because if anyone missed the first, overly easy question I was going to be so embarrassed for them and I just couldn't handle the nausea.)
I'm kinda the same way when I watch a sitcom and I realize that a character is about to do something embarrassing. I will cover my eyes or even change the channel.
Or when someone I personally know has to get in front of a crowd and I'm afraid they might not do well...I will avoid watching it if I can.
I know I'm a wimp! I know that the allure of "American Idol" for many people is to see people make fools of themselves (as McKenna says, "That's why they audition anyway. To be as outrageous as possible, so they can get on tv").
But I'll just be myself and wait until March to really get into the show. Once people with talent (or at least "almost" talent) are left, I'll cheer them on. In the meantime, I'll just get ready for "Lost."