Friday, June 3, 2011

Cheryl Cole's Brief Time in America: a Blessing in Disguise

Everybody knows by now, Cheryl Cole's experience in America didn't go as well as planned as she was unceremoniously axed from  "X Factor."  Cole barely lasted a week.

I'm still surprised that Cole's introduction was such a disaster.

The whole situation with Fox was like watching a father give his daughter a bike with training wheels but then change his mind and push his daughter off the bike.

But I've come to the conclusion that maybe Cole's brief time in America was a good thing.  Cole might have been another British thing that America ruined.

America doesn't exactly have the best track record importing British culture.

Sure it got "The Office" right, but they absolutely messed up British TV shows like "Coupling" and "Skins."

There's a tendency to adapt or americanize these things that usually backfires.   Taking out all the British influence  usually detracts from the original product.

"American Idol" wouldn't have succeeded if they told Simon Cowell to tone down his blunt British behavior and accent.

It seemed like Cole was going down this path as Fox allegedly wanted her to get rid of her accent,  lose weight and change her style.  

For all we know, this could have ruined her appeal and made her another generic American pop star.

Even if Cole had succeeded in becoming popular in the U.S., there was the risk of her getting overexposed.

It might have been too much of a good thing.  Besides there's a certain appeal to something that's foreign and not commonplace.

Look at Victoria Beckham, she was a lot more interesting to Americans before she lived here full time.

The most important thing is that all this reasoning makes me much feel better about Cheryl Cole finally coming to America then leaving so quickly.

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