Monday, May 27, 2024

Something’s Wrong at “American Idol” as Monday Numbers Drop Again, Even with Vanna White


Last night’s “American Idol” from Hawaii was not a ratings hit.

Something is wrong with the venerable competition. Monday’s show was the second lowest of this season, dropping 200,000 viewers from Sunday.

Hmmmm…Total viewers in fast affiliates were 4.152 million. The number may go up a little with further counting. Vanna White’s presence did not add to the proceedings.

I wasn’t impressed with the singers so far. I think the producers know that, too. They were encouraging several acts who subpar, but trying to show enthusiasm for everyone.

Over at they put in the time to grade everyone, and you won’t see many A’s. Unexpectedly, I really like Kennedy Reid, a country singer with a lot of personality. She did a bravura job on Reba McEntire’s “Fancy. At least she came alive and had presence, which is more than you can say for most of this group.

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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