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….