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Many people have a passion for singing and it’s no surprise why the number of participants in reality singing competitions in the U.S. today continue to rise. Teens and those in their 20s across the U.S. are given hope to pursue their dream of becoming a popular singer not only in their home country but even internationally.
So, what are the top reality singing contests today? The latest buzz says these are the American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The Sing-Off, The Glee Project and The X Factor.
American Idol, however, seems to be the most famous these days. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, this show premiered in 2002 with three judges and had Kelly Clarkson as its first big winner. The show is now on its 11th season with the Top 7 finalists competing for the number one spot.
Fox has done the unthinkable: it’s moving the never-been-better Fringe to the Friday night death slot. Yes, that same outpost where great genre shows have gone to die — including Firefly, Dollhouse, Wonderfalls, and more — is where Fringe will soon call home: 9:p.m. on Fridays.
The move is part of a larger plan by Fox make a bid for all-important Thursday night dominance. So by moving Fringe out of Thursdays, they now have room for the second night of Idiotic Pop Star Wannabes, sorry, I mean American Idol, which will also air on Wednesdays. Idol remains Fox’s strongest performer in ratings, so Fox is hoping to gain some ground on the most competitive night of the week by moving it to Thursdays — as well as tone down the rhetoric about the show losing viewers now that Simon Cowell is history.
Meanwhile, those of us that enjoy intelligence in our television viewing will once again have to set our DVRs to tune into one of our favorite shows. And we can only hope that the commitment Fox has displayed in the past to Fringe — despite its only-okay ratings — will remain in place, as the series is sure to take a major ratings hit on Fridays.
Ellen DeGeneres got more than she bargained for by signing on with American Idol. The talk show queen has decided that “judging people and sometimes hurting their feelings” is just too hard for her. She also cites a heavier work schedule than she anticipated among the reasons she has decided to exit American Idol effective immediately. She will not appear on the show’s upcoming 10th season.
Ellen’s timing could be serendipitous. Scuttlebutt around the TV industry is that Fox is hoping to replace the entire judging panel this year, to make a big splash following founder Simon Cowell‘s highly-publicized exit. (Cowell left to work on the American version of his British talent search show The X Factor.) The sole remaining original judge, Randy Jackson, has reportedly been expressing his desire to move on from the show as well.
At least one new high-profile panel member has just been verified: Jennifer Lopez. Fox isn’t confirming it, but it’s a done deal nonetheless. Fox is likely hoping to make a big announcement of the entire judges panel, which rumors indicate could include big names like Justin Timberlake and Elton John.
For the upcoming 10th season of American Idol — also known as “the season with no Simon” — the show has decided to lower the age limit for eligibility from 16 to 15. According to USA Today, Idol was inspired to take this step by the success of Justin Bieber and his ilk.
American Idol‘s producers also recently announced their intention to accept submissions from Fox-owned MySpace (am I the only one surprised to hear that MySpace is still around?). The show still has a new judge to find, to fill Simon’s very big shoes.
Put all this stuff together and it looks like the show’s producers are strategizing new ways of generating excitement for Season 10. Which is probably a good idea, since Season 10 is probably going to be a snoozefest. Let’s face it: if ever there was drama to be found on Idol, it came from Simon. Now that he’s gone, some viewers are expected to lose interest.
So the show is fighting back with teeny-bopper singers and the hopes of creating viral sensations through MySpace. What do you think: will it work?