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The Demise of American Idol


It’s official.

Paula Abdul has confirmed that she will not be returning to judge American Idol Season 9.  Just another nail in the coffin, folks.  As I have extolled over the last few years, AI has been jumping the shark since that magic season when the silver haired soul singer won.

I have been on record regarding idol madness and their obvious lack of creativity in keeping the franchise fresh and interesting.  The plethora of copy cat “talent shows” that have diluted Idol’s appeal, in combination with the producers’ hubris in maintaining the same old cheesy format have assisted in sounding the death knell of the reality show talisman.  It was fairly transparent that the addition of Kara Dioguardi as the “fourth” judge was but the first step in replacing the wacky, somewhat unreliable Paula Abdul.

However, what the producers fail to understand is that Paula is one of the things that makes Idol, Idol.  No more crying tirades, no more “just what is in the Coke cup”, no more Simon/Paula love/hate exchanges….definitely the ending of an era.  My prediction is that Idol will trudge through Season 9 with little of interest between the judges — much like the other three judge panels of American reality talent contests.  Ratings will continue to drop and limp into Season 10, which will be the last season. 

You heard it here, first, folks!

As for Paula, I’m figuring that she’ll continue to make money like she always has and is likely well set after her eight seasons on AI.  What I’m really hoping is that she’ll write a tell-all memoir of all the backstage shenanigins that we all know go on.  She just might be ditsy and pissed enough…


Here he comes….


Posted by on August 5, 2009 in american idol, TV


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Here We Go Again…

ETA:  It’s worse than I thought.  Rather than dramatic changes that would assist in torpedoing the most watched television series in history, the initial show was EXACTLY THE SAME drivel as previous years.  Hideous singers, exploited women, and Ryan’s tired-ass schtick.  The demise may be faster than I initially predicted.  The only bright spot in the whole show was blind musician, Scott McIntyre.


Many of you know that I have profusely extolled the fact that the favorite American pasttime of American Idol has jumped the shark.

One of the first signs of the piroueting fish is substantial changes to format.  Well….Season 8 opens with a new judge (Kara DioGuardi), a promise that the spasmatic, William-Hungistic performances will not be exploited, and an expanded number of “idols” in the Hollywood round.  I’m sure there are more surprises as the season goes on, as well.

HEAR ME NOW….American Idol will suffer it’s lowest ratings ever this year.  Of course, I’ll be watching and commenting just to prove that I AM RIGHT, dammit.

Interestingly, I was watching the NFL play-off game between Philly and the Giants this weekend, when the following promo for AI came on.  Even though it goes by fast, take note of the :14 mark and the :23 mark.   He’s grey-headed and skinny with some funky moves.


More to come…


Posted by on January 13, 2009 in american idol


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