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So the new look American Idol panel has finally been unveiled… and it turns out there’s nothing new to it after all!
As you’ve doubtless heard by now the latest batch of Idol judges includes Keith Urban from season 12, Jennifer Lopez from seasons 10 and 11 and Harry Connick, Jr a frequent guest mentor from recent years. Could the ‘new’ team be any less exciting?
After a pretty big ratings decline last season Fox promised big changes to their reality champion and numerous ideas were bandied around. We were promised a panel of former Idol contestants. Or an industry panel comprising of producers, writers and execs.
But what we’ve ended up with is probably the blandest, more unimaginative and ultimately ratings sapping team possible.
American Idol has only been off our screens for about five minutes and it’s still been dominating the pop culture headlines all week!
After a lackluster season 12 which saw ratings plummet to an all time low, and a panel of judges no one liked, rumors recently surfaced that Idol is planning a very big step for its 13th year. All the current celebrity judges are out – and in their place will be a new panel comprising of FORMER Idol contestants.
The names currently being bandied around include Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aitken and Adam Lambert and yesterday reports surfaced that Hudson’s deal is essentially done. So is the story true? And is this a good move? Here’s my take…
American Idol – season 12. What happened?
For a season that started so strong, how did TV’s formerly biggest music show end so miserably. Ratings are down drastically year-to-year, the judging panel is falling apart, the show feels exhausted and NBC’s The Voice is thrashing Idol in ratings AND buzz. Personally, as a huge Idol fan, I’ve checked out.
So what went wrong? Here’s what I think are the five main flaws of Idol this season:
I’m a big Joan Rivers fan, mainly for her ability to tell it like it is. And last week Rivers engaged in yet another piece of typical truth telling…
As you may have read Joan poked fun at ousted Today anchor Ann Curry – which generated a typically heated response online. But the part of Joan’s act that most interested me was when she complained that the Today show had rested on its laurels for too long… and that’s why their ratings had recently taken a downward spin. We all know the story. Today was the number one morning show for over 17 years… and now they’re number 2. And don’t forget this is a show that brings in hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue for NBC. It’s a money making machine!
You may or may not like Rivers and her routines – but she speaks the truth – and there’s a valuable lesson for a lot of TV producers out there. I moved to the US almost 8 years ago and was a faithful Today watcher for all those years. But a couple of weeks ago I switched over to Good Morning America myself. And I don’t plan on going back.More >
Hey guess what – my favorite music competition is finally worth watching again!
After suffering through a truly terrible two-year period – let’s call it ‘The Steven Tyler Era’ – American Idol has bounced back better than ever in the last few weeks. And it’s all to do with those brand new judges – Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj.
At the start of the year I speculated as to how the new Idol panel would fare, hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. At a time when Fox pays Britney Spears $15 million to speak with a strange British accent, act robotically and struggle to give even the vaguest semblance of a critical note – my expectations weren’t exactly high. But the new Idol judges are smart, thoughtful, critical and passionate. Phew!
After months of hype, cast catfights and great expectations, American Idol is back for a 12th season? So will you be watching?
I didn’t watch a single moment of Idol’s 11th season – and it seems I wasn’t alone. Idol lost a whopping 23% of its total viewers last season and the season finale plunged by almost 8 million viewers from a year earlier. Sure the show is still a major hit – but Fox needs to stop the declines. And fast!
For me the big reason I tuned out last season was due to judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Partnered with the consistently ineffectual Randy Jackson, Tyler and Lopez (the former in particular) barely offered anything resembling a critique in season 10, leading to a dreary season where every performance was ‘amazing’ and ‘special’. Total snooze. How I longed for the days of Simon Cowell. Or even Kara DioGuardi. Heck even Paula had some moments of clarity at times!
But now Tyler and Lopez have departed to ‘re-launch’ their music careers and a new posse have been drafted in – diva Mariah Carey, rapper Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban. Unfortunately we still have to put up with Randy Jackson. More >
Back to another familiar topic here at Remote Patrolled – the soap opera that is the American Idol judging panel!
Last month I wrote about the departure of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez after just two seasons on the show, a fact that has to give some comfort to the jettisoned-too-soon Kara DioGaurdi.
Now we know that Mariah Carey is on board as a season 12 judge, and it looks likely that she’ll be joined by pint sized rapper Nicki Minaj. But are Mariah and Minaj enough to save the slipping show?
Okay let’s first start with Mariah. Most people in the entertainment industry know that Carey has been circling an Idol style show for some time now, having almost signed on to season 1 of the US X Factor. She’s a big name and brings huge credibility as probably one of the finest voices of her generation (along with Whitney, Christina and Celine). Plus this is a good fit for Mariah who now has children and could do with the exposure following a slip in sales.
Mariah may also remind viewers of Paula Abdul, given her penchant for wackiness and self-absorption. The difference – Abdul was likable. Carey is not. And she has a truly More >
So it’s official. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are officially out at American Idol, leaving Randy Jackson once again as the last judge standing. But what does this mean for the veteran reality competition show?
Over the last couple of days there’s been plenty of speculation, opinion and frankly, quite a lot of nonsense talk too! So as a former Idol fan (like many I sat Season 11 out) here’s my take…
Okay for starters – let’s get real! American Idol isn’t going anywhere. Not this season, not next or likely for the forseeable future. Sure Season 11 of the music competition series did experience the show’s largest dip to date – but Idol still averaged 20 million viewers over the course of its season. Name me one other series that hits those kind of ratings… exactly!
Sure there’s a lot more competition now from the likes of NBC’s The Voice and network sibling The X Factor – but neither show is averaging more than 12 million viewers a week – and most importantly, neither has created a star yet (of course X Factor UK is responsible for Leona Lewis, One Direction and rising star Cher Lloyd). Idol on the other hand has More >
What a season it’s been for American Idol so far this year!
How so? Well aside from a scene featuring a contestant falling off the stage, Season 11 of the long running music competition show has been notable for one key factor – it’s almost total lack of buzz!
So far this season there hasn’t been a single contestant who’s made headlines in the way that the likes of Pia and Casey did last year, or even a terrible contestant like William Hung did several seasons ago.
The fact is NO ONE is talking about Idol this year, and this total lack of buzz is reflected in the show’s ratings. Put simply, Idol is in freefall.
I’ve already commented on Idol’s 2012 slippage in an earlier post back in January, but since then Idol has only fallen further. On Thursday night last week, Idol pulled in ‘just’ 15.64 million viewers and a 4.5 18-49 share. Wow!
By now you’ve probably heard the news… for the first time ever American Idol is starting to look vulnerable.
Yep, Wednesday’s opening night ratings for the first show of the 2011 season plunged a painful 17% in total viewers (to 21.93 million) and an even more disturbing 24% in the 18-49 demo (from a 9.8 to a 7.4). And the trend continued last night – with Idol even BEATEN by CBS’s Big Bang Theory and not even reaching 18 million. Ouch!
Now first up let’s just say these are still great ratings. American Idol is now in its 11th year – and for a show that old to be scoring over 20 million viewers for its opening night is pretty darn incredible. Most shows would be thrilled to come even close to those numbers.
However, those ratings do represent a significant chink in the veteran talent show’s armor. For years American Idol grew season after season, becoming such a ratings monster that it virtually crushed its competition. Sure this week’s premiere did hurt competing shows (most notably the NBC ‘comedy’ line-up of Whitney and Are You There, Chelsea – but that’s no big feat!) – but ABC’s line up remained generally unscathed. Heck More >