The good & bad of 'American Idol'

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Bill Harris, QMI Agency

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Idol, yes. Idle, no.

Seeing that Kelly Clarkson has a new "greatest hits" CD out now, it got us thinking about the long-term impact of American Idol.

Clarkson was the first winner of the influential reality-competition series, in its debut season in 2002. Hard to believe American Idol has been around for a decade. And we all still look so young, way to go, everyone!

Anyway, whether you think Idol - which returns Jan. 16 on Fox and CTV - has been a force for good or a force for evil depends on how you see and hear the world.

That's where we come in, with five good things and five bad things about North America's 10-year Idol-ization.

IDOL POSITIVES

1) It has produced some performers who have lasted. The leaders in this regard probably are Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson (all females, interestingly - wonder why that is?). But the likes of Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry have done fine for themselves, too.


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