American Idol has been around since 2002. While It’s normal for ratings to decrease, American Idol has seemed to peak and maybe this will be the last season. Now that Simon is gone, can the show really go on? Maybe, but the show needs to change things up. Make it fresh and new. Here are some suggestions.
1.Stop with millions of clips from bad singers from the auditions. We get it. Lots of people can’t carry a tune and think they can, or just want to get on TV. Maybe in the first few years of the American Idol, it was somewhat amusing, yet pathetic at the same time. Now, it’s just sad. Plus the jig is up. We know these contestants have been screened by several rounds of producers before they see the celebrity judges. Instead, lets see more good singers. How about scenes from the producers rounds?
2. Please stop casting with the stereotypical contests i.e., the country singer, the pretty blond, the hot guy. OK leave the hot guy, but that’s it. If there is no great country singer or rockers, don’t put them through just to fill a role. Simply find the most talented people.
3. Raise the age limit from 30 to 40. I know Hollywood is obsessed with youth. The whole success of Disney type stars is big, but look 40 is the new 30. Or at least that’s what I have been telling myself. American Idol watchers are not all young teens. There are a lot of older folks tuning in. So why not let us get a few American Idol contestants who thought it was too late for their dreams? It’s hope for all us old folks.
4. Let us get to know the contestants a little. We see the kids sing for two minutes, and maybe talk for a few seconds and that’s it. Make the viewers become invested. Let us see a little of the contestants behind the scenes. For instance, how the contestants pick their songs or show rehearsals.
5. Stop the theme nights. Songs from Elvis and love songs of the 1950s are nice I guess, but forcing people born after 1980 to sing theme is just silly. What’s the point really? If a contestant sings country, why should he or she be forced to do hard rock one week. It’s not their genre, why bother?
6. Let the contestants sing a little more. Why do the kids get to sing for only 90 seconds? Let us hear the whole song. Sometimes it takes a few seconds to get the nerves under control. If there was less talking by Ryan and the panel of judges, than maybe there would be more time for the actual singing. Which brings me to my next suggestion below.
7. Limit the judges critiques. Now that Simon is gone, maybe there will be less focus on the judges and there should be. Sure a little witty banter adds to the show, but the show is about the singers, not the judges. How about actually giving a little feedback that the contestants could use. Saying someone stinks, just to sound mean is getting old. Less is more sometimes.
8. Bring back Paula. Pay her whatever you need to. Once she left, the show lost something. Paula may have looked a little loopy at times and forget what she was doing, but she definitely added heart to the show. She was the only judge that seemed to really care about what she was doing. She was never heartless and even at times had words of wisdom for the contestants.