American Idol Season 9
So, it’s time for another season of American Idol. And it’s love/hate for me this season. Here’s why…
So, I love the show. I love the format…for the most part. But I was never exactly in love with Paula’s performance. Apparently, neither were the show’s producers. So, what do they do? They bring in Kara. For me, she’s the better judge (because she actually gives real, actionable feedback. Paula usually avoided the uncomfortable by focusing on the contestant’s appearance.)
But…as refreshing as Kara is, the 4 judge system has never worked (for those of you who remember Season 2).
When I heard that Paula was leaving the show because the producers lowballed her, I got excited again. Too bad my excitement lasted for about 10 minutes. My heart sunk when I found out that Ellen would be joining the cast at the judges table.
What are they thinking?
Having 3 judges at the table is better, almost magically correct number for two big reasons. 1) It gives each judge more time to comment. And 2) it’s exciting to hear that Randy doesn’t care for the performance, while Paula does. And then it’s up to Simon to split the vote.
My other big beef with Ellen is Ellen. What is she really bringing to the table? Viewers? I don’t think so.
Is Idol really hurting for viewers? No. (And I doubt Ellen can bring in an audience that doesn’t already exist at this point.)
Does the show need comic relief? No. And I think we all remember the Nick/Norman Gentle fiasco last season.
And–above all else–other than singing “just keep swimming” in Finding Nemo, what credentials does Ellen have?
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