2011 marks a whole new start for “American Idol,” bringing in two new highly paid and high-powered judges, a new “old” producer, along with new hopefuls for the title. Change is hard for everyone, and many are already balking at the bitter taste of transition in their mouths, and writing off the shows run. Change has to be part of life, and part of relevant television, too, but it’s never easy. Here are some of the reasons to look forward to watching with “Idol’s” new team!
1. Randy Jackson is in charge. It’s about time that Mr. Jackson be allowed to step forward and use his musical and critical acumen for something more meaningful than calling everyone his “dawg”! The man has serious credentials, and waited his turn in last place very dutifully. Now it’s time to see if he can add leadership to his bass licks and production credits. If the big “dawg” this season can pull it off, and mediate between two musical divas and keep control, he will forever be seen in another dimension.
2. “Idol” may finally be ready to rock! Simon Cowell was always quite blunt and truthful about all his opinions, including his disdain for heavy rock and anything with a remotely country twang. Every genre of music has its talented vocalists, and the presence of Steven Tyler along with Randy Jackson gives a revving rocker a fighting chance at the title for the true first time! Tyler’s longevity and status may mean some real rock front men and women may appear as mentors and guests, too. I understand contract obligations, but the rock world goes way beyond Daughtry and David Cook.
3. A real house band for Idol has come! The “Idol” judges have the chops to bring it themselves onstage now! Randy has not played with a big band since his days with Journey, now he and his counterparts are one! Jennifer Lopez can create some cool moves, and that panel can prove they know the drill! No more faded backup vocals and puny attempts at shredding-play it!
4. The tantrums could be better than ever. For anyone who missed the combat and curious coquettish repartee between Paul Abdul and Simon, they may find a most satisfactory substitute in seeing what can percolate between J-Lo and Steven Tyler. With both so prone to petulance, and the same affinity for flamboyant dress, this could become very fun to watch! Let’s hope no one falls off the judges’ platform!
5.It’s not just about the singing. Few know more about the swagger of music stardom than Steven Tyler, and few are more known for fashion than Jennifer Lopez. Her final negotiations over stylists were one of the last sticking points before signing on as judge! For all their combined ego, both still know it takes a lot more than a good voice and talent to sell it to an audience! I already picture Tyler teaching microphone handling and whipping out strands of handkerchiefs while Jenny from the Block talks maximum accentuation of the junk in the trunk.
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