After months of speculation, American Idol finally announced today that joining Randy Jackson at the judges’ table this season will be Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. When Idol debuts its 10th season in January 2011, Randy will be the only original judge remaining.
I am dying to know if you are going to tune in for the new season or do you think Simon Cowell is irreplaceable. I don’t think anyone could ever replace Simon’s black t-shirt but I applaud Fox for giving J.Lo and Tyler a shot. Both of them are more interesting to me than Kara DioGuardi.
I haven’t decided if I am going to tune in yet. Weigh in…who’s gonna watch?
American Idol is now down two judges after Ellen DeGeneres announced yesterday she would not be returning to the hit Fox show. “A couple months ago, I let FOX and the ‘American Idol’ producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me,” Ellen said in a statement issued to Access Hollywood yesterday. Simon Cowell, who announced last season that he was not returning, has yet to be officially replaced by Idol execs. Online reports are buzzing this morning, however, that Jennifer Lopez will fill one of the two open judges’ seats.
Personally I think Idol should call it quits. While no one can fill Simon’s black t-shirt, with two judges gone I think the show can no longer be what it once was. The records hit a record low last year even with Simon still there. I think the only thing that could rejuvenate Idol at this point is a Simon/Paula return.
What do you think? Are you going to still watch Idol with two new judges?
I have to say that given the lackluster season on American Idol, I was not planning on watching tonight’s finale. Crystal or Lee– I don’t really care who was crowned the winner. But since I *heart* Simon Cowell, I decided to watch his last show ever. Amazingly I actually liked the finale and was impressed with the amount of musical talent on tonight’s show including past Idol winners. One of the best things was Bret Michaels’ performance!! It was good to see him back on the stage after his recent health problems. If you missed his duet with Casey James, you can watch it here. Yes Ashley this is for you since I know you are Bret’s #1 fan! 🙂
I was not surprised when I heard about the low ratings of this season’s American Idol. They have not been this low since the show’s debut season in 2002. I could have told you that without even seeing the numbers. This whole season has just been blah to me. If it’s this bad with Simon, what will it be next year without him? I think Fox needs to call it and cancel this show. I am sure American Idol still rakes in millions in advertising dollars which will keep it on the air. It’s hard to watch such a television icon suffer a slow death. Must-see TV- no more for me.
Are you still watching Idol?
At first when I heard the announcement that Ellen DeGeneres was replacing Paula Abdul I was skeptical. But after watching her during Hollywood week for the last two weeks I have to say she makes a unique addition to the show. It was hard to even tell she was new because she sat at the judges’ table like she belonged there. I found her comments honest and her opinions insightful.
I love Ellen but I don’t see myself saying the same thing about Simon’s replacement who has not yet been named. I bet we won’t find that out until close to the end of Season 9. I still think after this year and no Simon, Idol should retire. There isn’t anyone out there who can fill those shoes (or a black t-shirt) like Simon does.
What do you think about Ellen?
The New York Post is reporting that American Idol producers want Howard Stern to replace Simon Cowell at the end of this season. Seriously? Howard Stern? Have they never listened to his radio show? Every other word out of that man’s mouth would have to be bleeped out for prime time TV. I have said before that I am not planning on watching Idol without Simon. Now there is no doubt in my mind.
Do you think Howard can fill Simon’s shoes?
Today Fox announced that this season of American Idol will be Simon Cowell’s last. I have to say that Simon was the only reason I watched the show and I will definitely not be tuning in after he leaves. First Paula and now Simon. As far as I am concerned they should just take the show off the air. It just won’t be the same. He was reportedly making $36 million per season for Idol and that is a lot of money to be giving up.
Thankfully Simon fans don’t have to wait long for another dose of his unique charm. Fox announced that Simon’s popular U.K. talent show, “The X Factor,” will be coming to the United States in the fall of 2011 and he will be both an executive producer and a judge. Maybe he can get Ryan Seacrest to host.
Will you be watching Idol without Simon?