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American Idol Has Big Changes Coming Its Way — But Enough To Save The Show?!

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It’s no secret that American Idol hasn’t been doing so well lately, despite the publicity from Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj’s feud.

Last week’s episode brought in the show’s lowest ratings, with just around 11 million viewers — down an overall 22% since last season — which means that if the show wants to remain on the air next season, it’s going to need some MAJOR changes. YIKES!

We’re sure all will be revealed in due time, but for now, any of the following changes could potentially happen, including some rumored “format tweaks…”

Say bye bye to Nicki and Mariah, or so we think. Idol will most likely be getting itself some new judges. A source revealed:

“The show has always taken pride in being about the contestants, not the judges. And if the judges had a little rapport with each other, it wouldn’t be all about them. Instead, all anybody ever wants to talk about is how the judges don't get along. It’s exactly what producers didn’t want.”

The show might have to cut out its Theme Nights to stay current on the music scene. It must be able to compete with the younger, hipper Voice. As the source said, “these contestants are not interested in the old stuff.”

In fact, producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, who have been running the show so far, might also have to be replaced due to their more conservative music taste.

Idol’s summer tour might also have to be scrapped for the sake of saving costs.

Hmm, we wonder which of these will be implemented. We just hope they'll be enough to fix the show's current problems and boost future ratings!!

[Image via FOX.]

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13 comments to “American Idol Has Big Changes Coming Its Way — But Enough To Save The Show?!”

  1. 1

    First step, cut Minaj. Second step, cut her again until she bleeds like she made your ratings bleed. Third, get some judges that get along and people actually like.

  2. Latoya says – reply to this


    I bet they want to Live it up with JLO just about now !!!! Get rid of Mariah Scary !!!

  3. Random says – reply to this


    Nikki and Mariah make the audience feel uncomfortable with how much they argue. Judges make a show and these judges just aren't cutting it. Randy was only good when he was sitting next to Simon and Paula. The only person I seem to like is Keith Urban and he actually deserves to be there. I have always loved this show and unless they get great judges and stop with the stupid props and dances, they won't be getting much more ratings. The Voice, which has some of the BEST judges I have ever seen, is going to destroy Idol if they keep this up.

  4. TeamMariah says – reply to this


    Idol's mistake was thinking that creating drama about the Judges (diva drama) would bring back ratings. They should have learned their lessons after Niki made threats to Mariah earlier on and cursed and screamed at anybody who had even 1 word to say. Why not get rid of her then with all the public backlash?!
    How is it ok for someone acting solely on the impluse of their ego, with little to no control of their emotions, on a national program (that's suppose to be the best)?! Did the producers think it was ok? America certainly didn't! Why does everyone else, including the chief, have to play professional YET it's ok for an "ignorant ghetto no talent ho"?!

  5. 5

    What's strange is this season has had the best talent in years and the top 5 were great. I love Nicki, she tells it like it is. Mariah is the boring one. She doesn't say anything of any importance. I think people are just over the show and have moved on to The Voice.

  6. 6

    I hope Keith Urban sticks with whatever changes because he is really really good as a judge.

  7. 7

    Keep Mariah. Ax Nicki and Randy. Bring in Gwen Stefani (for the pop/rock crowd) and Rihanna or Beyonce for the younger crowd..

  8. 8

    Bring Kelly Clarkson the FIRST and best winner in as a judge. She was good on DUETS even though the show sucked.

  9. 9

    how bnout cut idol period. the show is over. anyone who has won in the past few seasons I never hear anything from them. carry underwood is the last I remember.

  10. Grei says – reply to this


    the "judges" should't be called judges, they give their opinion but, they don't really have a say as to who wins anyway, its all voting!

  11. team Minaj says – reply to this


    Re: misscheriamor – I totally agree wit you Nicki is 1 of the best judges idol ever had…. But I think they should cut the show period its not wassup no more !! I personally don't think anybody cud save that show.

  12. Bevi says – reply to this


    Keith should stay!

  13. ash says – reply to this


    it's the crappy talent this year, not the judges. well they picked the talent so scratch that. ..