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AC/DC Doesn’t Like Reality Television

Turns out that AC/DC isn’t all about reality shows like American Idol and The Voice.  Anyone surprised?

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It’s no big shock that AC/DC isn’t a big fan of shows like American Idol.  Why would they be?  When they wanted to get started in the music business they had to grind through small clubs and bars trying to make a name for themselves.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Angus Young and Brian Johnson both said that the only way to truly make it in the industry is to get on stage and learn your trade.  For a couple of guys who have been doing it for almost 40 years, that seems like some pretty good advice.  Johnson said that getting in front of a small crowd is like doing an apprenticeship, and once you do that you get to move on.  He also called the shows “all hype” and that at the end of the day it really isn’t fair to the kids to “make them famous one week, and nobodies the next”.

I have to say I agree with them on this one.  The format of American Idol is pretty crazy.  Sure their have been some success stories from the show like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Chris Daughtry, but most of the “Idols” have fallen off the map.  They might make a big splash out of the gate, but for the most part they are one and done.  Besides some screaming teenage girls, no one knows who they are.  Unfortunate for them since most of them really are talented song writers and singers.

When American Idol wants you, they pretty much take you.  You have to put out the music that they want, when they want.  I guess many of them grateful for the opportunity that could turn them into a star, but in the end it has to be devastating.  Look at people like David Archuletta and Rubin Studdard.  Where are they now?  David Cook won the seventh season of American Idol and no one has heard from him in ages.  It’s all for television.  These shows don’t care about the people or their success, they care about the money.  No shocker there.  Unfortunately the world revolves around the almighty dollar.

So while the show still kills in the ratings book, the “stars” end up right where they were when the show began; looking for a break.

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