Us Aussies have our own version of Idol.
I usually try to avoid it if I can. I feel, IMHO, it's all about a prefab pop star. That is something I really detest, as I read years ago about all the rip offs that made only millions for the record companies and promoters with black soul singers, doo whop groups and even half decent pop singers. I had hoped that sort of selling your soul to get 'famous' had ceased but then along came Idol.
I don't think a lot of the winners, runners ups, or even finalists would see much money til they break away from the Idol Inc. contract. Then if they have the real talent and personality they will carry on with a reasonable professional career.
In Australia it's been hit and miss with the concept. A couple have really missed the mark as far as the public wanting to hear more of them once they won or were runner up in the contest, and the resulting depression and sad story has been good fodder for the magazines to use unfortunately.
The other day, I drove a couple of contestants to the latest Idol appointments on my bus.
The girls both looked similar, both had dark complexions, dark longish hair, bright eyes, clear skin. Maybe 17 - 21? Brought along their parents for support. Really didn't have the heart to be a spoil sport but wished to God I could have .....