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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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JohnRoberts wrote on May 11, 2015, 10:19 PM

Not a surprise. The ratings had been dropping for years and the show never recovered from Simon Cowell leaving to do The X Factor. None of the parade of new judges clicked.

LindaCPearson wrote on May 11, 2015, 10:30 PM

You're right. Nasty as he could be, Cowell was usually right in his comments. Once he left, the show started its downward spiral.

wolfgirl569 wrote on May 11, 2015, 11:00 PM

I never got into any of those shows. Have watched Dancing With the Stars a few times. But the rest never do

Paulie wrote on May 11, 2015, 11:07 PM

I, too, enjoyed watching American Idol in the early years. Thailand has copied so many shows from the States like the Voice and Thailand's Got Talent, but I can't really remember watching a Thai Idol show.

luisga814 wrote on May 11, 2015, 11:08 PM

I am not surprised for what is happening for this contest because the viewers rating keeps on dropping.

FourWalls wrote on May 12, 2015, 12:11 AM

I'm rather proud to say that I have never EVER seen a moment of this program. Watching the hysteria and the horrible (and I do mean HORRIBLE) "tryouts" when they had auditions locally a few years ago, I'm inclined to say that I didn't miss a thing.

LeaPea2417 wrote on May 12, 2015, 10:49 AM

This does not surprise me as the show had been going down hill , especially when Simon left.

WritingLover wrote on May 12, 2015, 4:43 PM

These types of shows used to be very addictive, but sadly they've outstayed their welcome and now I find them boring.

xstitcher wrote on May 12, 2015, 6:23 PM

I really enjoyed Idol in it's early years, too. I stopped watching it since the judges changed, and for me the singers haven't been all that great, either. For me the last great artist on Idol was Clay Aiken--man what a voice that young man had...
Anywho, I never cared for "The Voice" either. ;( If I were still watching Idol I would be sad to see it go, but for years it's just been "meh".

WordChazer wrote on May 13, 2015, 4:22 PM

My friend Jen is a David Cook and Adam Lambert fan. I am DEFINITELY an Adam fan! His voice is amazing! Plus, he's a total clothes horse. And when he sings with Queen, he channels Freddie. And that's just AWESOME.

WordChazer wrote on May 13, 2015, 4:27 PM

I never did either. But my bud Jen knows I like a good male voice, so she told me enough about David Cook and Adam Lambert to get me interested in their music without needing to watch the show.

LindaCPearson wrote on May 13, 2015, 5:15 PM

I agree with you! I love Adam Lambert with Queen. He has an incredible voice and super high range. I think I like David Cook because not only does he have a beautiful voice (check out his "The first time ever I saw your face") but he also seems so humble.

paigea wrote on May 31, 2015, 5:31 PM

I have to admit I've never seen this show or any of the talent shows. All sitcoms for me.

Firecracker wrote on June 12, 2015, 6:24 AM

I agree, American Idol was a lot more interesting in the earlier seasons. The last few years I hardly watched it at all.

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 16, 2015, 1:32 AM

I watched Idol for the first several years, but not at all since that time. If I went by my memory, I'd have said that Kelly Clarkson was in the third or later season, not the first. There were some great singers through the years. It's hard to believe they're stopping the show after all this time.

Long time no see. I didn't realize you are now more active here than in bubble-land. I've not been here much lately myself. Maybe I'll consider changing that, or maybe not. We'll have to see as I have a lot, currently, on my plate.

LindaCPearson wrote on June 16, 2015, 9:41 AM

Hi Marsha. Great to see you here also. I've given up Bubblews for good. I would love to see Persona Paper pick up and succeed as there are a lot of nice and familiar writers on here. Also, PP is really the only place for Mildred my cat to write, so maybe I will start increasing my presence here as well, especially if you and other writers get more involved.

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 16, 2015, 10:01 AM

Why is it the only place for Mildred to be able to write? Is it because all her feline friends moved away from bubblews to here also, lol?