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American Idol’s Hollywood Week starts with 6.3 songs of consequence

Hollywood Week is always my favorite part of American Idol, in part because it deviates the most from the singing-on-a-stage format and resembles non-competition reality TV shows. I always wanted to see more of their off-stage lives, but after flirting with mansion footage, the show stuck to its studio roots. Hollywood Week is the one incongruous part, and it’s …

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A man who mocked American Idol is now its mentor

Scott Borchetta, the record executive who discovered Taylor Swift, is American Idol‘s new mentor, replacing Randy Jackson, who quit. A Fox press release called the Big Machine Label Group president and CEO “one of the most successful forces in the music industry today.” He will start the job a lot earlier than previous mentors. Fox …

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Fox: Idol’s real problem is its kids

Fox Networks chair and CEO Peter Rice was very candid with TV critics about the American Idol, the broadcast network’s former crown jewel, and its strengths and weaknesses. He said the network is happy with the ratings (“it’s still a very strong show for us”) and its new creative direction (“we felt really good about the production”), but admitted it is …

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Idol will return, and eventually may have Simon, Paula, and Randy judge again (!!)

Although this season of American Idol has continued to lose viewers–Survivor has been consistently beating it among total viewers and viewers 18 to 49 for weeks and weeks–Fox will not give up on the show, and it will return next season. That’s a mostly rational decision, considering that it is not quite a failure yet, …

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