I just took a short survey at ratethemusic.com (thanks for the heads up star and Lisa). The survey focuses on Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell.
Would the producers consider a personnel change to the cast of Season 8 Idols to improve the ratings? Maybe they would!
For my money, losing Randy Jackson, whose pointless cliche-filled critiques add nothing to the show, would be an improvement.
It’s all very interesting in the aftermath of Paula-gate, isn’t it?
ETA: There were a several problems last year that were fixed this year–having fewer mentors and more backstory on the Idols, adding guest appearances and features on former Idols. Making those tweaks improved the show. The big problem now, is the lame-ass themes. Next year, they need to go back to unrestricted themes in the semi-finals, and broader themes in the finals. Give the contestants the breathing room to find that perfect song. Also, if they want the contestants to appear current, they should be allowed the to sing current music! A mixture of old and new music would strike a sorely needed balance and keep the kids, who are apparently drifting away, interested.
TV viewership in general is down, as a few of you have pointed out–partly due to the long writers strike. Nevertheless, they still have killer ratings. It’s too early to predict the imminent demise of Idol.
Read the Survey, after the Jump…