This season has not been good for American Idol. Judges have argued with one another and television ratings have plummeted by more than 25% compared to last season. That has put the show’s judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj on the hot seat. Last week, veteran judge Randy Jackson announced he would leave Idol at the end of this season.
However, it might not be just Jackson who is leaving the show at the end of the season. Insiders have said that Fox, the network that broadcasts the show, is planning to eliminate the entire judges’ panel and start anew because of the failing ratings compared to last season.
If that takes place, the odds are the options for Carey, Minaj and Urban would not be renewed for another season by Fox. There are also rumors that executive producer Nigel Lythgoe might get the ax as well. The only current member of the show who is most likely staying put is the show’s host Ryan Seacrest.
Jackson has been appearing on Idol since its premiere in 2002 and said he is proud how he helped the show change today’s music industry along with television.
The show this season dropped 25% in ratings compared to last season’s show, when last season’s show had been the worst rating of any of the prior 10 seasons. Much of the buzz that used to center around the show has been lost and is evident as the show approaches its final next week.
Critics have often said that judges who are big name stars in their own right distract from the contestants on the show, and finally it seems as though TV executives might be in agreement with them.