American Idol

What is the role of the music in the show?
How is the popularity of the music on this show affecting the music market? (For instance, does it drive the consumer to iTunes or Disney.com?)
What is the demographic the show is trying to reach?
How does the music help the audience (you and I) connect with the show?
Could the show be produced without music? How important is it? What would happen without it?
Are their similarities between this show and shows of the past such as The Ed Sullivan Show which introduced music and new musical acts to the American masses?
What was your personal reaction to the show and the music? Did it hook you in? Did you enjoy it? Would you watch it again?