Why ‘American Idol’ Reminds Us a Little of ‘Survivor’

In reinventing one of the biggest media brands on the planet -- a process rare enough to be watched closely by Ad Age -- "Idol's" producers are dialing up the drama by throwing the contestants more curve balls. The result: a show tipped further away from talent competition and more firmly toward the reality genre -- that is to say, forcing unreal situations on the would-be Idols.

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