05/02/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gee, 20? It and 'Idol' Judges Have 'Jumped the Shark'

'Broken record!'

That's what someone in the audience yelled at the judges during the latest round of the 'American Idol' sing-off. Or was that someone at the G20 summit in London?

No matter, they've both 'jumped the shark' in TV parlance--the G20 and the G8 and the 'Gee Whiz' of the 'American Idol' judges.

'Dog, it was all a little pitchy for me.'

Who are the G20 anyway,and why are they in London? The Italian economy is how important to us exactly? Didn't we all agree that big corporate trips to Las Vegas were a waste of taxpayers money? Haven't we railed against perks like European junkets and lavish dinners? And what's with the private jet thing? That is so 2008.

It's been reported that the leaders of the G20 will spend a grand total of 8 hours and 40 minutes together, including meals. How much did you get done at work yesterday in your 8 hours? Exactly. How much do you suppose these folks will accomplish? Oh, I'm missing the point you say? It's all a big show, a way to fly the flag of cooperation among nations, a place to introduce the new American president to the world. I say get him a Facebook page.

There IS work being done of course on the global economy, just not in London. There are very smart people from all these countries and more trying to figure out a way to get our 'big blue marble' with its complicated, interlocked financial system back working again. Only better this time. But summit meetings like this accomplish little and this one in particular, with the world economy reeling, is poorly timed. Unless of course you like listening to the leader of France talk about financial responsibility while workers outside Paris hold their boss hostage because they're pissed off about plant closings.

I've heard that the last time a summit of this magnitude was held to address the global economy was in 1933. How did that work out?

Summits are allot like World's Fairs, remember those? Or allot like the judges on 'American Idol'. What purpose do they serve?

'A poor choice of song', 'I hate your outfit', 'You need to get out of yourself more', did I mention it was a '..poor choice of song'? To prove just how little they matter, they unanimously slammed one poor blonde quasi-talent last week, telling her she was 'in trouble'. She wasn't. She came back and wasn't even in ' the bottom three'. Or was that the G20?

'Broken record' the guy yelled. Now that was 'dope'.