I swore off American Idol for good after taking a break in 2012 and giving it another try in 2013. I did not watch the 2014 season for lack of interest. I never thought I would be watching the show in its 14th season in 2015.
Why am I exactly watching? Mainly the promise of shorter episodes and a new format that may make the show less time consuming. It also seems like they may have a better way to choose a person to win that can not just sing, but can give the presence of an established artist. I’m also excited to see what Big Machine Records boss, Scott Borchetta, can do for the dying show. So far some of his tweaking as already made for a better show.
I also think the judges have the best chemistry since Paula Abdul bid the judges table adieu way back when. Harry Connick Jr. is oddly likeable and has a mostly goofy personality. He sometimes comes across as an ass and seems to want more from the people auditioning then what is needed at this stage in the competition. Him and Keith seem to have a somewhat forced “broship”. I say forced because they want that connection to compete against The Voice‘s “broship” of Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Jennifer Lopez is there always so down to earth and kinda the little sister in the middle of her two older brothers.
I don’t believe the show will ever reach its former glory days, but I also don’t think even if ratings go up a little that the show will last for more than a handful of more years. While still incredibly cheap to make and produce, the show is losing sponsorship’s that will end up causing the price tag on this old dog to go up each season. Last year AT&T cut the cord on the show, and this year the show has lost Coca-Cola. The Ford Motor Company is still holding on for another season, but honestly, I think we all hope the cheesy commercials that the Idol have to do, are gone.
The biggest problem with the show in the last few years has been that no one talks about the contestants. I have written 373 words and haven’t mentioned the talent of the shows contestants once. That is a problem for the show. The show has become more about itself. Everyone talks about who will judge, are the judges leaving, Ryan Seacrest, the show is losing ratings, the show is losing sponsors… Not the people trying to win the record deal. I’m not even going to talk much about the talent because the talents is still not the focus of anyone’s attention.
What I will say about the talent is, they do seem to be sending some better people through. The only name I really remember is the blind guy, Garret Miles. That guy can sing with such ease it is kinda crazy. So, go Garret.
Did you watch the new(again) American Idol? What did you think? Let me know on the comment section below.
Image Source: Wikipedia.org