After weeks of rumors that Nigel Lythgoe would not be returning to American Idol as an Executive Producer next season, he confirmed the news on Twitter today. He Tweeted, “just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain everyday. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad! Monday we choose our top 20. I’ll smile again.” Then he added, “Yes, don’t worry I’m on #SYTYCD. FOX still loves me. It’s not a personal thing they just feel IDOL needs new leadership after 12 Seasons.”
My theory is that if the ratings for So You Think You Can Dance don’t pick up soon, that show will be a goner because he doesn’t have American Idol to protect him/it anymore. I used to love both shows, but the judges turned me off from them. Hopefully American Idol will have better luck this upcoming season.
After just one season Mariah Carey is saying goodbye to American Idol. Her publicity firm PMK*BNC Tweeted her departure by saying “W/ global success of ‘#Beautiful’ (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol.” The news is no surprise, but how she did it is because she didn’t do it herself. They buried the lead in a Tweet.
So that means that in the last few weeks the only original judge Randy Jackson, Mike Darnell, who ran Fox’s Alternative Programming, and Mariah Carey have all quit the show after a disastrous season in the ratings. The show hit several series lows and lost over half the viewers they used to get at it’s peak.
When it comes to fixing Idol? I think they really need to cancel The X Factor because the singing competition fatigue has gotten to people like me. They also need to not make the show about the judges any more and focus on the contestants. They really just need to get back to what they were and not what they are now. Can it be done? Yes. Will it be done? Probably not.
UPDATE: Nicki Minaj is also leaving American Idol. She Tweeted, “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!” No one is surprised, and I am not sure if anyone is really upset by her departure. She is the reason I didn’t watch this season.
So now it is up to Keith Urban to stop singing The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go? and just go!
The X Factor announced its two new judges today for next season and they are Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. Who? Rowland was in Destiny’s Child and Rubio is a Latina pop star. There really isn’t much to say about them because there hasn’t been much said about them in general.
I just don’t think Simon Cowell has his finger on the American pulse. He doesn’t get what Mark Burnett gets. He keeps picking hasbeens and/or the other person that no one cares about. While The Voice picks current stars that we care about. It’s almost like Cowell is just copying The Voice with the lesser version of the NBC show’s mentors, Voice got Xtina he got Britney, Voice got Shakira he got Paulina.
If he is thinking these two new hires will get him the big ratings he thought he could get with the show, he is sadly mistaken. How long will Fox let this show go on? If Fox were smart, they would cancel The X Factor and bring Simon back to Idol. But that is just me.
Nicki Minaj is following Randy Jackson out American Idol’s door according to Us Weekly. A source told the mag, “She’s okay with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway.” Can’t say I will miss her because she is the reason why I opted not to watch the show show this year.
It will be interesting to see what American Idol does to redeem themselves next year after this disastrous season. Maybe Fox will consider doing a Dancing with the Stars and a So You Think You Can Dance and cancel the results show.
Next week the networks will announce their fall lineups, but today they are already saying which shows will be back and which ones won’t. CBS picked up it’s 20th show (which is about as many as NBC cancelled) for next season and that show is Criminal Minds. The CW still feels that Nikita has a fighting chance and The Carrie Diaries is still fashionable for them. NBC voted for another season of Parks and Recreation, but they impeached 1600 Penn, put Up All Night to sleep permanently, decided we don’t want to see any Guys with Kids and finally put Whitney out of our misery. When it comes to Fox, Randy Jackson told E! News that he voted himself off of American Idol after 12 seasons. Fox also decided that Kiefer Sutherland no longer has the Touch for them.
I always hate this time of year, my shows always get the bad news…:(
The newly Ryan Seacrest Tweeted this picture of himself getting kissed by Harry Connick Jr and I wonder if they have something to tell us? Well here’s what the American Idol host said about it, “#idol is getting a little cheeky tonight”. Does that help to clear things up?
American Idol is down big time in the ratings and The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the show was prepared to have Jennifer Lopez replace Mariah Carey midseason to get people watching again. Then the mag added that when Mimi heard about the plot, she threatened legal action and as you know she is still on the show. A Fox rep, Nigel Lythgoe and Freemantle North America all denied the story, but the source says that Fox reality chief Mike Darnell and Fremantle’s Cecile Frot-Coutaz were behind the plan.
If those two people really thought that that was the solution to their ratings woes, then they obviously are so out of touch with what the problem is. Viewers are suffering from singing competition fatigue. Plus the show is not about the judges, it’s supposed to be about the contestants. Fox gets more press over who will be sitting at the judging table leading up to the show, that by the time it airs you just don’t care any more. Plus didn’t they learn already with Kara DioGuardi that 4 judges is too many for the show. When you spend more time on the judges’ comments than the contestant’s singing, then it’s not working.
If Fox wants to save Idol, they need to announce next year’s judges in June and spend the time leading up to the show on the contestants who will be on it. They also need to go back to three judges. And the one thing that would really really help them is cancel The X Factor. The network was their own worst enemy by picking up and continuing with that show. There are just too many singing shows and after awhile they all just seem the same. I mean that is why I gave up all of those variety competition shows. Been there, done that!
Now when it comes to J-Lo, I wouldn’t be surprised that she started the rumor because she has probably realized she needs Idol, more than Idol needs her! It helps you career when you are on it, but when you are off of it it doesn’t do anything for you.
I know in the late ’70s it was sexy to wear your shirt unbuttoned, but that was over the 30 years ago and Simon Cowell really needs to button up. Does anyone really want to see his hairy chest? And to make matters worse, he isn’t wearing any underwear. An image I will never get out of my head whenever I look at him from now on.
There is nothing positive about what he is wearing, can you say something nice about it?
If 40 minutes of American Idol‘s results show is not enough for you, then you are going to get a full 60 minutes of it tomorrow.
When AMERICAN IDOL cuts to commercial break later in the show, the behind-the-scenes excitement will continue LIVE during the ad break, giving viewers an exclusive peek from backstage, the IDOL stage and the audience. The LIVE show content will appear on-screen simultaneously alongside each official sponsor’s commercial airing during the results show. Also, the official series sponsors will gain added exposure with on-screen graphics and wraps in these double-boxed commercial pods.
The “double box” keeps viewers connected to the storytelling of the program by giving the feeling of being at a live show, in turn keeping them attentive throughout the commercial pod and continually engaged with the larger window that features the advertising message. Combined with the branding of the on-screen wrap, ad engagement is heightened over full-screen format, a significant benefit to key sponsors.
I am hoping that we get to see a smackdown between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, but I don’t think we will get anything close to that because they will know the camera is on them.
I guess this is American Idol’s way of getting people to actually watch the commercials and not fast forward through them. It will be interesting to see if it will work.
Would you tune in just for this? Do you think other shows like Dancing with the Stars and The Voice should do it too?
The reason why Simon Cowell never gets his panties in a twist, is because he never wears any.
Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams revealed to Radio 1′s Nick Grimshaw (via Press Association) that “Simon doesn’t wear underwear.” Walliams’ co-judge the competition show added Amanda Holden confirmed he goes commando all the time. She then explained they found out about during the auditions, “I can’t reveal how we discovered this.” So not fair, I want to know how she found out.
Cowell, who was also part of the interview, only nodded when asked if it was true.
His shirts might be too tight, but his pants have some extra room in them where his underwear should be. And that was something I didn’t need to know.