Friday, April 12, 2024

Ryan Seacrest Returning to Host an “American Idol” No One Wants, with Katy Perry as Judge


“American Idol” is coming back, there is nothing we can do about it. Today, it was announced officially that Ryan Seacrest was returning as host, this time on ABC. But really, we knew that almost a day after Seacrest joined Kelly Ripa on ABC’s “Live.” It was part of his deal.

But why is “American Idol” coming back? No one wants it, no one. Once a ratings juggernaut– 2006 was its high mark year– “Idol” limped to its conclusion in 2016 with 11 million viewers. And they may not have actually been aware the TV was on. “Idol” went off a cliff in 2014 and never recovered. Between 2011 and 2016, 15 million viewers left. They are not coming back.

Can you name the winners of “American Idol”? Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson (was not the winner her year), Fantasia are the names that come to mind. In those early days, “Idol” winners went directly to Clive Davis, who made them into stars. But as the years went on, the winners weren’t very idol-worthy. Some, like Phillip Phillips, had one off hits. But after Jordin Sparks in 2007, the winners are not memorable. Anyone know
Scotty McCreery?
Candice Glover?
Caleb Johnson?
Nick Fradiani?
Trent Harmon?


And to make matters worse, NBC’s The Voice has signed up Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson for the next two rounds. So if you’re so nostalgic for “American Idol” you can watch the former winners right there. Katy Perry? We love her. But it’s unclear what her contribution ratings wise will be.

“American Idol”? It’s good for me. There will be plenty of headlines about the ratings. But for the audience? It seems like a waste of time.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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