Book Review: “American Idol: The Untold Story”
Just in time for Season 10, a little history, a little insight and not enough numbers.
With all of American Idol’s make-or-break changes this season, it’s a good time for a thorough assessment of the talent show’s first decade. American Idol: The Untold Story, by former Los Angeles Times and current Daily Beast writer Richard Rushfield, mostly tells the story from the perspective of Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, the show’s creators, and Simon Cowell, its most famous judge. Rushfield is a longtime Idol authority, but it is hard to tell whom this slim, shiny book is meant for: It’s not flashy and photo-filled enough to be bait for core fans — who already know many of the stories here — and it’s not hefty enough to be the deep business dig the phenomenon deserves.
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