"Hollywood's Not America" (CD single)

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Heidi Kotansky, Common Sense Media
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Idol ballad is sappy and clean.

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Positive Messages

Positive themes of being true to yourself.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

"She moved west to California/became a centerfold" is the only sexual thing in the song.


Obvious tie-in to American Idol.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this ballad is featured on American Idol. There's nothing objectionable in this song except for the passing mention of a woman coming to Hollywood to make it and ending up a centerfold. The rest of the lyrics reinforce the idea of being true to yourself.

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What's the story?

This heartfelt ballad is the exit song for losing contestants on American Idol. Staying true to your roots and not getting caught up in the Hollywood scene is what it's all about.

Is it any good?

There's a reason why American Idol picked newcomer Ferras' song for their show: it's sincere, it's inoffensive, and it speaks to anyone who's ever had a dream. (Although, it's kind of strange for a show about making it big in Hollywood's music industry to choose a song about how Hollywood isn't real life.) Ferras' voice is good -- save for a few high notes -- and he glides over the piano keys like someone who's been playing for quite some time. Yes, the lyrics are generic ("And I know, what you're doin'/I know that you, you can be/anything you want to be") and at times a bit too preachy ("If you can make a million dollars/you might lose yourself/and you can take the heat/where your heart grow cold"), but this easy-to-listen-to, blue-eyed-soul singer will be big.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how a reality show can catapult someone into a star. Do you think Ferras would be as popular without the name American Idol behind him?

Music details

  • Artist: Ferras
  • Release date: January 29, 2008
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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