Sticking to a tried-and-tested formula
tinue next season.”
The return of Connick, Urban, Lopez and Seacrest will bring some stability to the long-running reality competition series, which has seen its ratings tumble amid a number of judging panel overhauls in recent years.
For its 12th season, American Idol replaced Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler with three new judges: country star Urban plus the toxic duo of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
The undisguised hostility between the two divas proved to be ratings poison, with the show’s average numbers declining by a whopping 23%.
Producers made a big deal of rejiggering American Idol for its 13th incarnation, bringing Lopez back to the fold and hiring nice guy Harry Connick Jr. as a judge.
The kinder and gentler retooling may have won American Idol some praise from the critics, but it didn’t stop the show from hitting an alltime ratings low this season, with just 10.2 million viewers tuning in for the finale on May 21.
American Idol producers seem to be betting that it’s safer to stick with a formula that kinda-sorta works rather than subjecting the programme to yet another drastic face-lift, and it’s not hard to understand why: as indicated by the soft premiere of ABC’s Rising Star which premiered in the US recently, the demise of The X Factor this year and the already-dwindling numbers for NBC’s The Voice, viewers are apparently growing weary of singing competition shows, so why bother with more gimmicks? – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Ryan Seacrest will host the 14th edition of next year.
double treat: Kevin Spacey has won two oscars in his career so far for The usualSuspects in 1995 and american Beauty in 1999.