Saturday, April 13, 2024

“American Idol” Finale Loses First Hour to “The Voice” But Wins Second Hour to No Competition


It’s a sketchy win for “American Idol”‘s first finale on ABC.

“Idol” lost its first of two hours to “The Voice” by a nose. The ABC show rebounded from 10-11pm, when NBC basically conceded the time by airing “Running Wild with Bear Gryllis.”

For “Idol,” it’s a victory of some sort, but not what the show used to be. And the winner, Maddie Poppe, is quite awful. If singing Melanie’s “Brand New Key” like karoake is measure of success, then we’re all in trouble.

The three “Idol”  finalists, in fact, were bland and unimaginative. I wonder what happened to some of the more interesting candidates we saw in the auditions. I’m sure one of them will go on to big things, just as Jennifer Hudson (who lost her season) did.

There’s a lot of good music out there right now, and so many aspiring performers who sing rings around the winners of these god awful competitions. I’ve started to think these winners are no better than the people who win gold medals for stuffing the most hot dogs down their gullets at state fairs.

I would have voted for this guy:

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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