This is an open letter to the producers of "American Idol."
I've tried folks, I've really tried to keep my blog postings positive and upbeat but after reading how the ratings of "American Idol" have plummeted 20% this season, I feel it is now time to put my two cents in the Reasons Why.
|The judges (?) on "American Idol"|
Three years ago when Simon Cowell announced that he was leaving "American Idol" my first thought was "there goes the show." Hey folks, I'm not one of these hot shot program experts but I do what made "American Idol" work and that was Simon's honest if sometimes caustic comments about and to the contestants. Say what you want about Simon, you all know he always told the truth. I wasn't one of those lily-livered panty waists who got all offended when Simon delivered one of his no frills criticisms of a performance. Bill wouldn't even watch "American Idol." He said "Oh, he's so mean." Oh give me a break.
|Randy "Dawg" Jackson, Paula and Simon - these judges were the magic that made "American Idol" notwithstanding Simon's choice of Décolletage revealing sweaters|
Does everything in life have to be Goody Two Shoes? Do ALL the kids in school have to win first place? Here's a bulletin folks, there are losers among us. Not everyone is a winner. All this namby-pamby "She (or he) is SO nice and trying SO hard", we have to say something nice. Here's another clue folks, there are a--holes among us who think they have talent. One of my guilty and no so secret pleasures was to watch one of these "Daddy's girl" have the TRUTH delivered to them - "you got no talent honey, go home."
I knew the "American Idol" magic was gone when Paula Abdul left the show over a salary dispute. I don't know exactly what she was getting but whatever it was, she was worth it. Sure, she almost always gave the same criticisms (never bad) but the chemistry between her and Simon was another factor that made AI so watchable.
So what did the AI producers do when Paula left the show? They hire someone at five times the salary who has NO chemistry. They hired Ellen Degeneres. WTF? Hey, I like...I LOVE Ellen but hiring Ellen as a judge? Ellen cries over puppies that aren't adopted at the animal shelter. Ellen is going to deliver a stinging criticism of some no talent? Hardly. Of course it came as no surprise to many that Ellen stay was a snooze fest (she was boring) and she was soon replaced.
|Jen and her "talent"|
So who do the brainiacs at AI replace Ellen with? JENNY FROM THE BLOCK! Are you kidding? I couldn't believe it. Jennifer Lopez, she of the super annoying, insincere giggle and the BIG ASS. Jo-Lo, queen of the divas. Jennifer Lopez, just what is it that she does that is so special? And I think they paid her something like 15 mil? For God's sake. Of course Miss Nasal Jenny From The Block was another BORING snooze fest.
|Steven Tyler (lovely)|
Next up is something called Steven Tyler. I never got this "musician." Call me an Old Out Of Touch Fogey, but what is a Steven Tyler? Again, the AI producers paid this (whatever it is) BIG BUCKS for the audience to see this over age rocker hit on the young chickee contestants.
Now this season we have Mariah Carey and Nikki Minaj. Mariah Carey? Mariah Carey makes Jo-Lo look good! Mariah Carey, the dumb ass who once said she admired the starving people of Africa because they were so "thin." Here is Mariah's quote exactly folks:
Mariah Carey: "Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff."
Once I heard that Simon wasn't going to be on AI, I stopped watching. Then when I heard who was coming on I KNEW I wasn't going to be watching "American Idol." I'm going to take time out of my day to watch self-absorbed fools like Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Steven Tyler? Here's my question to the brain challenged producers of AI, just what demographic are you looking for by hiring these clueless, self-absorbed airheads?
|Nikki Minaj (send in the clowns)|
So here is my suggestion to the folks who produce "American Idol", stopped going after the phony celebs and hire real people as judges. Sure they can be celebrities but they don't have to be singers. In fact, I think singers should be disqualified because they are so narcissistic and hung up on themselves they could never give an honest opinion. Can you imagine the AI producers hiring Barry Manilow, Kid Rock or (God help us) Celine Dion as judges? Hey, don't put it past them to do something stupid like that while they're in the death throes of "American Idol" becoming irrelevant.