May 29, 2011

Why I Love "American Idol"

Another season of "American Idol" ended this week. I love the show, and have watched it from almost the very beginning (I started watching toward the end of Season 1). Some seasons are boring and hard to watch, but this year was fun and exciting for me. I was super-sad that James Durbin got eliminated, as I thought he should have gone all the way.

I am a huge music fan, and enjoy the contestants' twists on songs I love. I also love the "rags to riches" stories of everyday people getting discovered. Some winners have faded into oblivion (did we ever really expect to hear from Taylor Hicks again?) but some have become super-stars, like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. And many, many contestants that didn't take the top prize have done very well. I am a huge Adam Lambert fan, and also love Chris Doughtry.

But there's another reason I love the show. There have been many contestants with various disabilities and challenges, many of which my own daughter, A, struggles with. For example:

There might be other contestants with challenges that I am forgetting, or am not aware of. But just these few that I mentioned are so inspiring to me! I think about their parents. Having been in their shoes, having had a child who is is vision-impaired, hearing-impaired, had a tracheostomy, etc....I imagine their joy of watching their children overcome these challenges and become world-famous on the hit show "American Idol", and beyond.

Truly inspiring. My daughter will accomplish the same. You may never see her in a recording studio (but who knows!) but I can promise you she will acheive great things. She can do whatever she wants to do.


  1. Nice article! I did not know about all those American Idol contestants. You are right...your daughter can do whatever she wants to do! :)

  2. I haven't watched that show in ages, so I didn't realize how many top performers were competing with disabilities. Someday I'd love to meet up with you to talk about your daughter. My younger daughter works with disabled children (well, they are technically adults now...) and my older daughter has pathologic myopia.

  3. This is the first year that I didn't get sucked in, I have swimming to blame for that, I'm usually in the pool while AI is on. I never thought of it as inspiring the way you do, but that's very interesting how you see it, and I can understand how it's inspiring for you.
    People rising above things that try to keep them down is always inspiring!


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