I don't know who this is a statue of, but I love it! If you know, please share
Wow. I can only imagine what kind of success I'd have as an author if I had that many viewers!
(exposing how many calendar years are behind me, here), Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour. The television version, not the Pre WWII radio version of the original show, thank you very much. Singers, dancers, acrobats, tappers, violinists, every showing was packed with performing artists. The only judges on The Original Amateur Hour were audience members. They phoned or mailed in their votes for their favorite performer, thereby determining who would win. A jury of your peers arrangement.
When you find yourself with 14 minutes and 10 seconds of free time, take a look at an episode of the show in the video below. (unintentional rhyme!)
The only other show I've been such a fan of is the a capella music competition, The Sing Off, that, sadly lasted only a few years. Loved that show.
I empathize with Idol's auditioners. I know what it's like to perform solo in front of judges and how it feels to audition for something you dearly want. I've sat at a piano in windowless rooms with pencil wielding judges, their writing implements poised over qualifications lists and legal pads. And I've been on stages in large auditoriums, just me, a piano and a few thousand watts of glaring lights and I've stood on theatre stages to recite monologues and do "cold readings" and know what it's like to struggle to overcome the terror of singing solo, to grab what air I could and fight past what felt like seizures in my throat. Piano competitions, auditions for competitions, theatre auditions, both speaking and singing. Very daunting. The only thing to be grateful for while on a stage is that the lights are so bright you can't see who is listening, and judging.
But my goal was never fame or a career in music or theatre. I just wanted to do my best at something I enjoy doing. Sometimes I pulled that off, sometimes not.
Netherlands, Finland, South Africa, Serbia-Montenegro, India, West Africa, Indonesia, Macedonia, Estonia,
Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Armenia, Iceland, France, Philippines, Sweden, Singapore, Norway, Malaysia,
Bulgaria, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Greece, Croatia
Vietnam, and the League of the Arab States
Kelly Clarkson, USA, "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman", Aretha Franklin
Peter Evrard, Belgium, "Lithium", Nirvana
Heinz Winckler, South Africa, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", Aerosmith
Ryan Malcolm, Canada, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother",
Guy Sebastian, Australia, "What a Wonderful World", Louis Armstrong
Alicja "Alex" Janosz, Poland, "I Don't Know How to Love Him", from Jesus Christ Superstar
Diana Karazon, League of the Arab States, "Ensani Ma Binsak", original song
Jamai Loman, Netherlands, "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word", Elton John
To this year's American Idol auditioners I say Enjoy and Best of Luck!