The new season of American Idol has started again.
Those of you who follow the series, like yours truthly, may have wonder how on Earth can the judges go through seemingly stadium full of contestants in a few days. In certain cities where they visit, the crowd can be as big as 6000 or 8000, and even if one contestant takes about 3 minutes, including walking into the audition room and going out (I am sure it is more than that), it would take more than 18000 to 24000 munites, 3o0 over hours. That is if the judges continuously audition, without rest in between, without going to the loos and so on. So in actual fact, the average time would more be like 5-6 minutes a person, and that would aat least take a few weeks to dispose of just one such crowd.
Well, what you see is not what is happening. Like many times at this modern time, what they show you is not what is actually happening.
In fact, the crowds in different cities are screened through by scouts, with each singing just a few bars , and the scouts will select a small portion of those who they think can sing, AND, also those who they think are the worst singers or performers or the most comical ones. This small group will then have to appear before the producers, who will further select the better and the worse ones to go before the judges. (see the report here)
What I am trying to convey is that in this so-called modern society, almost everything is staged. Perhaps it is due to the influence of Hollywood.
Even for those doing charity, you see them hoisting big mock checques, just to show people that so and so is making a donation to so and so.
In Malaysia, many events are staged, especially when it comes to getting votes. When election is near, you see the VIPs walking the round and giving speeches in stadiums filled with people who are there because they are transported by buses and given incentives to be there. It is not because they like to go there on their own accord.
When a big shot is coming, the whole area will be spruced up , given a new coat of paint; and the staff who normally will spend hours in teh tarik stalls will suddenly be so diligent, serving the people and clients courteously and eagerly.
On another level, what the politicians say and what they believe inside their hearts are often so different. AN example is KJ, who was said to be a liberal before ascendancy of his Father-in-law, but his speeches when he ruled the fourth floor smacked of extremist and racist views .
Many others who may have advocated a single stream school send their children to International schools, a stream that is not even supposed to cater fro Malaysians, but diplomats from other countries.
So, what you see or hear is often not what you should believe! That is life! Malaysia or otherwise!