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Would Paula Abdul rejoin American Idol as a Judge?
June 7th, 2017 under American Idol 9+. [ Comments: 1 ]

Simon Cowell has already made it clear that he has no interest in the American Idol reboot on ABC, but what about Paula Abdul? She told The Insider, “I just think, the judging thing, I feel I’ve hung up my judging skills.”

But how does she feel when it comes to the show returning after only a year off. She said, “My feeling is, is it really too soon to have an outlet and an amazing platform for young hopefuls to become superstars? I don’t think so. I think there is never enough.” I think you can have too many, which is why so many of the talent shows have been cancelled over the last few years.

You have to admit it is pretty interesting that the biggest names from American Idol 1.0 want nothing to do with the ABC show. In fact, not only have 2 of the 3 original judges said no, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson have committed to doing The Voice over AI 2.0. That sings volumes, don’t you think?


Is Ryan Seacrest jealous over Katy Perry’s American Idol paycheck?
May 30th, 2017 under American Idol 9+, Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest. [ Comments: 2 ]

As we know Katy Perry is going to be a judge on ABC’s version of American Idol and it is rumored that she is getting $25 million for the gig. A number that reportedly isn’t sitting well with Ryan Seacrest. According to Page Six, he was only offered just over $10 million and he feels as the only original member of the singing competition left, he should make more than the newcomer.

While I get his point, I can see ABC thinking why should we pay him twice since they are already paying him for Live with Kelly and Ryan. Plus, Idol is costing ABC a lot of money and the chances of them making it back are going to be hard. At least according to CBS, who said it would take a 35 share to break even and that is why they turned it down.

Oh and Page Six also says that Perry isn’t making $25 million to do Idol. Which is a good thing because I don’t think she is worth that. Heck I don’t I even think she is worth a quarter, but that is me. I just don’t see people tuning in for her. Would you tune in for her or do you think they should have gone with someone else, anyone else?


Are you hot or cold that Katy Perry is joining American Idol?
May 16th, 2017 under American Idol 9+, Katy Perry. [ Comments: 1 ]

Last week ABC announced that were bringing American Idol back for a 16th season after it only being off the airwaves for just a season. Today, they announced their first judge and it is Katy Perry. She needs them more than they need her because her career is tanking. Her last few songs have been failures and now she is going on a World tour. It used to be if you did Idol, it helped your sales, but I don’t think people will tune in for her. Yes, she is a name, but she is not well liked. In addition, she screams desperation. It is going to be all about her and she will talk over everyone. She is just so last Friday night.

And that is one of the problems Fox had with Freemantle and the show. Fox wanted a new panel for season 15, but Chairmen & CEOs, Fox Television Group, Dana Walden said they wouldn’t do it. Then she elaborated why they wouldn’t do it and the consequences, “They felt it took a long time to find the chemistry that existed with Jen and Harry and Keith. They ultimately said to us they would rather rest the show after this season than make any changes and try out a different panel and we respected that. That’s when we decided to call it the Farewell Season.”

She was right, and Freemantle was wrong. The Voice knows how to pick they type of Coaches that people like and will tune in for, while Idol did not and seems does not. I mean Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban was so turn of the Century and Harry Connick Jr was so last Century. And that is why their ratings plummeted 70% in the last 4 years. Because of the declining ratings, Fox asked them to make some trims and they wouldn’t.

Fox also feels that it is too early to bring back the show per their research and fan boards. Fox wanted to wait until 2020, but on the conference call Walden said that Freemantle wanted to bring it back now. Walden’s theory on why they might have rushed to get it back on the air so quickly is because as she explained, “Then I think probably all of you saw RTL’s earnings call last week. They lost revenue from not having this show on in the U.S. That’s meaningful, when you’re running a public company.”

All in all Walden felt during their initial meetings that, “…it would be extremely fraudulent to bring the show back quickly, that our fans would not appreciate being told one thing and then have the show brought back right away. We and Fremantle just had very different points of view.” Come Spring of 2018, I am sure ABC is going to feel the same way as Fox.

How do you feel about American Idol coming back in 2018? How do you feel about Katy Perry as a judge?


It is a no from Simon Cowell
May 11th, 2017 under American Idol 9+. [ Comments: none ]

ABC picked up American Idol for a 16th season this week and they are having a problem finding people from the Fox version to join their show.

The Voice announced in the last 2 days that they hired Oscar winner and American Idol season 3 contestant Jennifer Hudson and the original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson as coaches for their upcoming seasons. That means those are two alumni that they cannot hire for Idol.

What about their most famous and loved judge Simon Cowell? He told Extra they asked him, but he told them “no”. They he explained why, “I have no interest. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest] and Paula [Abdul]. You can’t recreate that.” He also revealed to Terri Seymour that he left the show for a reason and has not regrets for doing so.

What about host Ryan Seacrest? He told Extra, “I would love to do it, but I got this job right now.” Of course that job is Live with Kelly and Ryan. My theory is he wants his old salary and ABC doesn’t want to pay him twice. Therefore, money not time is ABC’s biggest problem with him signing on for the reboot.

Who can Idol get? I am sure they can Randy Jackson, because what else is that dog doing? When it comes to the other possible Judges, I am sure they can get William Hung and Sanjaya Malakar, That is if they can find them.

Granted after having said all of this, I think that American Idol should start completely over. New faces would be a good thing.


The winner of American Idol is…
May 9th, 2017 under American Idol 9+. [ Comments: none ]

After just a year off, American Idol has a new home for its Sweet 16 season. ABC made it official today by announcing they beat out Fox, NBC and CBS to reboot the musical competition.

What we know so far. The show will air on ABC next season, most likely not until 2018. What we don’t know is everything else.

What does this mean for Dancing with the Stars? Does this mean it will still air in the Fall, while Idol will air in the Spring? Normally, they air The Bachelor in between Dancing’s seasons, so will they air Idol instead and move The Bachelor to a new night? Most likely it will be Dancing, The Bachelor, Idol, but we will know more next week.

Why did I bring up Dancing before the host and judges that have not be decided yet either? Because I think ABC should look at some of the past contestants of Dancing to be their host. Yes, I am saying it again, I don’t think they should go with Ryan Seacrest. They need to start completely over if they want the show to succeed. Who do I think should host? I think Joey Fatone would be a great person to fill Seacrest’s shoes.

When it comes to the judges, they need to compete with the names on The Voice. No hasbeens like they used to do on Idol. I think Josh Groban would be a great choice because he has a natural voice and that is important to coaching these kids. I also think they need a former Idol, and I would go with Kelly Clarkson or Kelly Pickler. They are sweet and have down stuff in music since their time on the show. I don’t like Adam Lambert and I think he would be bitchy to be bitchy. When it comes to the third judge, I think it needs to be a musician like Jay-Z who also has managing a record company on their resume. No fourth judge. That doesn’t work. ABC see Dancing.

We also don’t know where it will be filmed, but it needs to be LA. That is its home, not NY. As someone who lived in both cities, I don’t think Manhattan has the same feel as LA.

When it comes to if I am excited the show is coming back? No. I stopped watching after they added Jennifer Lopez and I don’t miss it. I am more excited about everything else like the who, what, when, where and why, then the show itself.

How do you feel about American Idol returning to our TV’s next year?


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