• Welcome to Our Idol Rules

    So, here it is... Our Idol Rules.

    You see, like millions of TV viewers out there we have been intently watching American Idol since season #1. And all the while we've been struck by one thing... it's not the talent of the performers, it's not the brilliant simplicity of the show it is... the gigantic mistakes made by so many of the people that try out.

    So many of these mistake are so simple... yet contestants make them over and over. And since we've grown tired of watching the contestants repeat these mistakes over and over we decided to list them here for all to see.

    So browse around, add your ideas too...just send them to ouridolrules@gmail.com.
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Rule #11 – We’ll just see what America thinks

Justin GuariniIf you get a bad critique from the judges (especially Simon) when you think you did great, do not under any circumstances look out at the studio audience and say “we’ll just see what America thinks.”

Despite the rousing round of applause you will get from the studio audience for defying Simon, most of America at home will just think you are a jerk.


Rule #10 – Uncomfortable song breaks

Don’t pick a song that has long instrumental breaks, say more than 5 seconds. You’ll end up trying to fill the space with a bunch of oohs, ahhs, and oh-yeahs. Or worse yet, you’ll try doing some silly dance move that you have no right doing and end up looking like a moron.

Rule # 9 – Song choice, song choice, song choice!

Judy GarlandIf you are considering singing “Somewhere over the rainbow”, “Unchained Melody”, or “Amazing Grace” force yourself to pick a different song. We’ve heard them before. We’ve heard them belted out by winners and divas. We’ve heard them sung better than you can sing them. We don’t want to hear them again.

Song choice isn’t really that hard. Just follow these guidelines:

  1. Pick something that everyone watching has actually heard of.
  2. Pick something that everyone watching hasn’t heard a million times on the show.
  3. Pick something that showcases your voice.

Rule #8 – When it comes to A.I. history does not repeat

Kelly Clarkson

Never sing something that was performed by a past winner. You can’t top Kelly Clarkson’s winning performance of “A moment like this” with the fireworks in the background and the raw emotion. So don’t try. Stick to something that won’t get you compared to a previous champion.

Rule # 7 – Your previous employer matters

If you have ever been a stripper, a nude model or have ever been employed as an “adult entertainer” of any kind don’t bother trying out. You have no chance of winning because sooner or later your resume will catch up with you and you’ll be back to working as “an actress”, “a dancer” or “a waiter”.

Rule #6 – You’re not as good as you think you are

If you walk into the first audition and tell the judges you are the next American Idol, you won’t be. America eats up the girl next door, waitress turned superstar, not the “I’m the next Celine Dion” wannabe

Rule #5 – Enough with gestures that mimic the lyrics

Please don’t feel you need to put your hand over your heart just because the lyrics in the song contain the word “love”. It’s been overdone and you don’t look original doing it.

We know what the lyrics are without you pointing out your anatomical references.