“American Idol” 2011 is right around the corner, and viewers might be questioning whether they should stick with the show after the departure of lead judge Simon Cowell. He isn’t the only judge that is out of the fold over at American Idol either, as Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres are also gone. In their places this season will be Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, as executive producer Nigel Lythgoe tries to infuse some more depth into the show this season.
The season 10 premiere of “American Idol” will air on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. With it come the first auditions of the new season, and our introduction to the judges that are going to try and breathe new life into the reality competition show. Randy Jackson is the only returning judge, but they still also have Ryan Seacrest on board to try and make this a seamless transition. The tough part will be getting viewers to tune in for that first episode, and stick with the presumably new format to the show.
So why should viewers give “American Idol” 2011 a shot? The reasons are pretty simple, and they stem from the possibility that this new group of judges might be better at spotting talent around America. Maybe having fresh eyes in the audition phase of the show will help to get the show back on track, and in turn fix the ratings slide that “American Idol” has been experiencing these past two years. Many fans have started to tune the show out because it had seemed like the talent pool was much less impressive, but now it might be time to tune back in and give these new judges a shot.
Fox wants this show to be a winner again, and while “American Idol” is still the No. 1 show out there, it has some stiff competition from “Dancing With the Stars” now. ABC will be airing yet another season of their dance competition in the fall, and it means that “American Idol” is going to have to come back really strong if they want to continue their rein as the most watched show on television. Can they do it? It may rely completely on how interesting Lopez and Tyler are in those first few episodes, and if they can convince the viewers that they bring a new era of professionalism and fun to the show.
“American Idol” is all about finding new talent, but the judges have to be equally engaging if the audience wants to feel like they are involved each week. We will find out pretty quickly whether the new format will work, and hopefully the American Idol producers have learned that less judge squabbling and more time spend on the contestants is the way to go. It’s time to give the show one last shot this spring, and to see if they can indeed find more diamonds out there. Maybe the show will be even better now, but to find out one way or the other, viewers will have to give the new “American Idol” a shot.
The first 2011 episode of “American Idol” will air on Wednesday, Jan. 12 beginning at 8 pm on Fox.