Vote of the week: Would you try out for Disney's American Idol Experience?
Written by Robert Niles
Let's talk about The American Idol Experience. The show officially debuted at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World earlier this month, though it has been in soft opening since last month.Tweet
Never before in theme parks, that I can recall at least, has a show been so dependent upon audience participation. Theme parks, especially Universal, for years have been using audience volunteers. But they've typically been glorified props, brought on stage to follow specific instructions, doing little, if anything, of their own initiative.
American Idol uses park visitors very differently. Here, the visitors are not props; they are the show. If Disney doesn't get some good singers to volunteer, the show fails. (A fact that's prompted rumors that Disney's hired cast ringers to fill out shows where too few competent singers step up.)
Would you step up for American Idol? That's our vote of the week:
Tell us your thoughts about the show, in the comments.
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