Stick­ing to a tried-and-tested for­mula

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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.

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