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Simon Cowell revealed that back in the day American Idol was a success until too many people with too many ideas got involved and he decided to exit the show. Cowell is seen here with Paula Abdul when the was a judge and the show was a hit - (American Idol photo)

 

 

Video Beat EXTRA - THE DEATH of AMERICAN IDOL HAS FINALLY ARRIVED

James Loving - National Radio Text Service

 

 

From ashes to ashes from dust to dust American Idol's blatant demise is a must. Rome burned and so did American Idol. The powers that be had such an ego that they felt they were too big to fail and THEY WERE WRONG

 

Thursday, April 07, 2016

NOT TOO BIG TO FAIL

It's been 15 seasons that American Idol has experienced a rise and fall that in incomparable. We can't recall when a show that had so much popularity could self destruct in such a short period of time.

Prior to its season finale Idol aired a program featuring many of its production staff, contestants and others involved in the program reminiscing about the good old days until its current demise. The individual that many of us love to hate Simon Cowell was prominently featured of the show.

Cowell has made many an acrid statements that turned out to be true. Most memorable is his statement about Idol fans who he said would clap for anything. He was right and that in turn contributed to the shows demise as it appears the producer felt that they had a product that was indestructible.

Cowell has gone on to be successful with the X-Factor. In last seasons finale they filled Wembly Stadium while Idol is scrambling around to find venues to accommodate its dwindling attendance.

The reminiscing show rambled through season one and its rise to what appears to be its zenith at the time when Carrie Underwood won the title. From that point things seemed to unravel as changes were implemented.

Cowell noted that he was on the show from season 1 through 9. At that point he recognized that there were too many people involved with too many ideas and he decided that it was time to leave.

Many of those interviewed were behind the scenes producers. Given their comments and mentality it's plain to see why the show went down the tubes. Their ideas were old and not relevant to today's tastes and trends.

Prior to his departure Paula Abdul left the show and was replaced by Kara Dioguardi who was not featured in the tribute program. They also went was off center by hiring comedian Ellen DeGeneres as a judge.

That project crashed and burned as she hated to criticize contestants and in reality knew very little to nothing about the music business. Both appeared in the tribute show in video but made no comments on camera.

How can a viewer forget the nightmare season when Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey were judges? The producers manufactured a feud between the two to gain ratings which Carey revealed on an Australian radio show interview.

Former producer Nigel Lythgoe was interviewed and expressed that the show should always be about the contestants. That sentiment was ignored. The show became all about the judges, most notably with their grand entrance down a fleet of stairs at the start of the show which was a Simon Cowell idea. It was as if they viewed themselves as royalty.

Lythgoe can be best remembered in season 11 telling Jermaine Jones that he was being thrown off the show because he had some minor warrants for his arrest that he ignored and failed to tell the Idol producers.

That incident was criticized by many, including by media and government authorities in the state of New Jersey where Jones was from. The opinion was they used Jones as a scape-goat to raise Idol's slumping ratings.

It was at this point that we abandoned watching and reporting on the show on a regular basis. That season was the season when current diva judge Jennifer made the outrageous statement early on in the competition when judging Phillip Phillips say, "I want you to win Phillip."

Philips suffered throughout the competition with throat problems and was clearly out-sung by the competition but the judges for some strange reason kept making excuse after excuse for him to keep him in the competition that he eventually won.

That was the season when Jessica Sanchez was the superior talent and was set up to fail in the finals when she was given a horrible song to sing that was not complimentary to her talent.

Since then Idol has continued to manufacture results. It's been a while since host Ryan Seacrest boasted that the show received over 100 million votes. Now the vote count isn't mentioned. The Season 11 finale registered a record 132 million votes according to Seacrest during the telecast.

Idol judges have a bad habit of making prejudiced statements. The stealth like manner in which Lopez draws attention to a singer she prefers is when the camera is on her and she explodes with comments that she got goosies or you deserve to win. Statements such as this have a tendency to influence the viewers voting.

We say farewell to American Idol and good riddance. We pay tribute to the show by deleting every season that we've covered the show with the exception of Season 11 that aired in 2012 which was the true depiction of what Idol is all about..... BULL SHIT.


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