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American Idol Is No Longer The Powerhouse That It Used To Be — And FOX Knows It!

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It's been a long time coming.

Fans of American Idol have known for a while now that the show is far past its golden years.

And we'd be a little nervous if we were Ryan Seacrest or Jennifer Lopez, because it seems like the people at FOX have started to take notice too.

FOX Chairman Peter Rice has voiced some concern with recent seasons of the once-unbeatable singing competition.

While at the Television Critics Association press tour, Peter said:

"If I have a criticism of the show for us, it's that we haven't found for us, in the last two years, [contestants] who have captured the imagination of the public. They've been really talented kids, but for whatever reason, there hasn't been that catalyst behind the show."

The catalyst that Peter is talking about is the star power that was present during the early days of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

One of the biggest indicators of FOX's lack of confidence in the series is that for the upcoming 14th season, live episodes might be contained to airing just once a week; combining performance and results shows into one.

With an ever-changing panel of judges, public feuds behind the scenes, and, we'll say it, lackluster performances, it's no surprise that what used to be the No. 1 show in America has fallen all the way to the 17th most watched in just three seasons.

Goodbye, American Idol!

We're sure you'll churn out another few years before you join The X Factor in singing competition heaven, but just know, we might not be watching.

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6 comments to “American Idol Is No Longer The Powerhouse That It Used To Be — And FOX Knows It!”

  1. Jared says – reply to this


    It's obvious the show isn't what it used to be. Truth be told, it should've ended when Simon left. But the show isn't given the credit it deserves, lackluster or not. It doesn't thrive on the "team blank!" and celebrity of The Voice and at least some of their winners have commercial success- I can't name anyone from The Voice or X-Factor. But it's been well over 10 years and with on demand, tivo and DVR, online streaming, Netflix, iTunes… not everyone is going to be watching like it was when there was only a few things to watch without other options. I still prefer it over the gaudiness of The Voice and the ridiculousness of Rising Star or the complicatedness of America's Got Talent, because at least Idol is a pure singing competition without the gimmicks. The three original judges should come back for the last season. I hope it bows out (and it will soon, like it should) with dignity, because it is a groundbreaking era in time / music / television and deserves more than the sweep to the side as if it never happened. It should end on a high note.

  2. loverr says – reply to this


    Re: Jared – i agree 100%.

  3. lili says – reply to this


    lots of baby animals killed for this fur for this old ho!!!!

  4. 4

    I agree with Jared. It would be great to see Simon, Paula and Randy in the final season of AI.

  5. 5

    Perez remains the worst written rip off site on the planet. Moron! Sample: "live episodes might be contained to airing just once a week." Lazy, hideous (inside and out), theif, pig-faced, illiterate, hypocrite, loser.

  6. Anthony says – reply to this


    I thought JLO was suppose to save the show, remember!!! I guess that's why her cd sold half of What Mariah Carey's did and they replace Mariah with JLO!!!!?????????