The FOX network has had its fair share of hits and misses throughout the past decade or so. One constant remains in that American Idol will always be their juggernaut of a series that has launched several stars. Many of them transcend even the music scene and have gone on to star on Broadway and even win an Oscar (Jennifer Hudson). It has also seen its variety of judges come and gone, especially in the past couple of seasons. Since season 9, they have had four judges start and stop (Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler) and two of the originals go on to different projects (Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul). The lone original judge is music producer Randy Jackson, who this year is met with a completely different motley crue in pop legend Mariah Carey, hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban.
The show premiered on FOX last night to its usual start up of auditions across the country. It started off in New York and will continue to Chicago tonight. Ryan Seacrest of course is the host (Brian Dunkelman isn't. Too many jokes there).
Here is the deal, and there are plenty other that have felt this way for years- they need to end this show. There are so many other shows that figured out when to call it quits and still have people wanting more (Seinfeld, Sex and the City) and this show doesn't get it that its on its last straw. The inception of Mariah and Nicki is not a good one seeing as the endless reports of them feuding and having extra security hired and whatnot. That already leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Keith Urban is genial as ever and is a great addition but it gets lost between the two of them overtalking (Nicki seriously calm down). All the drama around the show overshadows the actual singers this year, as many of us are wondering what will happen with the judges and not necessarily the singers. Jennifer Lopez is known as a diva but was phenomenally nice and a great judge over the past two years, so this clearly is a battle of ego and camera focus.
Also, these auditions and back stories are falling on deaf ears. The one that stood out to me was Anna Torres, who performed Carole King's "You've Got A Friend". She's a girl though, and not a WGWG (White guy with guitar) so sadly she won't win knowing how the show has been. Sometimes you gotta take a bigger look at things, get the money out from your blinders, and fix an ever failing show as of late. None of the latter seasons compare to when the show was in its early years, and people have even forgotten that Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood were even apart of the show in the first place.