With American Idol, America’s comfort food for television, back on the air, it’s time to ramp up ideas around it. A zillion parodies have been done, but the one we like the most is “Inmate Idol”. What do prisoners have lots of? Time! And your local prison or jail might just let them make collect calls from the phones. Let inmates in local jails call the request line collect while the morning show is on and have them, over the run of the TV show, sing for you (as individuals or groups), whenever they call (you don’t actually have to have a competition amongst them – just inmates singing is enough to justify doing this). You’ll also have stories to tell from those incarcerated, thus increasing the intrigue factor of the bit.