Fox's American Idol is having it's season finale tonight and I am proud to say that I haven't watched a single episode of the show this season. I avoided all the hype which is hard to do. There are 77 million search results when you Google "American Idol." If you step back and think about it, American Idol is nothing more than a singing contest. I do like to hear people sing well, and there is some talent on the show, but is all the hype really justified? You just get to vote on which singers you like the most or the least after hearing comments from celebrity expert judges, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson. One is a wannabe, the other is overly emotional, and the other is just a jerk. You can figure out who is who. I don't find the show to be worthy of astronomical television ratings, especially for as many seasons as it has gone on. Why don't more people hang out at karaoke bars where there are some good local talent singers as well? Some places even have prizes for the best singer and your vote has more significance. I like to karaoke and even have a stage name, but I can hardly get friends to come out to bars on karaoke night, mostly because few of my friends sing and just watching might be boring for them. Then many of them probably go home and watch American Idol religiously. I don't get it. Maybe it all has to do with the word "Idol". People like to follow celebrities and if they have a hand in creating a celebrity, they can't get enough. Then, once they've created the celebrity, they like to have the paparazzi cling to them like saran wrap on a glass bowl.