it started when Lambert was on Idol, but they were still at it a year ago:
RETURNS TO “American Idol XIII” JUDGES’ TABLE
Keith Urban, a four-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 15 million albums, will return to American Idol XIII as a judge.
IDOL hopefuls will meet Emmy Award-nominated host Ryan Seacrest and the judges, including Urban, when the auditions travel to Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Omaha, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. American Idol XIII debuts in January 2014 on FOX.
Additional judges to be announced.
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Considering the retread judges announced for Idol, I expect another 25-30% drop for it in season 13. Fox had better hope that The Following didn't alienate a bunch of viewers with that dumb finale.
"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche
His music may not be current, but he is attractive to the girls and thats important on a show like this!!
Having said that, this show still has big challenges ahead with music selection, the loss of Jimmy Iovine, and the dead weight of Randy Jackson still haunting the show. If they can find some interesting contestants that the audience can get invested in, this could be a good year for Idol.
Based on what i read on Facebook, i see a big jump in ratings for Idol. A ton of people have posted that they stopped watching last year due to Niki and Mariah, but they are now looking forward to having J-Lo back, and Harry Connick too. I know for me personally i watched last year, but am looking forward to the judges more this year.
Connick was a last second replacement-ironically, he'll easily be the best judge. I just don't know that he'll do much to help the ratings. That, and going back to three judges are the only positive moves that I have seen so far. I am dubious about this "big jump in ratings" you refer to.
Regardless of the quality of the show, X-Factor's drop is a strong indication that the singing shows are continuing to lose their appeal. I'll also be surprised if The Voice doesn't suffer a sizable drop in the ratings, even though X-Factor is a lot more like Idol than The Voice.
This might also be an early indication that the broadcast networks are going to have another big drop in audience.
As to J-Lo getting un-popular, i think the key with her is that she attracks people at first but then her being too nice to the contestants and really not giving any critisizm hurts her. If they can get her to be more honest that would help a lot. Man, Idol needs Simon on the judges panel.
I really hope they stick to a 3-judge panel and dont use guest judges to make it 4 people.
I'm guessing their thinking is certain potential viewers are going to or not watch regardless of various themes. So they go after the fringe market by appealing to them. Now whether they alienate their core audience I can't say as I certainly don't fit into it or their desired market.