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"Platinum Hit" article

Had another article published, about whether "Platinum Hit" paves the way for a TV reality writing competition.

Some of my Otakon photos are now in a Flickr album, but without captions. Sorry, folks. I am officially lame! While I'm on vacation, I'll try to do some fly-by posts via my mobile app, if I have cell-phone service.

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stiang
Aug. 13th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Nice article! I loved Platinum Hit. I liked how the songs were original and I also liked they had to perform them so we could hear how the writers "heard" the songs in their head. Too bad it probably won't be renewed. :[
alycewilson
Aug. 13th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
I think you're right about it not being renewed. It didn't have much buzz. But I thought it was an entertaining show, all things considered.

I also had fun spotting Jackie Tohn, who was on "American Idol" briefly a couple seasons ago but didn't make it past the very first audience vote.
stiang
Aug. 13th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
I saw essentially NO promotion for the show by Bravo. I feel like I would have seen at least one commercial considering how much tv I watch. Plus the mid season move to Friday nights does not bode well for the future of the show. I actually didn't know about the show and stumbled upon while they were performing "My City" and it convinced me to watch!

I immediately recognized Jackie! I liked her little lady rap, haha. My favorites were Nick, Sonyae, Scotty, and Brian.

I didn't think Jes should have been in the finale or stayed longer than Brian or that her final song was better than Scotty's but that's really my only complaint.

I really wish they would try it again with more support from the network!
alycewilson
Aug. 13th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
They did do promotion before the show aired, but you're right; they didn't do much. I actually didn't know that the show moved days, because I've been watching it on DVR. But moving a show to a Friday is usually a bad sign.

Sonyae was amazing. I underestimated her at first because, like they pointed out, her melodies weren't always the best. But I really loved how her mind worked and the way that she managed to create lyrics that smart, multitextured, poetic, and catchy.

I completely agree that Brian deserved Jes' slot in the final three. Wasn't it ironic that after all those weeks of bragging about how he knew more than anyone, Nick went home when he had to write a song by himself.

The problems the show faced were primarily from the hosts. Kara DioGuardi was not terribly well-liked by "American Idol" fans, so few of them would have turned in because of her presence. Plus, she was very plastic and stiff whenever she appeared on camera. Jewel is better respected, and if she'd hosted it by herself, it might have gone better. There wasn't much of a rapport between her and Kara, it seemed.

I also thought that some of the challenges were a little dull. I'm not sure how they could have jazzed them up, but it would have been good to make more field trips to sites outside of their normal digs.

stiang
Aug. 13th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
I definitely underestimated Sonyae at the beginning. I think part of it was because she didn't play an instrument so I couldn't understand where she was going in the hook challenges. I absolutely loved her by the end. I think one of the biggest injustices on the show was that "Miss Make the Boys Cry" didn't win the Rap challenge!! That might be my favorite song of the entire season, and it literally made me cringe to hear Johnny rap so I can't understand how he won.

Well in Nick's defense he did re-work that entire song so maybe the time limit got him. I have to say though I really liked his solo song, whereas I didn't like Jes'. That could just be a difference of musical taste though, but I found a lot of her songs were boring or "meandering" as the judges' put it. Her final song was good though.

I also thought Jes was much too dependent on her teammates. They reason Brian went home was because the lyrics were bad but Jes' excuse was he didn't help enough, which she had said in previous challenges about other people. On the other hand everyone said Nick was easy to work with (besides Johnny, lol) and I thought he made more quality contributions to songs he worked on than Jes did.

I think the show would have been better if Kara was in a mentor role, similar to Tim Gunn on Project Runway. Then she would be in her element, the studio, and perhaps she would have come across as less robotic. Although some of her advice was questionable, ex. "Is that really the hookiest that hook can be?" is not too helpful. Plus I kept thinking, "You wrote No Boundaries and thought it was good." Haha

The challenges were a bit dull but overall I liked how they covered different genres and styles.
alycewilson
Aug. 13th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
"Miss Make the Boys Cry" was a great song. I also liked the one she wrote for the high schoolers. I liked that idea that, instead of getting into a fight, you "point them to the exit." You could tell the kids really loved it.

Kara would have been the wrong person for a mentor. You need somebody warmer. I think Jewel would be much better.

The thing about Kara is that she speaks in catch phrases. On "Idol," she was always talking about the "entire package." On "Platinum Hit," she was talking about being "commercial" and "hooky." These words make sense to her, but to people who aren't in the industry, she needs to define them more.

I understand Kara being involved in the show, because obviously, she has a lot of experience in the field. In fact, I think the show was developed around her, if I'm not mistaken. But it was awkward having to sort of share the host duties. If they renew it, they ought to consider moving her into the host role and having Jewel be the mentor. Then they'd have a Heidi Klum-Tim Gunn sort of duality: the frosty, professional host and the warm, nurturing mentor.
stiang
Aug. 13th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
Yes, Sonyae was very good conceptually! I was glad that she didn't try to change it to make it more "kid friendly" because I know when I was in high school I listened to "adult" music. I absolutely loved "My Religion" too.

Hmmm, I think you're right. Jewel would be a better mentor. Kara is better as a judge because she is so knowledgeable and experienced in the industry. I know Jewel used to write her own songs but I haven't heard anything from her in a long time, so I'm not sure if she would have the experience to mentor? Then again she could've been writing for other people and I would never know.

It would have almost been better if Kara was solely a judge this season and not having any hosting duties rather than trying to split it between the two of them.
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