Can ‘American Idol’ Be Saved?
Can ‘American Idol’ be saved? Yes it can! I believe!
This was a really good article I have to say — great read. Also, in the graphic above, notice that the drops from Season 6 to 7 and Season 7 to 8 were much steeper than from Season 8 to 9. Says a lot in my opinion.
During the May 19 results show, Seacrest announced that the top three contestants had received a total of 47 million votes, down from 88 million at the same point last season. Websites that cover “Idol” — from its official Internet presence at AmericanIdol.com to vote forecaster Dial Idol and blogs like Vote for the Worst, Rickey.org and MJsBigBlog.com — have seen their cumulative unique visits per month drop 45% since 2007, according to comScore.
(Note: This is not true for Rickey.org — we are down only 6.48% from 2009, up 5.72% from 2008, and up 65.78% from 2007. I think AI.com and VFTW took the biggest hit, because as far as I know, you guys are very loyal!)
“We thought we would kill ‘Idol,’ but it’s killing itself,” says Dave Della Terza, creator of Vote for the Worst. Della Terza says he’s thinking of shuttering the website because covering “Idol” has become “a chore” and, ironically, he says the contestants are too bad. “You need to have great contestants on the show in order for us to work, so that people get angry when their favorites are voted off first,” he says. Vote for the Worst has seen its traffic drop from 248,000 unique visitors in April 2009 to 135,000 last month, according to comScore.
Rickey Yaneza of Rickey.org, however, counters that the Tim Urbans, Andrew Garcias and Lacey Browns of this year are hardly different from the Ace Youngs, Megan Joys and Kevin Covaises of seasons past. “There are haters every year,” he says, “but I’ve had people say that they love the singers on the show. They like the idea that so many people are playing the guitar.”
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The solution is simple - have better contestants.
Every single contestant this year is pretty bad, and would not have made the top 10 (and arguably the top 12) in any other year. That is why people stopped watching. However, if you get better contestants, people will once again tune in.
It's hard to have a talent show without the talent. So, if Idol is able to find the next Kelly Clarkson or Chris Daughtry or Carrie Underwood next year, fans will return even without Simon and Paula.
The show itself is the problem.The judges and the producers ,especially simon.They try to manufacture a robot contestant to win the show according to the their standards.While the most talented ones ,they try to show him/her the less talented ,had limitations ,even though they've fixed and choose his/her songs to be humiliated on stage.One thing they should know that talents and skills are inborn even if how you try to conceal it ,and gave him or her the lousy songs and sabotage the performance,he /she will always make his performance outstanding because it comes naturally the artistry in him/her.And jamie fox even said that on stage.If they want to save the show's credibiilty ,let the contestants perform and choose their own songs and let the voters decide fair ,fair and square,and not let the judges act in front of millions of audience worldwide because what they said were all scripted after all.Let the voters decide who they want to choose and not sabotaged any contestants not to win in every season.
Idol is doomed...2011 should be the last year American Idol is on TV ..celebrating its 10 th Anniversary
I also hate the people who say "this season sucks, bring on X Factor!" when they haven't even seen X factor before...how do you know it won't suck?
The Judges are the problem, not the contestants.
Kara is annoying with her critiques about "artistry." Who is she to decide who has "artistry" or doesn't. A good singer develops into a good artist as their career moves on. These are amateurs on the show. They should have a great vocal coach to help them, I wonder if they do.
Also the band is too loud and the back up singers are too much, it's annoying.
Simon doesn't care anymore and it shows.
Four Judges are too many...the show has become about them not the contestants.
It's almost impossible to make it in the record business unless powerful people are behind you. It's the same on American Idol, they pimp the contestants they favor while they destroy the others.
The public sees through these manipulations and get turned off.
The show has a great premise and can come back to being great again, they need good advice and need to go back to the basics .
When the show first began they didn't want Rock singers, now they crave it.
Personally, they have to stop looking for any one genre and let the public decide which singer they want.
They want the contestant to fit into a box, and it's destroying the singer and the show with it.
A great singer can sing any genre.
You are being silly now. The lousy contestants are the problem, not the judges!. What do you want huh?, maybe RuPaul, Hassehoff, and Paula Abdul.... i am sure they will say that all the contestants are stars and will make big bucks in the future.
Just face it. AI IS done, and i fully understand why Simon will leave the sinking boat and start up his own show, which will much better than AI.
I think AI changed their minds about allowing rock singers on the show in light of the huge success of Daughtry who had the #1 album of the year on Billboard charts. I can't blame them for that. Let's face it--the recording industry is still a business. The judges and producers have to think about which contestant will sell the most records at the end of the day. I think Season 9 did just that--both Lee and Crystal will sell a lot of records. But they need to find great songwriters. I hope they find excellent songs to record.
The drops are consistent 2-3 millions each season. That's darn good considering the show is 10 years old. And it's still the highest rated.
I hope they don't tweak it anymore because it becomes confusing. Maybe if Nigel had remained the producer the show wouldn't have suffered the talent -- you think?
I cannot believe that out of 100,000 the judges alone (and not the producers) determine who goes to 24 slots....and then to 14 slots. Either the show is attracting mediocre auditioners or the producers aren't looking for bona fide stars.
And yes, I'm for ringers....and second chancers....if someone like Carly Simonson & Michael Johns got cut from a record contract, then they should be given a second chance with AI. It makes the show more interesting.
I am also annoyed by people who call this season the weakest bunch. They say that every year. They will say it next year too. I think the big thing this season was finding "raw talent" as opposed to "plants" and contestants with stage experience. People were always complaining that they let too many plants on the show, and now they are complaining that the contestants aren't experienced enough. I don't get it. People can be dumb sometimes. This is a great season.
I think the steep drops over the past few seasons and the smaller drop this season is because many people are feeling that the contestants and subsequent winners of this show are irrelevant and they are frankly bored/burned out. This coupled with the relative green contestants we have this year, we maybe see an even larger drop off for next season. Sure you will have a small but rabid mob of followers for each of the more popular contestants, but in the real world, they are unknowns and frankly not being represented properly by 19 Entertainment and have to face the stigma of being on American Idol.
Nothing can save American Idol or this season. The only thing I'm happy about is that auditions for next year will be held in Jersey City. :D