In my never ending effort to introduce you to the best that the German-speaking world has to offer, I combine two of my favorite things: YouTube and American Idol. Actually, in this case it is Deutschland sucht den SuperStar.
Lileks had a little clip from the show on his site on Friday, which reminded me that I was missing a great opportunity. So here is a little information for you. I am sure it will come in handy when you least expect it.
Here is a clip of the 10 worst singers from German Idol this year and below is some commentary and things you should take away from it. It looks like this is from the magazine-style show.
Several things stand out. First, the similarities. When the producers translate the show from the British to the American to the global versions they spare no opportunity to save some unnecessary costs.
Second, the bizarre German version of Ryan Seacrest. Seriously: bigger, uglier, meaner--if I had to come up with a German Ryan Seacrest, it would be this guy. Nice to know that talent like him can be found elsewhere.
Third, a prime example of the German announcer. Deep voice, slightly menacing, this is the voice of German announcing whether it be in commercials, TV shows, sporting events. Whenever there is a voice over, this is the style. Even the women announcers! My buddies and I found it really bizarre when we were there and mentioned it to our instructor who had no idea what we were talking about. For her, it was just natural.
Fourth, the fact that people suck at singing everywhere and still want to be stars.
Fifth, that they aren't as embarrassing.
Sixth and finally, half of them sing in English. I suppose if the Axis had won we on the East Coast and Midwest would be singing like this guy on Amerikanische Idol. You've seen this before, I am sure, but this is too amazing to not share.
UPDATE: I meant to also include this gem. Of course, had the Axis won, this is what would have been tops on the West Coast.