Dear Simon Cowell,
I can only assume that your recent threats to quit your show are nothing more than an (albeit successful) attempt to gain more publicity. But maybe they're not. So let's review the concept behind the show you invented:
- You hold open auditions all over the country.
- Judges pick the most promising contestants.
- Viewers vote for their favourite contestants. They can vote as many times as they want, for any reason.
- Every week, the contestant with the fewest votes is kicked off the show.
- The last one standing is guaranteed to get a record contract. The others have to hustle to get similar or better contracts.
I might agree with you, if it weren't for the fact that bad singers are your show's bread and butter. The early shows are nothing but bad singers, and you make fun of them all the way across the country. You have special "Worst of American Idol" shows and DVDs. I saw a live show last year where a delusional young man who styled himself after a former runner-up actually appeared on stage with his "Idol". Clearly, you don't hesitate to make fun of bad singers.
So you put this guy into the top 20, or whatever, and you're all upset because people keep voting for him. You want us to laugh at bad singers, but only at a time of your choosing. The lesson here might be that if you wouldn't want to see a person win the whole contest, you shouldn't put him into a position where members of the public will be able to control his fate.