I think everyone in America is in agreement that Sunday night’s Oscar telecast was the worst in the history of the awards show. The show was so bad, I argued, even a performance from the adorable members of Staten Island’s PS22 Chorus couldn’t save it. Today, Bravo exec Andy Cohen took that criticism one step further, saying PS22’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” made him want to stab his eyes out. Cohen, Bravo’s executive vice president of original programming and development, had some harsh words for the public school kids on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning. Take a look:
I think there’s only one thing Cohen can do to make this up to the PS22 Chorus: offer them their own reality show. I mean, is anyone really watching Million Dollar Listing?
The New York Times blog City Room covered Cohen’s criticism of PS22’s inclusion and asked readers to weigh in on the subject. A commenter identified as Martin Molloy took the words right out of my mouth when he wrote:
Actually I’d argue that the rest of the broadcast (everything else) is what ruined the Oscars. If the Oscars would get a real comedian (Chris Rock, Jon Stewart) to host and the fragile egos in the audience could stand some lampooning, the night might be entertaining. As it stands, it was UNWATCHABLE. There was a musical moment that was a lowlight, but it was when Gwyneth Paltrow came out to sing.
What do you think? Did PS22 ruin the show, or was the show already unsalvageable by the end?