Judge Steven Tyler is departing and taking his wayward rock star vibe with him, equivalent judge Jennifer Lopez is dithering about staying put, and rankings for the Fox show have declined as TV’s talent show arena gets more modest.
When American Idol proceeds for its 12th spice next January, it will have to be a reengineered form of the once-powerhouse sequences that turned applicants such as Jennifer Hudson into stars and gave network competitors fits.
One big step would be a spotless sweep of the arbitrating panel. Aerosmith frontman Tyler got the ball rolling with his statement Thursday that he was putting rock ‘n’ roll ahead of the show that he said had been “over the top fun.
I drifted from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back but instead of pleading on my hands and laps, I got two fistfuls in the air and I’m jolting the door open with my band, Tyler said in a declaration. Aerosmith is on a countrywide trip with Tyler and has an album due out in the fall.
Tyler’s exit leaves unusual judge Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, but their futures are overcast.
In a phone talk with The Allied Press as the news about Tyler broke, Lopez said she was disappointed to catch that he was leaving and was considering her own choice.
I can’t even image anyone else there right now because I’ve just used up two years sitting subsequent to him,” she said. I love Steven, and we became close in the course of that time. We were a great support for each other, on an escapade that neither one of us knew what it was going to be. So it’s hard to pick up that he won’t be doing it.
Lopez, who showed a kind Romeo on Idol, said Tyler’s withdrawal will play a part in her choice to stay or go. She has previously specified that there is a good probability that she will not be back.
All courage is never lost, not all confidence, but at the same time, there are too many things that I need to consider about, she said. I identify they want me back; I know that I want to go back, but it’s not as humble as that. When I picked ‘Idol’ … I contracted on for one year. I didn’t even ponder about doing it for two years, let alone three years. To make the choice to go back a second year was a big contract for me.
Jackson and his dawg! shouts have been a firm part of Idol. But the show’s multi-year contracts, such as the one Jackson signed, usually include an escape section that the network can choose to work out or not.
A call to Jackson’s illustrative was not returned Wednesday. Fox weakened to make a decision-making available to discuss the show and its judges, but one expressed dignified guilt over Tyler’s decision in a statement.
We are very depressed that Steven has chosen to emphasis more on his music, but we always knew when we sign up a rock ‘n’ roll legend, he would go back to his music, said Mike Darnell, the network’s president of alternative amusement.
Gossip about potential new panelists has absorbed on Mariah Carey, with earlier Idol runner-up Adam Lambert getting a shout-out from his fans. Much is at pale for the show and for its juries: Lopez’s contract reportedly was worth $12 million and the spell showed a career-booster for her.
Ryan Seacrest, the other unique cast member, will provide a stable center. He signed a two-year contract with “American Idol” producers this spring to stay as host.
The Fox series, which began with Jackson, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul as juries, has made variations on the board over the years. Ellen DeGeneres linked one season, and songwriter Kara DioGuardi was further as a fourth judge to work with Jackson, Cowell and Abdul.
The addition of Tyler and Lopez two years ago added fresh star power, and the couple and Jackson clicked on camera.
But American Idol ended up in a susceptible position, coming off a May finale that drew 21.5 million spectators as Phillip Phillips was capped the newest winner.
It was a record low finish and trailed a design of falling viewership for the once-inevitably top-rated series, not to mention a form of “white folks with guitars, as fans label the show’s fresh cord of similar winners.
The series ended the 2011-12 seasons as No. 2 with a typical 20 million viewers for the Wednesday performance episodes, just edging third-place “CSI” on CBS (19.9 million) and ABC’s top-rated “Sunday Night Football (21million).