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“American Idol,” the singing competition that allegedly ended its run in April of last year, will begin life anew on Sunday, March 11, ABC announced.
But the question remains: Will America even care this time around?
“Idol” host Ryan Seacrest delivered the premiere-date news Monday on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” The show that once ruled the Nielsen ratings will air at 8 p.m. on Sunday nights. As previously announced, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will comprise the new “Idol” judges panel.
“American Idol” ran for 15 seasons on Fox. During much of that run, the singing competition crushed any show in its path. But toward the end, the ratings eroded and the cost to make the show dramatically increased. Adding insult to injury: “The Voice” became the choice for most viewers.
Fox — with the cooperation of “Idol” producers — decided to send the show off with a “farewell season” last year.
The general thinking at the time was that “Idol” might indeed return some day, as so many TV shows have done lately. It just needed a break. Absence would, indeed, make hearts grow fonder.
But before diehard devotees really had a chance to miss it, the show’s producers began shopping “Idol” around. ABC enthusiastically scooped it up — much to the dismay of Fox executives, who have called the quick comeback “extremely fraudulent.”
Now, ABC is already sinking enormous amounts of money into a show that may not have a lot of gas left in the tank. At a recent open audition held in Oakland, only 2,000 wannabe pop stars — give or take a few — bothered to show up.
Then again, maybe curious viewers will be drawn back to the show that introduced us to big stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.
Will you be on your couch next March, waiting for “American Idol” to rev up again? Let us know by voting in our poll.
Source:: East Bay – Entertainment