American Idol Ratings Falling – Are Ryan And Keith Going To Be The Scapegoats?
American Idol is still rating well but it is not the television force it once was it has shed 20 per cent of its ratings this year in its twelfth season. Don’t get me wrong it is still a show any Network would want but they will want to stop the drop so to speak.
The rumours circulating at the moment is that Ryan Seacrest may be replaced which is kind of a big deal considering he was been with the show since its inception. Hollywood Reporter is saying Ryan’s contract is up for this year and if he does not take a drop in salary he may be replaced with someone younger and cheaper.
The other issue is whether Keith Urban is bring it as a good judge for the American Idol format. Is he being too nice, and not being that reality TV buzzword controversial? Personally I think he gives good advice but his problem is he does sugar coat it. It does not mean you have to be mean but there are different ways of saying that was not great. Also the judges have to remember there are people “judging” on their sofas at home and they want their opinions validated by the professional judges.
Urban supported comments by Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine who said it was time he and fellow judges Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj became more critical.“He is right,” Urban told People magazine. “It is not easy for us a lot of the time because we are just coming from a different place. We’re artists talking to a young artist on camera in front of millions of people, trying to give constructive criticism in a way that doesn’t humiliate them. I don’t ever want to humiliate somebody.”Urban says it is important to read the situation well before giving advice.“Sometimes they are in a particularly fragile state,” he says. “You can just see it. They are not ready for [criticism] to be delivered to them and I am going to defer in that situation. Someone else, it might look like they are listening … Then let’s talk about why [the performance] wasn’t so good and they’re receptive to that. I am trying to find balance always.”
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American Idol on Network TEN on Friday nights at 8.30pm