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(The Hollywood Reporter)   American Idol's ratings sink to a new low, giving hope to viewers everywhere the atrocious competition may finally come to an end   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 114
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2013-03-30 01:24:36 PM  
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O'RLY?
 
2013-03-30 01:44:52 PM  
It'll just be replaced by something equally awful, so getting excited about its failure is kinda pointless.
 
2013-03-30 02:00:42 PM  
I honestly didn't know it was back on until I saw a promo while watching the most amazing, most incredible, most superlative episode of Hell's Kitchen EVAR.
 
2013-03-30 02:02:01 PM  
New premise: The losers will be cast into a volcano to appease the gods for a good harvest.

American Idol.
 
2013-03-30 02:19:39 PM  
so possibly no more green lit American Idol links?  sweet
 
2013-03-30 02:43:17 PM  
As long as it makes money, it ain't going away.
 
2013-03-30 02:52:40 PM  
www.funnywebsite.com
 
2013-03-30 02:53:22 PM  
Yeah, except this show has already spawned about 10 other shiatty shows like it.  And about 25 shiatty artists.  It's like Hollywood and the RIAA giving each other handjobs wearing gold-plated diamond gloves.
 
2013-03-30 03:04:32 PM  
American Idol reminds me of the old TV show 'Star Search'.  You had all these winners, but hardly heard of any of them after they were on the show.  There are honestly only three people who were on that show that I remember.  Kelly what's her face because she was the first winner.  William Hung for being so bad they gave him a novelty album and Sanjia or how ever his name was spelled.  He was just known for having an epic hair style.  So, of the 10 plus years it's be on, I can only name one winner and two people who made it famous for being bad.

Let it go away.
 
2013-03-30 03:04:48 PM  
Only Kelly Clarkson had any staying power. The other "winners" are obviously very forgettable "talents"
 
2013-03-30 03:07:39 PM  
Upon hearing this news, tries to hide the look of sadness as he waves goodbye to frolic in his millions of dollars and bang his hot girlfriend.

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2013-03-30 03:10:53 PM  
I thought American Idol was going to die when the sarcastic English jerk left the show. I was wrong. It won't go away until it stops being profitable.
 
2013-03-30 03:13:40 PM  
I can't stand watching karaoke when I'm shiatfaced in a bar with my co-workers so I'm not about to watch it on TV with three or four judgmental douchebags yelling at them.
 
2013-03-30 03:17:49 PM  

Mugato: I can't stand watching karaoke when I'm shiatfaced in a bar with my co-workers so I'm not about to watch it on TV with three or four judgmental douchebags yelling at them.


This.
 
2013-03-30 03:26:53 PM  
So you mean radically changing the show to try to appeal to black audiences has turned off the white teenage audience who made your show wildly successful?
 
2013-03-30 03:31:54 PM  

DubyaHater: Only Kelly Clarkson had any staying power. The other "winners" are obviously very forgettable "talents"


Carrie Underwood has a pretty good career and is filling 18000 seat arenas on this current tour.
 
2013-03-30 03:42:45 PM  

mjohnson71: DubyaHater: Only Kelly Clarkson had any staying power. The other "winners" are obviously very forgettable "talents"

Carrie Underwood has a pretty good career and is filling 18000 seat arenas on this current tour.


Katharine McPhee is headlining an NBC show, for better or worse.  And while she didn't win, Jennifer Hudson won pretty much every award they give out for Dreamgirls and is halfway to an EGOT.
 
2013-03-30 03:53:43 PM  

Great Janitor: American Idol reminds me of the old TV show 'Star Search'.  You had all these winners, but hardly heard of any of them after they were on the show.  There are honestly only three people who were on that show that I remember.  Kelly what's her face because she was the first winner.  William Hung for being so bad they gave him a novelty album and Sanjia or how ever his name was spelled.  He was just known for having an epic hair style.  So, of the 10 plus years it's be on, I can only name one winner and two people who made it famous for being bad.

Let it go away.


Singing competitions aren't really about the competition itself. Not really. The winner really actually has it worse than the runner-ups, because the winner ends up in some awful contract that locks them into one-hit-wonderhood, and the one hit has already been written for them. The real goal is to get enough airtime to sing a bunch and build a fan following that will stay with you after the show, and then find a way to get yourself eliminated before you get locked into the contract. Kelly Clarkson's masterstroke was wiggling out of the contract. Since her, it's been Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, and not much else.

Among the runner-ups:
Josh Gracin (4th, season 2)
Jennifer Hudson (7th, season 3)
Katherine McPhee (2nd, season 5)
Chris Daughtry (4th, season 5)
Kellie Pickler (6th, season 5)
Carly Rae Jepsen (3rd, season 4, Canadian Idol)

And Star Search was the same way. The show's biggest winners flamed out off the show. The lesser performers, though, included names like Drew Carey, Usher, Adam Sandler, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Ray Romano, Justin Timberlake, Rosie O'Donnell, Carlos Mencia, Brad Garrett, Dave Chappelle, Kevin James, Sharon Stone, Sinbad, Dennis Miller, and- why not- the Coors Light twins.
 
2013-03-30 03:57:59 PM  

DubyaHater: Only Kelly Clarkson had any staying power. The other "winners" are obviously very forgettable "talents"


Jennifer Hudson
Carrie Underwood
Chris Daughtry
Kelli Pickler
And others would like a word with you.
 
2013-03-30 04:16:32 PM  
If they are viewers, submitter, I'd bet they will be saddened by the demise of this show.

Being a metalhead pays dividends.  I'm not exposed to any of the awful pop and hip hop that is apparently everywhere.  I'm sure not having kids of my own is also a boon to my situation.  I finally heard a song by Rianna the other day.  My first thought was that her man should crush her windpipe the next time he throttles her.
 
2013-03-30 04:19:09 PM  
How has nobody mentioned Phillip Phillips? I don't think anybody from American Idol has had a song as huge as his.
 
2013-03-30 04:23:07 PM  

texdent: DubyaHater: Only Kelly Clarkson had any staying power. The other "winners" are obviously very forgettable "talents"

Jennifer Hudson
Carrie Underwood
Chris Daughtry
Kelli Pickler
And others would like a word with you.


I'd like to have a word with Kellie Pickler.

www.starscelb.com
 
2013-03-30 04:25:04 PM  
I think The Voice is pretty cool for the genre.  The coaches legitimately like each other and they care about the contestants.  And Shakira is insanely adorable.
 
2013-03-30 04:25:04 PM  
Yet it still had more viewers than any other show that night and had double the audience of the NCAA game in the same time slot.

This shiat is not going anywhere.
 
2013-03-30 04:32:57 PM  

salvador.hardin: Yet it still had more viewers than any other show that night and had double the audience of the NCAA game in the same time slot.

This shiat is not going anywhere.


With the NCAA game days in March, it was either NCAA, reruns, American Idol or turn the tv off.  I picked reruns.  CBS shows basketball all day instead of their normal shows, and people like me who doesn't give a fark about anything sports related is going to go elsewhere.  If American Idol had twice as many ratings as an NCAA game, that means that more people would rather watch karaoke than basketball.  It's ashame we don't know the numbers of those who decided to watch reruns or those who said "Fark it." and turned off the television and did something else or watched a movie.  I really wish they'd move all sporting events to channels like ESPN and let people like me who don't like sports, watch regular broadcasting.
 
2013-03-30 04:33:16 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: And Shakira is insanely adorable


Well I can't argue with that. Won't make me watch a karaoke show but she is hot.
 
2013-03-30 04:34:46 PM  

texdent: DubyaHater: Only Kelly Clarkson had any staying power. The other "winners" are obviously very forgettable "talents"

Jennifer Hudson
Carrie Underwood
Chris Daughtry
Kelli Pickler
And others would like a word with you.




Sadly, I didn't realize they were from American Idol. I need to stay more in touch I guess.
 
2013-03-30 04:36:32 PM  
I like watching American Idol. It's fun to watch relatively unknown singers get a chance to show off their talent to an audience of millions. And it's cool to see industry big-shots and legends provide feedback to the contestants. Last week on AI, Smokey Robinson was so impressed by one contestant's rendition of an Aretha Franklin song that he called up Aretha before the show aired and told her she HAD to watch this girl sing. The next night on the results show, Aretha sent a recorded message to the girl telling her what a great job she did. The tears welled up in her eyes - she couldn't believe the Queen of Soul was sending praise her way. No doubt it was one of the greatest moments in this girl's life, and as a viewer, it was really enjoyable to watch.

My family also likes watching The Voice. We don't really like X-Factor, though. I don't really understand why some people seem to really hate these types of shows. If it's not something you enjoy, don't watch.
 
2013-03-30 04:39:09 PM  

blue_2501: Yeah, except this show has already spawned about 10 other shiatty shows like it.  And about 25 shiatty artists.  It's like Hollywood and the RIAA giving each other handjobs wearing gold-plated diamond gloves.


Wouldn't that hurt?
 
2013-03-30 04:39:49 PM  
Hasn't been the same since Simon left. Even when he was present there were still some terrible terrible seasons. It took a hit when Paula Abdul left, but Simon still kept it together. When he left the show was essentially over. It's a shame, really.
 
2013-03-30 04:43:50 PM  

texdent: DubyaHater: Only Kelly Clarkson had any staying power. The other "winners" are obviously very forgettable "talents"

Jennifer Hudson
Carrie Underwood
Chris Daughtry
Kelli Pickler
And others would like a word with you.


with the exception of Underwood and Clarkson none of them actually won the competition, which just goes to show it's crap and to prove DubyaHater's original statement that other than those two none of the winners have had any staying power.

/prepares to be proven wrong but doesn't think he is.
 
2013-03-30 04:48:14 PM  

rugman11: mjohnson71: DubyaHater: Only Kelly Clarkson had any staying power. The other "winners" are obviously very forgettable "talents"

Carrie Underwood has a pretty good career and is filling 18000 seat arenas on this current tour.

Katharine McPhee is headlining an NBC show, for better or worse.  And while she didn't win, Jennifer Hudson won pretty much every award they give out for Dreamgirls and is halfway to an EGOT.


I hope she goes for the one with all the bling
 
2013-03-30 04:48:41 PM  

The_Knarf: texdent: DubyaHater: Only Kelly Clarkson had any staying power. The other "winners" are obviously very forgettable "talents"

Jennifer Hudson
Carrie Underwood
Chris Daughtry
Kelli Pickler
And others would like a word with you.

with the exception of Underwood and Clarkson none of them actually won the competition, which just goes to show it's crap and to prove DubyaHater's original statement that other than those two none of the winners have had any staying power.

/prepares to be proven wrong but doesn't think he is.


True, I mean look at Taylor Hicks. I don't know what America was thinking when they chose him
 
2013-03-30 04:51:35 PM  
Remember when Frank Sinatra went on a talent show and won first place with 40,000 votes?
Whatever happened to that no good talent contest winner?

/now get off my lawn
 
2013-03-30 04:52:40 PM  

texdent: DubyaHater: Only Kelly Clarkson had any staying power. The other "winners" are obviously very forgettable "talents"

Jennifer Hudson
Carrie Underwood
Chris Daughtry
Kelli Pickler
And others would like a word with you.


I've heard tje name Carrie Underwood - but can't tell you what she sings.  I've never heard of the others.
 
2013-03-30 04:55:26 PM  

Mugato: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: And Shakira is insanely adorable

Well I can't argue with that. Won't make me watch a karaoke show but she is hot.


Don't mean to pitch the show - it's not my genre - but what surprised me is how smart and witty she is.  Of course she's sexy, always knew that.  :)
 
2013-03-30 04:58:56 PM  
The only reality competition show that I can stand is Face Off, since it involves people actually doing cool, interesting things.

The funny thing about that show is that the contestants are actually cool to one another. This past season when they got to the final four there was no trash talking, and they were even helping one another open their molds even though they were all under a time crunch. Totally different vine than the usual reality show cattiness.
 
2013-03-30 04:59:43 PM  
Vibe not vine, I mean.
 
2013-03-30 05:00:07 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I think The Voice is pretty cool for the genre.  The coaches legitimately like each other and they care about the contestants.  And Shakira is insanely adorable.


I don't like any of those shows, but yeah, I can see a sharp contrast between American Idol's dumbfarkery judges and The Voice's more agreeable ones.

The Great EZE: blue_2501: Yeah, except this show has already spawned about 10 other shiatty shows like it.  And about 25 shiatty artists.  It's like Hollywood and the RIAA giving each other handjobs wearing gold-plated diamond gloves.

Wouldn't that hurt?


Yeah, but I didn't feel like spending ten minutes extending the metaphor.  You're welcome to try.
 
2013-03-30 05:04:05 PM  

Mad_Radhu: The only reality competition show that I can stand is Face Off, since it involves people actually doing cool, interesting things


What he said. But even that show had to add some drama and crying and shiat.
 
2013-03-30 05:12:08 PM  
I don't understand the people who are hoping that the show goes off the air.  It's the 21st century.  If you don't like it, you don't have to watch it.  Right now, I can get about 35 different channels over the air without paying for cable.  Comcast, Dish, AT&T, and DirectTV will give me something like 400 channels for around $100 a month.  Hulu, Amazon, and Neftlix are amazingly cheap.  DVRs mean I never have to watch what's on when it's on.  There's Vudu, iTunes, and a ton of other on-demand PPV services.  If you don't care for the show, why are you spending your time hoping that it would go away?  Just ignore it and move on with your life.
 
2013-03-30 05:17:36 PM  
Nobody wants to watch people being judged by a clown. When they hired the clown it was the death knell for Merikan I-dull.
 
2013-03-30 05:18:07 PM  

meanmutton: I don't understand the people who are hoping that the show goes off the air.  It's the 21st century.  If you don't like it, you don't have to watch it.  Right now, I can get about 35 different channels over the air without paying for cable.  Comcast, Dish, AT&T, and DirectTV will give me something like 400 channels for around $100 a month.  Hulu, Amazon, and Neftlix are amazingly cheap.  DVRs mean I never have to watch what's on when it's on.  There's Vudu, iTunes, and a ton of other on-demand PPV services.  If you don't care for the show, why are you spending your time hoping that it would go away?  Just ignore it and move on with your life.


The reason why I'm hoping it goes off the air is that it's the symptom of the plague that is reality tv.  American Idol going away would give me hope that more reality tv shows would also vanish from other networks as well.
 
2013-03-30 05:25:30 PM  
But then how will we ever discover the next Nikki McKibbin?
 
2013-03-30 05:25:37 PM  
Adam Lambert started out strong, and his 2nd album should have been more successful than it was. It debuted at one on BB100 then went south quickly. He's doing ok internationally though.There was a rumor he was up to be a judge, and they should have 'cause at least the show would've been interesting, and idol watchers would have someone familiar to keep them watching.

/obvious Lambert fan
// come at me bro
 
2013-03-30 05:35:01 PM  

rbaron71: I'd like to have a word with Kellie Pickler.


Saw her a few years ago being interviewed on WGN just after doing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at a Cubs game.   Rest assured, she won't be using multi-syllable words.
 
2013-03-30 05:39:49 PM  
The only success stories out of American Idol all have one thing in common.  They sing country music.  Think about that one for a bit.
 
2013-03-30 05:42:57 PM  
What irritates me most about that show is watching all the individuality and uniqueness of each contestant being squeezed out, week by week, as they are ground down and styled up to fit some genre niche by the show's producers. Anybody with a strong personality is eliminated early, and by the end of the show it barely matters who wins (and I think the lack of longevity of recent winners reflects that.)

And personally, I don't think the changes to the show are the really cause of its decline. I think its more to do with the show's original audience aging out (this thing's been around for over a decade, right?) and the new audience being more interested in voting/tweeting/apping/whatever the hell the kids do these days during the show's run, and instantly lose interest once the show is over.
 
2013-03-30 05:55:00 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: The only success stories out of American Idol all have one thing in common.  They sing country music.  Think about that one for a bit.


Oh, you mean that obnoxious, twangy redneck noise crap that we use to torture people? Yeah, that says it all.
 
2013-03-30 05:58:42 PM  

Great Janitor: American Idol reminds me of the old TV show 'Star Search'.  You had all these winners, but hardly heard of any of them after they were on the show.  There are honestly only three people who were on that show that I remember.  Kelly what's her face because she was the first winner.  William Hung for being so bad they gave him a novelty album and Sanjia or how ever his name was spelled.  He was just known for having an epic hair style.  So, of the 10 plus years it's be on, I can only name one winner and two people who made it famous for being bad.

Let it go away.


Hey, you hold on a second.  Star Search gave us Geechy Guy.  Ooof.  Well, they DID give us Bobbie Brown, the Cherry Pie video girl.  I'm farking old.
 
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