American Idol 2014 judges and revamp dissected
With American Idol 2014 going into its 13th season we are intrigued to know whether this will be lucky for some or whether this franchise is in desperate need of a revamp to keep things fresh. Last season’s rivalry between former judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj took the emphasis away from the contestants, and we are hoping that this year’s final will be more memorable than the last.
The previous final accumulated a series low as far as ratings are concerned and TV Guide document how a revamp could be the ideal way to save it. The popular singing competition is in desperate need of changes and improvements and this is why the show will inject some different aspects into the 13th season of American Idol.
Apparently, a judging panel upgrade will be on the cards and Keith Urban will be back along with Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. while Randy Jackson will only be involved in the capacity of mentor. Minaj and Carey will not be back and Jennifer Lopez will step in to fill the diva position.
New executive producer Per Blankens from the Swedish show has been brought in to replace Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, as Swedish Idol has been gaining successful ratings in comparison, thanks to Blankens.
In addition, music choices have been evaluated as they look to appeal to the younger viewers, while the premise of the show will be going back to the basics with the tagline, “The search for a superstar.” The audition episodes will focus more on the contestants and the results show will be cut down, rather than previous seasons where there were a great deal of unnecessary performances, so this part of the show will now be only 30 minutes, as opposed to an hour.
However, we are concerned whether the changes are enough to bring back disheartened fans and appeal to newcomers. Do you feel these improvements will help American Idol’s popularity?