American Idol bites the dust
I heard today that American Idol will finally come to an end, not this year but after the end of the 2015-2016 season. I'm not at all surprised.
I've been a fan of Idol since season one when Kelly Clarkson claimed the first title. In the early years Idol was exciting. Simon Cowell, the ultimate judge, entertained with wit and often brutal comments. Paula Abdul, physically present while often lost in space, was kind and lovable and harmless. Randy Jackson, talented in his own right, lacked even a hint of charisma but the other two covered for him and kept the fans coming back every week.
The contestants were interesting as well, even the really bad ones. Many went on to successful singing careers like Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and others. My favorite two contestants, both super fabulous in their own diverse way - David Cook and Adam Lambert - thrilled their fans and left them hungering for more after every performance.
Over the years the judges and the fans came and went, never able to recapture the thrills Idol offered early on. I often found it difficult to pick a favorite and really get into the competition. These last few years as the ratings tumbled, I've had trouble just staying awake till the end of the show.
I know nothing lasts forever and was surprised that Idol was renewed the past several seasons. I started watching The Voice this year but, good as The Voice, its talent and judges are, I don’t think it will ever reach the greatness that Idol enjoyed in those early years.
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