The Singin', Dancin' American Idyll

American Idol proved there are teenagers--not just tweens and men recently released from prison--who like to see wholesome singing and dancing, the kind you saw on Ed Sullivan. Early Ed Sullivan. When American Idol was launched, creator Simon Fuller assumed teens would coronate slutted-out model wannabes, as they did in the English version of his show. But while we might sell our Baywatch image to the world, when the children of Wal-Mart get to vote for their stars, they choose talent. The kids, it turns out, may be too all right.

This Friday, with the release of From Justin to Kelly,...

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