When ABC5 bought the “Idol” Franchise, I was really happy that the perennially 3rd placer in the TV ratings game finally has a program that will hopefully make it a strong contender in the ongoing network war.
I hoped too much.
I have no doubt that we have the finest talents and we will never run out of singers. But the talents churned out by Philippine Idol leaves much to be desired. More on that aspect later.
What I’m so disappointed with Philippine Idol is how poorly ABC5 has executed the production. The production staff of ABC clearly lacked the experience in running a live telecast, as compared to ABS CBN and GMA, much less a singing contest complete with production numbers and a live audience. Come to think of it, did ABC produce any live variety show-type of a program before?
First problem: audio. Philippine Idol is a singing competition, and the program relies heavily on superb audio quality since it needs the audience to vote for the winning contestant. The program suffered heavily in this aspec. The audio levels are not consistent, one contestant lost his mic levels entirely, the audio coming from the audience is too loud, and you can barely hear the judges when they were saying their comments. Very poor execution.
Then there’s Ryan Agoncillo. He’s smart and cute and all, but very bland. He relied too much on the cue cards and tele-prompter, there was dead-air and he did not memorize the names of the contestants. And what’s with the Miss Universe questions?
The band is so so. Sorry Mel Villena.
And lastly, the top 4 finalists for the male contestants. Now I know this is not ABCs fault entirely, but this is what we get when we allow the viewers to decide the winners. C’mon people! This is a singing contest, judge them based on their ability to sing!
Sorry ABC5, but when viewers like me have already been exposed to the production value of American Idol, you can’t help but compare. Yes, there has to be some Filipino twist into the program but it just doesn’t work. I’d rather stick with the working formula.
Ugh, I can imagine Simon Cowell and his classic remarks… “that’s so karaoke”… “you sound like a singer in a hotel lobby”… “puh-thetic”…
Wake up Philippine Idol!