American Idol?" Although still profitable, the show has lost its cachet and impact, along with it status as ratings juggernaut. One might have thought a few years ago that it didn't matter who the judges were or what kind of contestants populated the staged, but the last several painful years has shown this to be far from true. There have been possible solutions batted about but I have not seen the one answer that I believe to be the one.">
  11/25/2014  
Day of the Mummy on DVD Dec 9Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special on DVD Dec 9Field Of Lost Shoes on DVD Dec 2What If on DVD & Blu-ray Nov 25Hart To Hart: Season 3 on DVD Dec 9The Simpsons: Season 17 on DVD & Blu-ray Dec 2Robin Williams Remembered - Pioneers of Television on DVD Dec 2

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Day of the Mummy on DVD Dec 9...
Demi Lovato Talks Miley Cyrus: "I Have Nothing in Commo...
5 Things That Should Be In Katy Perry's Super Bowl Half...
Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special on DVD Dec...
Field Of Lost Shoes on DVD Dec 2...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT...
JACK REACHER...
MANBORG...

CA Chuck Aliaga

THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (BLU-RAY)...
AIN'T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM (BLU...
THE LADY (BLU-RAY)...
SWAMP THING (BLU-RAY)...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...
NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN...
DARK SHADOWS: THE GREATEST EPISODES COLLECTION - FAN FA...
JACK KEROUAC - KING OF THE BEATS...

MZ Mark Zimmer

Take Part in a Film Restoration...
STORAGE WARS: SEASON ONE...
LOST KEATON...
BLACK NARCISSUS (BLU-RAY)...
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY (BLU-...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...
BASEBALL'S GREATEST GAMES: 1986 WORLD SERIES GAME 6...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...
THE TROUBLE WITH TOLSTOY...
HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN TWO HOURS...
ANATOMY OF A MURDER...
BASIL DEARDEN'S LONDON UNDERGROUND (ECLIPSE SERIES 25)...

RR Rich Rosell

AFTER.LIFE...
MYSTERY TRAIN (BLU-RAY)...
PANDORUM...
THE SIMPSONS: THE COMPLETE TWENTIETH SEASON...
THE SIX DEGREES OF HELTER SKELTER...

JC Joel Cunningham

WINGS OF DESIRE...
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS...
MONSOON WEDDING...
PIERROT LE FOU...
SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
MANAGEMENT...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...

DH Dan Heaton

NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

JU Jeff Ulmer

THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

Article: The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is...

All over the new Internet these past few weeks, there have been many articles analyzing "what is wrong with American Idol?" Although still profitable, the show has lost its cachet and impact, along with it status as ratings juggernaut. One might have thought a few years ago that it didn't matter who the judges were or what kind of contestants populated the staged, but the last several painful years has shown this to be far from true. There have been possible solutions batted about but I have not seen the one answer that I believe to be the one.



The show itself has retooled various aspects of the show, kept one recent judge (Kieth Urban), brought on a new judge (Harry Connick) and brought back an apparently popular judge (Jennifer Lopez). Although this configuration is light years ahead of the train wreck Nikki Minaj/Mariah Carey season, anyone watching on DVR is now well-trained in zipping past he useless judging comments. This begin with the ill-considered stunt cast of Ellen DeGeneres and the painful participation of Kara DiGuardi. Stephen Tyler was terrible as a judge but at least amusing in his weekly reanimation for participation in the show. Now original judge Randy Jackson is the group mentor replacing the insightful but terribly cranky Jimmy Iovine. However, it is not really the week-to-week judging that is the problem with American Idol. It is really quite meaningless and just a part of the spectacle of the format.

The essential problem with American Idol is the quality of contestants. Each year they claim that the talent pool is larger and better than ever. We listen to the judges proclaim how difficult it is to choose between contestants. Each year we have seen a decline from talented, trainable singers that grew through the process of the show. The last few years has seen hopeful and talented replaced by cheesy and gimmicky. One can see why original judge Simon Cowell left not long after a joke like Taylor Hicks won the crown. Now the show is populated with a half dozen Taylor Hicks. Seeming someone like Scotty McCreery win the title can only cause one to throw in the towel. How many years has it been since someone of any impact won the show?

The answer for American Idol is to bring back Simon. He was the person who could steer the talent choices to people who had the fundamental core to build on and provide an entertaining show. Of course, watching his X-Factor would show that he is no the be-all and end-all. His judgement was not bad but his co-judges were riciculous and the productions quality hovered right between tacky and godawful. But, that same judgement made all the difference in the years when American Idol was at its best. Of course, the dude is a dad now and richer than Croesus. Plus it would be hard for him to take a subordinate role now that he has run roughshod over his own failed show. Seems unlikely to happen and it seems improbably that lightning could ever really be captured again, but that is the reason American Idol is a shell of what it was.

Posted by: Joseph Burke - March 9, 2014, 8:01 pm - Article
Keywords: television, american idol




Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

horror, celebrity, demi lavato, miley cyrus, the tj show, heart attack, sonny with a chance, disney channel stars, music, sports, katy perry, superbowl, half time, comedy, drama, television, saturday night live, michael che, bill cosby, cameron diaz, beyonce, 7/11, american music awards, sunday, movie, hunger games: mockingjay-part 1, danny strong, christian toto, john nolte, sarah seltzer, documentary, action, foo fighters, beat the bots tour, 2015, sonic highways, fenway park in boston, wrigley field in chicago, citi field in new york, rfk stadium in washington d.c., chris pratt, guardians of the galaxy, dave chappelle, shailene woodley, ansel elgort, steve carell, michael sam, judi dench, esio trot, bbc, philomena, dustin hoffman, richard curtis, sci-fi, james bond, christoph waltz, daniel craig, ralph fiennes, ben whishaw, naomie harris, patrick schwarzenegger, adore you, arnold schwarzenegger, maria schriver, family, the big bang theory, mrs. wolowitz, carol ann susi, breast cancer, jennifer actress, plunging neckline, movies, christopher nolan, big hero 6, interstellar, gone girl, st. vincent, andy dick, arrested, tmz, stolen necklace

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

earth mosaics

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

DVD Marketplace

Snappy Planet

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store