By EM RUSCIANO
I’d like to nominate my own headline for this post if that’s ok with you?!
“Bitter ex Idol reject Slams Ian “Dicko” Dickson!”
Remember the time when I was on Australian Idol in 2004, I’d just sung my heart out on disco night and some English dude with a nasty-arse grey mullet said to me: “You look like Pauline Hanson on a night out at the bingo.” And then I got rejected by the nation and voted off the very next night?
You don’t? Nah, me neither, I’ve repressed that memory along with the time I got my period for the first time at school. I stood up (in front of the entire class) to find the Japanese flag on the back on my white-and-green striped dress.
*Left eye twitches
Em, on Idol.
The aforementioned English dude with the questionable hair situation was none other than Ian “Dicko” Dickson.
Yesterday Dicko came out and said that he feels the reality TV judges of today are a bunch of soft cocks. He says that the likes of Will-i-am, Ricky Martin, Delta Goodrem, Ronan Keating, Redfoo, Dannii Minogue and Natalie Bassingthwaite are going waaaaaay to easy on the wannabes because they are concerned with how the public perceives them. He feels that contestants aren’t going onto long-term careers when these shows end because they’re getting too much arse-licking and not enough arse-kicking.
Dicko was quoted as saying: “I was watching The X Factor the other night, and it’s a far cry from when Idol was launched. The
body count in Idol seasons one and two was huge and it made me realise how sanitised these shows have become.”
Dicko said Idol boasted a “roll of honour” that included Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll, Rob Mills, Damien Leith, Anthony Callea, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Matt Corby and Lisa Mitchell, who are all still enjoying success years after the show was axed.
WHAT? NO! IT’S TOTALLY FINE HE DIDN’T INCLUDE ME WHATEVER YOU GUYS.
He probably meant singers right? I only do writing, TV presenting, radio, MC-ing, stand-up and cabaret. WHATEVER.
*Sits in corner, eats sad bacon.
Dicko has a fair point about the judges, but I just don’t feel you can compare two shows, 10 years apart.
I don’t need to tell you that we’re in a vastly different landscape from the heady days of Idol.
A landscape that involves social media, where the judges are held accountable for every single thing they say and do in the public eye. I don’t know if Dicko would have been quite so savage if Twitter were around back then. I’m sure if #tuckshopladyarms were to have trended nationally and he copped the tsunami of public abuse that would have inevitably come afterwards, he would have pulled his head in after that.
Here’s one of Dicko’s most talked about moments on idol. Play at 3.39 to see him in action: