Extra! Extra! Read all about it! My left pinky toe is going to be a judge on American Idol next season! Along with: a rubber band ball, Garfield the Cat, and Zachary Ty Bryan. Yeah well we’re pretty much at that point, aren’t we? After 12 seasons, we’ve seen more people come and go from the judges’ chairs than Michelle Duggar has children. Well it feels that way, anyhow.
FOX is allegedly pitching their ideas for next season in a meeting next week, and their ideas definitely do not include Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban or Randy Jackson. Randy claims to be leaving on his own terms, and whether that’s actually true or not, who knows… but I can’t say I blame him. I stopped following American Idol after Jordin Sparks won, and the only reason I paid any attention to it at all that year is because my roommate Mike and I would sing along, dramatic show-tune style and drink a lot of Franzia. It definitely stopped being fun after that.
I also stopped trusting the judges’ opinions after Simon Cowell quit. A lot of those kids need a harsh dose of realism, criticism and insults! Well I used to think so, until he allegedly ordered Demi Lovato to lose weight for The X Factor. GROSS. Even still, a lot of the judges have been too polite and accepting, which is why we haven’t seen a Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson level of success in a long time. So maybe, just maybe, we could all live without Idol? I mean, look at how many reality talent shows there are now. It’s ridiculous.
Lately, the most interesting thing about Idol has been the ever-changing judge panel. That’s not what the show is supposed to be about – cat fights between “divas,” abusing the word “pitchy,” and Steven Tyler‘s creepy, mangled toes. Sorry, no thanks. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of heat for this, but if the pitch meeting with FOX goes down the tubes and the show is cancelled, there’s no love lost here. If you’ve forgotten about some of the juicier scandals of Idol, though, please allow us to remind you.
I’d love to see FOX do a show following the resurrection of Brian Dunkleman‘s career, though.