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American Idol

Posted Thursday, May 6, 2010, at 3:26 PM

Has American Idol headed south this season?

In my opinion Ryan Secrest and the judges are so busy with their own agendas they are taking away from some talented contestants.

I was glad to see Paula go after last season but Ellen wasn't the answer.

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I happen to like Ellen. I feel many times she reflects want the TV audience feels. However, the

sooner they get rid of Kara the better. I hate her rambling and her holier than thou attitude. She needs to keep her criticisms shorter so we can see the entire show. Also, if they want to

keep Ryan, tone him down and cut his comments

shorter. And I'm tired of the gay innuendos by

him. This is about the contestants, not the host and not the judges. Simon has changed too. The onlyone true to himself is Randy. How about bringingAdam Lambert as a judge, Alicia Keys as a judge and making Ellen the host?

-- Posted by sofasu on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 6:39 PM

It may be a moot point because my understanding is that the ratings have fallen to the point where Dancing With The Stars has now overtaken them.

I agree that in my opinion the judges have taken away from the contestants this year by keeping them confused about what the judges want to see out of them.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 6:55 PM

I Like Ellen too she is the only reason I have watched this season. They haven't had much talent to watch for sure. I am about tired of Randy saying everybody sounds like karaoke though ... American Idol isn't anything but karaoke people trying to sing other people's songs. That's what karaoke is..

But I really hate Dancing with the Stars.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 12:02 AM

In my opinion, the contestants should be allowed to choose any song they wanted to sing; should not be given specific categories such as Frank Sinatra, and should not have "mentors" such as Miley Cyrus. In fact, the program is so "slow moving" it gets to be extremely boring before the finale.

-- Posted by reilly on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 6:57 AM

I vote for Harry Connick, Jr., to replace one of the judges next season. He was great the other day!

I also get tired of the gay innuendoes between Ryan and Simon; it gets old. Kara rambles too much, but at least not half as much as Paula did!

-- Posted by welkindance on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 7:41 AM

The first season of AI was actually decent and then it went downhill after that. The contestants this season are mediocre at best and to be honest, you really don't need four judges and especially Kara and Ellen. The judging dynamic worked better when it was just Randy, Paula, and Simon.

I would rather watch Dancing with the Stars because it is at least amusing most of the time while AI can be so excruciating and painful to sit through.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 7:51 AM

I was in a play at about the time the AI season was starting, and so I didn't get in the habit of watching it this year.

Tom Bergeron gave a great interview the other day where he said (graciously, given the circumstances) that AI is just having a bad season. He said Dancing With The Stars had a bad season last time around; sometimes it just happens that way. He seemed to feel that AI would manage to right the ship and move forward, depending on whom they choose to replace Simon Cowell.

I've also read that Ryan's more pro-active role this season is a decision to make him, as host, more of the star of the show in preparation for Simon's exit.

I also keep hearing rumors that Simon may hire Paula as a judge on his new show, the American version of "The X Factor." When Simon left "Pop Idol" for the British version of "The X Factor," it turned out to be the death of "Pop Idol," and that may turn out to be true on this side of the Atlantic as well.

As I understand it, "The X Factor" (which, unlike "Idol," Simon created and owns the rights to) is somewhat similar to American Idol except that it includes groups as well as solo performers, and there's also an element where the judges serve as mentors. One judge mentors the younger solo artists, one judge mentors the older solo artists and one judge mentors the groups.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 9:11 AM

I was really looking forward to Ellen being on Idol this year, but I have been disappointed in her. She doesn't have her own opinion in regards to the contestants. She simply rewords what Randy says. I expected to see more of her comical side when giving her thoughts regarding the contestants.

As much as I have enjoyed Idol in the past, it has disappointed me this season. To be honest, there hasn't been much success from the past winners anyways with the exception of Carrie Underwood's wonderful talent. Yes, Kelly Clarkson has seen her own success too, but she is one of only a few. Daughtry was voted off of Idol, but did succeed on his own. Even so, we never hear about Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, Reuben Stutter, etc. So, as far as I am concerned, the show has served its time.

-- Posted by ohwell on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 9:34 AM

Between Ellen and Ryan, I have stopped watching the show. The talent is overshadowed by these two self serving wannabe stars.

-- Posted by chs61 on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 11:33 AM

I once asked a design engineer from Detroit, why do they redesign a great winning auto every year and ruin it? He said they had a hugh design department and they had to do something. I suspect the American Idol managers should have left the program exactly like it was originally. The more changes they made the worse the show became.

-- Posted by Grits on Tue, May 11, 2010, at 8:18 PM

I lost interest early in the season this year when I saw real talent getting voted off because the cluelesss teenyboppers were voting for the "cutest" performer. Aaron should not have made it into the final 10, much less lasted longer than Siobhan.

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 4:23 PM

I have to agree with MotherMayhem. When "Big Mike" was voted off in favor of Lee and Casey, that was proof that "cutest" is winning over talent.

-- Posted by reilly on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 3:14 PM

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