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The BTW And American Idol

21 Feb 2008
Posted by Stan Collender

My Beautiful and Talented Wife (The BTW) loves American Idol.  I watch it from time to time only because she does.

As I watched the women perform last night I couldn't help but feel as if I had seen this before.  I don't mean Tuesday night's performance by the male contestants; I mean something from long ago.

Then it hit me that American Idol is really nothing the same as a program from the earlest days of television -- Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour -- with much much better production values.

I've seen clips of the show, which appeared on the DuMont Television Network in the early 1950s.

That makes Ryan Secrest, who has the image of being an "it" person seen in all the best places,  the current generation's version of Ted Mack, who was anything but "it."

Or Ed McMahon's show

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