American Idol seems like it’s been on forever…almost a decade! They’ve seen multiple talented singers and winners, and gone through a series of judges. Where does the show stand now? Celebuzz had a few of their experts give their opinions on the show.
Recently, Idol judges Steve Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have announced their departures from the show. American Idol was a career boost for the two, but the time has come for them to say their goodbyes. Tyler and Lopez are going on world tours for their music this year. Now, there are rumors that Randy Jackson will move from judge to mentor.
Celebuzz experts gave their opinions about American Idol’s problem. They say the problem is the age of the show’s audience and viewers. TV Guide writer William Keck says, “What was popular 10 years ago can get tired. American Idol is now having to compete with its younger, hipper copycats, who have been able to lure current talents like Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Britney Spears, and Demi Lavato. Next to those names, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler seem old and irrelevant.” Viewers who were around the age of 12 when American Idol first started are now in their 20s. Viewers who are now in their 30s and have kids, their kids will not want to watch the same shows as their parents. Keck adds, “That is I think Idol’s biggest problem—its generational gap.”
Entertainment editor for Yahoo! Matt Whitfield thinks this is the beginning of the end for American Idol. It will be interesting to see who the new judges will be. He thinks that “Randy should be handed the pink slip, and former contestants should be hired to fill the empty seats.” Can you imagine Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, David Archuleta, and Jennifer Hudson as judges?
Despite all the changes, fans have managed to keep the viewership of 20 million! Do YOU think it’s time for American Idol to die off, or will you keep watching? Let us know!