Well, the worst-kept secret in Hollywood was finally revealed. American Idol will replace judges Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, and Ellen DeGeneres with Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, according to the Los Angeles Times. They will be joining judge Randy Jackson on the show. After reports that Tyler and Lopez would be the new American Idol judges, people have been speculating about the effects of the Idol overhaul and the replacement of Cowell, DioGuardi, DeGeneres, and of course Paula Abdul. This is not the first time that Idol has changed its, format and probably won’t be its last.
The first time that Idol decided to change around the original format of the show was when Kara DioGuardi was added in 2009. After eight seasons and slowing ratings, the producers thought that they needed to spice things up, and they thought the best way to do it was to add another judge. DioGuardi, a singer/songwriter, was added to the show, but audiences didn’t like that there was hardly any time for the judges to talk when you now had four judges trying to get their opinions in. There was reports that Abdul was mad about the addition of a new judge, and another lady to the group, but on-camera they all seemed to get along well.
Paula Abdul, the crazy, unpredictable judge whom audiences had grown to love over the years, was locked in a very messy salary dispute, according to CBS News. Abdul announced her resignation in August of 2005, and the ratings for the next season without her were low. Reality Blurred reported that the season finale of season 9 was the lowest since the season one finale. That was even with the addition of Ellen DeGeneres as the new fourth judge.
Simon Cowell, probably the most famous of the judges, and an integral part of the panel, announced that he would be leaving Idol before the ninth season began. DioGuardi and DeGeneres announced that they would be leaving this summer.
There has been big hype over who the new Idol judges would be, and with Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who are bigger stars than any of the other judges have been, there might be hope for American Idol yet. The ratings for the season premiere are sure to be big ones, but if the history of the show stands true, the season finale won’t be as big. Is this the end of Idol,or just the beginning? We will see.
Maria Elena Fernandez, Scott Collins, “These… are your ‘American Idol’ judges” Los Angeles Times
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Andy Dehnart, “American Idol 9 finale’s ratings since season one” Reality Blurr