Barbie will audition for American Idol 4.

Barbie will audition for American Idol 4.
In the event that you don’t think American Idol represents all that is soulless and evil about television, this will probably convince you: Barbie will be auditioning for the show next spring. Whether or not the plastic doll’s performance will actually air on the FOX show is unclear. However, Barbie “has been practicing her vocal skills and preparing to face the music industry’s toughest critics,” and a Mattel VP refers to “Barbie(R) doll’s ‘American Idol’ performance.” Additionally, according to a highly disturbing press release, “Barbie(R) doll and friends will offer girls an engaging new way to play out their favorite ‘American Idol’ fantasies, including three new friends that she meets at the open call auditions and innovative products to enrich their storylines, such as a stage set and unique music feature that offers relevant, friendship-themed songs.” I’m not quite sure what any of that means, but it scares me. A lot.

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