American Idolwas the most popular show on television. In fact, American Idol is the No. 1 and No. 2 highest-rated show upon it's finally on May 21.
There are many reasons why Americans love
but much of the appeal is that
is a distinctly American show. The show is a contest, and in an ideal world, democracy is the ultimate contest.
In Idol America anything is possible, and single mothers, disheveled hippies, and the most invisible and marginalized citizens (younger than 28) have as much access to fame and fortune as anyone, if only for one audition. There is no telling who will go through and who won't, and in this rare societal vacuum, money, beauty and connections don't matter.
If every job in this country were based on merit, everything from our educational system to our political system would reflect the ideals of a meritocracy, with the best people in the highest positions, but unfortunately who you know is often more important than what you know.
Nevertheless, to read nine other jobs (besides
contestant) based exclusively on hard work and natural ability
This article was written by a staff member of MainStreet.com.