Does American Idol Need Simon Cowell?


American Idol is thriving in Season 10 despite the loss of Simon Cowell.

Like many other American Idol fans, I thought the loss of Simon Cowell, would deal the reality show, a jolt that it wouldn’t recover from.

That combined with the firing of Kara DioGuardi and the resignation of Ellen Degeneres, seemed like too much, for the show to withstand.

American Idol is still one of the highest rated shows on television, with the new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez along with returning judge Randy Jackson are doing fine without Cowell.

Cowell’s barbed criticism may have attracted fans to the show in the past, but the main focus of the show is the contestants.

He could be intimidating to the contestants, in the first nine years of the show but now the intimidation factor is gone.

New judges Tyler and Lopez and returning judge Jackson seem to really care about the contestants. They never struggle for the right words to say, like Ellen Degeneres did last year. She seemed to be more interested in trying to be funny, than in judging the contestants.  It was like pulling teeth to get her to finally make a judgement on a contestant. She hemmed and hawed before finally saying anything meaningful.

It is easy to say that Degeneres was by far the worst judge ever on American Idol. To her credit though, she walked away rather than put the American Idol producers in the position of having to fire her.

Lopez and Tyler give constructive criticism while Jackson is the same Jackson of seasons past with his favorite phrases – too pitchy, yo yo (usually a sign he is going to say something bad after a performance) you blew it out of the box and that’s what I’m talking about.

The judges deserve accolades, for choosing so many outstanding singers, in the auditions. Several of the singers this year, are much better than Crystal Bowersox or Lee Dewyze, the two finalists in Season 9.

For instance Lee Dewyze the winner of Season 9 recently sang in a bowling alley. Granted it may be an upscale bowling alley but it is not the venue you would expect to hear a American Idol sing.

America will have to make a lot of tough decisions, after some of the weaker candidates go home in the next couple of weeks.

It would be interesting to see how much weight, America gives to the judge’s opinons of the contestants, on performance night.

The following poll asks if American Idol fans are happy Simon Cowell has left American Idol.

The next poll question is if this is the best group of American Idol contestants ever.

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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