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Article Teaser: With the American Idol marvel currently taking place, one cannot ignore the appeal of the general public for fame. If you were to poll a typical teenager, you would discover that most youngsters consider fame as a sign of success in life. In-fact, modern-day celebrity has become a phenomenon, fueled by what seems to be an all-time high in the quest for recognition and stardom.

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Seeking Three Minutes Of Fame And Attention On American Idol

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With the American Idol marvel currently taking place, one cannot ignore the appeal of the general public for fame. If you were to poll a typical teenager, you would discover that most youngsters consider fame as a sign of success in life. In-fact, modern-day celebrity has become a phenomenon, fueled by what seems to be an all-time high in the quest for recognition and stardom. Most people aspire in unlocking that secret box that will allow them to become well known, and until they achieve their ultimate goal, they will continue to chase fame, wherever it may lead them.

While watching American Idol, we are bombarded by people who are clearly seeking fame, attention and often money, even though they don't have a lick of talent. The majority of the contestants spend hours waiting in line with intentions other than getting their voice heard or getting their big break into the music industry.

Many of the thousands who auditioned for judges and TV cameras for American Idol said they wanted to be famous, rather than talking about their love of singing and a desire to pursue it professionally. For them, the show is simply just a means to an end. It doesn't really matter to them that American Idol is a music competition; they are simply looking for public exposure to help them step into the fame and notoriety that they seek.

The driving force for many of the American Idol contestants is their desire for fame that has more to do with the perceived glamour that accompanies fame. For these lost souls, coming to American Idol is not about becoming the next pop star; it is just another way for them to try to achieve the fame they desire.

It seems that on each season of American Idol, numerous contestants became famous for a handful of days, before disappearing completely from the limelight. How can we forget about William Hung and his atrocious singing and dancing skills? Somehow, Hung was able to have his 15-minutes of fame and made some money out of it as well. Believe it or not, Hung got a recording deal and sold 295,000 copies of his CD.

Although long-term fame has proved rather elusive for many American Idol contestants, those who have had actual talent proved successful and had longevity. Actual talents such as Kelly Clarkson have experienced immense success and fame.

What shows like American Idol are showing us is the changing nature of fame. Celebrity used to be about status, power and notoriety, but now it includes artists, movie stars and performers. Fame used to be a good thing, meaning that someone that was famous, was actually well known for doing something good. In today's world, anybody can be famous with or without reason; take for example Anna Nicole Smith and Paris Hilton. What has either done that was of real value to the human race?

Now, fame is up for grabs - and often those with the greatest ambition or need for attention can jostle their way into the limelight, with talent as a secondary consideration. Fame is also fleeting, as former American Idol runner up Justin Guarini would certainly agree. It doesn't matter how long someone struggles for fame, there is no guarantee to how long one can maintain that status. Think of all of the people who you knew to be famous ten or twenty years ago who no longer hold that status today. Adam Ant who?

The fickleness of fame is something that has always existed; yet nobody has ever pinned down the exact science of how to stay famous. It has to do with a very delicate mixture of marketability and appeal.

Shooting into the limelight after being selected by voters on American Idol is a driving force for many of the contestants. Although fame isn't necessarily a driving force for all American Idol contestants, it is definitely a motivating factor for a lot of the players in the early rounds, especially those who only appear in the audition episodes. Some of those performers are happy just to get any airtime, regardless of how embarrassing it is for them and the audience who has to endure their three minutes of exposure.

Although being pushed through the American Idol machinery can provide massive publicity, most of the American Idol winners end up with great sales during their first year, and then their sales start to taper off. So, fame is achieved and some monetary success is achieved as well. But the question remains, will we know or care whom or where these people are ten or twenty years from now?


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Trent Lampe writes about entertainment and its impact on the world. Hands down, American Idol has been one of the most profitable and influential shows on television. Along with its astonishing success, American Idol has also created lots of controversy about how the stars are made and treated behind the scenes. American Idol Unauthorized is an uncensored view into the world of American Idol behind the cameras. Is American Idol good clean fun, or just dirty, backroom politics? You be the judge. Buy the DVD today: http://www.idolunauthorized.com and discover the truth for yourself.

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