“I was just happy because the British man didn’t make me cry,” a very young Kelly Clarkson said to open the latest teaser for the upcoming 14th season of Fox’s “American Idol.”
The theme of the promotional video, which premiered during Game 5 of the World Series, is to remind everyone that superstars have come from this series.
With 13 winners so far, the show didn’t mention the ones that didn’t really go anywhere. Instead it was all about contestants who went on to have success in the entertainment business no matter how they fared on the show, such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Phillip Phillips and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson.
“We’re just getting started,” the promo tells us. And while there have been a lot of disappointments along the way, both among winners and finalists, “Idol” does have a lot of success to tout among its alumni.
Other notable “Idol” contestants have included Fantasia Barrino, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Kellie Pickler, David Cook, Adam Lambert, Katharine McPhee and David Archuleta.
Sure, there were plenty of misfires along the way like Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Taylor Hicks, who all failed to find sustained success, but it’s still a better track record than the current ratings king among singing competitions, “The Voice.”
The total number of success stories coming out of “The Voice” is zero … unless you count the revitalized careers of its various coaches. Even Fox’s now-cancelled “X Factor” found Fifth Harmony and reigning (and final) champions Alex & Sierra.
“American Idol XIV” premieres in January 2015 on Fox.