“American Idol” returns to television screens next week with new judges and a fresh attitude. Gone is harsh criticism in favor of more supportive coaching for the singing hopefuls. But will these changes ruin the most watched show on US TV?
British judge, Simon Cowell, master of the cutting comment, has gone. So too have Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DoGardi. Randy Jackson, will be joined by Steve Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. But the show ratings have declined recently and latest winners like Lee DeWyze had very disappointing sales figures on their debut albums.
The show’s best days may be over, especially if judges’ comments are to be toned down and there will be no more ‘Mr. Nasty’, with the focus of “American Idol” turning to encouragement and constructive help. Isn’t the format of cutting wit and judges’ in-fighting what made “American Idol” the most popular show on American TV for years? The show successfully discovered Grammy awarding-winning artists Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, among other musical stars.
This season starts January 19 and will this year be in two new weekly slots, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contestants will also perform songs they wrote themselves.
What do you think to these changes to “American Idol”? Are you keen to see contestants’ original song writing talents? Will you miss the influence of Mrs. Nasty, Simon Cowell? And without the likelihood of acerbic comments among the judges and directed towards poorly performing contestants, will you tune into this season’s “American Idol” at all?