My American Idol Experience

By Kristyn, age 20, Massachusetts
Sweet Designs Staff Intern

Reality ... or staged reality? That is the question ... No, I'm not talking about Hamlet. I'm talking about American Idol, one of the most popular reality television shows of our generation. So I ask you ... is it real? Or is it fake? This I may be able to answer for you.

It was 5:00 AM, and I was on my way to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, with my mom to try out for American Idol. I had been singing for almost six years, and people convinced me to try out. I went into my audition so confident. I was sure I was not going to lose. However, things are not always what they seem, and television is not always real.

Simon, Paula, and Randy weren't even there. You have to make it through three rounds just to get to them, for them to hear you sing. When I finally got to audition for Simon, Paula, and Randy, they told me, before I even sang, that I wasn't randomly selected, and I didn't make it through, but I could still sing for the camera anyway!

What the heck? was all I could think. I made it through these rounds. Why wasn't I picked? The next thing I knew producers were handing me a script of what I was to say, and they handed one to Paula, Randy, and Simon as well. All of a sudden it occurred to me that this was an acting job. I should have realized back in round two that this wasn't real when a girl next to me sang like Mariah Carey, and she didn't get through - it all seemed weird.

So anyhow, American Idol was a good experience, but it wasn't real. It was good for me to understand that most of the people in the top twelve are actors. It was important for me to face the reality that my dream of becoming a famous singer just wasn't for me. It doesn't mean I won't be famous for something else someday. It was good to realize that not everything we see is real. The truth is, it's a lot more scripted than most of us realize.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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