The ‘American Idol’ Phenomenon is Back

This year's crew: Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Ryan Seacrest, 
Nikki Minaj and Keith Urban (Photo: FOX)

Have you heard? The circus is back in town! That is the media circus of Fox’s “American Idol” coming back for its’ 12 season. The premiere of the show takes place tonight and Thursday at 8:00 pm. Both are rumored to be filled with the usual high jinks.

“Idol” is one of the shows that either you love or love to hate. It can literally bring out the best and worst of people. Every season we see a parade of some of the most talented singers in the country and many more hapless souls who apparently don’t have any family or friends with the guts to tell them that they can’t sing. This season is already rumored to be filled with much drama, not only from some disillusioned contestants, but from the judges themselves. 

This year is a new mix of judges. Once again, Ryan Seacrest hosts (and appears to be “this close” to having the show re-named, “Ryan Seacrest’s Idol”) and Randy Jackson is still around, but Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have left the building. New this year is Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and the first ever country artist to judge, Keith Urban. Stories have been spread the last few months regarding verbal lashings between Carey and Minaj and apparently, we’ll be “treated” to some of that footage. Hopefully these drama queens won’t completely take over the focus of the show.

“American Idol” has always been a ratings giant for Fox, but has slipped in the ratings that few years. It hasn’t helped that it has received competition from “The Voice” and “The X Factor” as well. For some, it was Simon Cowell that made the show and without him, it just isn’t the same. While that man was blessed with a gift of sarcasm, he also knows what he is talking about when critiquing singers. It will be interesting to see how the new crew does.
Say what you want about the show, but without it, we may not be enjoying the singing talents of Kelly Clarkson, Rueben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Mandisa, Jordan Sparks, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, David Cook, Kris Allen among others – many of them fellow Christians.

Tonight’s premiere kicks things off in New York City and Thursdays will show footage of the auditions that took place in Chicago. Hope things go well.

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