American Idol is not the same reality show we have learned to love anymore
On Apr. 7 2016, Ryan Seacrest said his final goodbyes for the "farewell" season of American Idol...or so we thought. But just a few months ago, ads for the return of American Idol began popping up on ABC. March 11, 2018 was the first night of season 16 auditions. But the new season brought major changes to the show which would completely change the show that American Idol fans grew to love.
The revival of American Idol also brought three new judges to the table: Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry. Although Ryan Seacrest, who hosted the original American Idol, reprised his role, new judges meant a completely different show. Viewers were angry enough when Simon Cowell suddenly left the show after Season 9 without a real justification. This new revival of the show may seem appealing, bringing an R&B legend, pop diva and country boy, but turned out to be a group of unqualified and disappointing judges, ones that would slowly make this thrilling show very unpopular.
Some classic parts of American Idol are still there, including the talk of the casts' childhood journeys, montages of the hopeful dreamers, and clips of the teary rejects. But the judges play a critical role in the show, acting as the advisors to potential superstars, a key part being a good balance of compliments and criticism. However, all the new judges are capable of is meek comments that lack value. "You're interesting and brilliant beyond your years," Bryan said during one audition round, and "I'm fascinated by your brain," added Richie. They are just trying to be kind, familial figures, but these comments defeat the purpose of the show, which is competition.
It's been a pretty rough couple of weeks for American Idol, as the viewer rating dropped millions this year, and people turned to The Voice as a better alternative. Monday night's episode drew about 7.7 million viewers, an 11 percent drop from the previous week. That same night, The Voice grew by about 11 million more viewers. There is a reason people were inclined to stop watching American Idol: it's boring. The excitement has disappeared with the appearance of the three new judges, because the truth is that these three will never compare to the original trio: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson. Viewers were angry enough when Simon Cowell suddenly left the show after Season 9 without a real justification. But now there is a completely new and very different set of judges, and the spark the old judges brought to the table has almost completely disappeared. Maybe with some training on how to be a good vocal coach and guide will get these three judges and this show a slightly higher viewer rating, but that can only go so far.
Mahnaz Habib. Hi! I'm Mahnaz and am a staff writer. I love to hang out with friends, read, and watch Stranger Things. I also dance and play the violin. More »