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‘American Idol’ tour cancels tour dates; is the end of an empire near?

Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj have all confirmed they will not return to “American Idol” leaving producers to scramble for new judges. Is the end of an empire soon to follow? The twelve year-old reality franchise was down 23% to 15.2 million viewers. The show has gone from number one to a top five show.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 16: (L-R) Singer Adam Lambert, Finalist Angie Miller and singer Jessie J perform onstage during Fox's 'American Idol 2013' Finale Results Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Win
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The “American Idol” tour was originally scheduled to perform in forty cities this summer. With dwindling television viewers, the franchise has cancelled ten dates leaving a mere thirty cities left standing. The tour, set to being on June 29 is now being pushed back to July 19. Cities that were hosting the tour that now are not included Las Vegas, St. Louis, Detroit and Oakland.

When “American Idol” first started, it was the only show of its kind. A few shows came and went (“Singing Bee”) and now “American Idol” had direct competition from “America’s Got Talent,” the “X-Factor,” and “The Voice.” With other shows, judges, and singers to choose from, it’s hard to focus on just one. Could it be that “American Idol” has just become too old and outdated? Do you think brining in past contestants as judges will help revive the failing show?

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