I realize that one of the major draws of reality shows like American Idol is that you get to watch people's dreams get crushed. And I know you find particular pleasure when it's a teenager whose hopes are dashed right before your very eyes. There's something about killing the spark in the eyes of youth that's fascinating (if not empowering).
The problem with AI and shows like it is that most of the contestants are well into their 20s. And when 20-somethings lose, it doesn't quite hold the same kind of sadistic pleasure for sick bastards like you.
Well, ABC has just announced High School Musical: Summer Session, a reality show in which wide-eyed youngsters will engage in gruesome singing and dancing battles to win a role in High School Musical 3. You'll be pleased to know, according to the casting call, auditioners must be between the ages of 16 and 22. Wow! That's a whole lot of adolescents who will be forced to face bitter rejection in front of millions of TV viewers. Enjoy it while you can.
As for me, I certainly will be watching and rooting for the gay one—er, I mean, gay ones—er, I mean, everyone who will be auditioning.
But the main reason I'll be tuning in is because former 98 Degrees frontman Nick Lachey will be hosting. Yeah, he's not really my type—but I'd tap that. Wouldn't you?
[Thanks to Aaron of Scenes From the Scene for alerting me to this (and writing about it first).]