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Rogers forgets words and is kicked off Idol

Tuesday night, Brandon Rogers was the first of 12 finalists to be kicked off American Idol after he forgot the words to the song he sang, "You Can't Hurry Love." It was a Diana Ross-themed show; contestants sang everything from "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to "Stop in the Name of Love." Ross even made an appearance, singing two songs on the show.

The article I looked at is from Newsday.com and was written on March 15. It has some news values but does not even come close to covering them all. It shows that it is timely, since this episode aired this week. It has prominence, since it is a hit TV show, with celebrity judges and a celebrity host (Ryan Seacrest). Also, it mentions the Diana Ross-themed show and the fact that Ross herself performed. This shows prominence, as well. This event definitely has novelty, since contestants don't usually forget the words to the songs they are singing on American Idol. It also is an unusual event because...

**"Last night, Rogers became the first of the top 12 finalists to be told to stop in the name of love of music, but before he could even reprise his song, the show ended."**

Regarding the four supplemental news values, this article shows that the event has currency and entertainment. Clearly, it is current news for the same reason as it is timely. Most of all, this article is for entertainment purposes because it is about a subject that is a part of the entertainment industry. One could argue that it this event has necessity, for those who watch the show insist on knowing the latest, or if fans of the show missed the episode, they will want to know what happened. However, the article doesn't show this necessity; it may imply it, though.

This article can be found here: http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/ny-etidol155131154mar15,0,4794551.story?coll=ny-television-print

The second article I looked at is on CNN.com. This article shows more news values than the previous one. It shows the timeliness in the same way the first article did - confirming it was this week's episode of American Idol. This article shows that the event has prominence because of the show's popularity:

**"'American Idol' continues to rule the ratings, attracting between 27 million and 37 million viewers per telecast this season."**

The article also shows this by mentioning that the show is a "top-rated Fox network sing-off." This identifies the show's importance.

This article shows prominence, as well, with the mention of the judges as well as Diana Ross. It also shows some conflict, for the lead reads:

**"Brandon Rogers, who forgot the words to his song on Tuesday's "American Idol," had a feeling he wouldn't last. He got confirmation Wednesday."**

This mentions Rogers' feelings, and his reaction to the event. It's more the drama that makes the article have conflict, as well as the quote from Rogers, which the first article containted as well:

**"I have no hard feelings," Rogers, 28, said before leaving the stage. "I kind of expected it."

The article shows that the event has novelty, for the same reasons as the first article does. This article also shows currency and that the event has entertainment value, in the same way as the first article does.

This article can be found here: http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/03/15/tv.americanidol.ap/

I think these articles are mainly for entertainment purposes. The stories may be for those who watch the show but missed the episode, or for those who don't have time to really watch it but like to keep up with the latest entertainment buzz. The second article does a great job of including news values and keeping it simple. Making sure that the reader knows the importance, culturally, of the TV show is huge - giving the event more impact. For example, just adding the fact that American Idol "continues to rule the ratings" and is "top-rated." Those phrases say a lot. I don't think the first article did a very good job of that.

Comments

I am among those who feels the corporate media devote too much of their resources to entertainment coverage (sometimes covering a product of their sister corporate unit), but you make a good case for why articles about TV shows can have news value. Your point about cultural importance puts it well, and your noting the phrases "continues to rule the ratings" and "top-rated."

I didn't like that guy anyway.. he needs to buy a wholesale iphone though.