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Idols Live tour 2009 does about the same as 2008, Simon Cowell trying to bring X Factor to U.S.

Which is your favorite "Idol" sesaon so far?

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Despite lower ratings and a lousy economy, the ‘Idols Live 2009′ version did virtually the same as ‘Idols Live 2008′ in terms of attendance.

MJ has all the gory stats. The 52 shows filled 85.6 percent of seats vs. 85.3 percent in 2008. Attendance was about 483,000 vs. 482,000 in 2008. Since ticket prices were slightly higher, revenues were up from $29.3 million to $30 million. If you believe Chris Sligh’s take, the attendees each pocketed about $200,000 so the “talent” took home just 6 percent of the total revenues. I can’t imagine that’s how it works with Madonna!

Of the eight sellotus this year, we here in Atlanta were one of them. And it seems the folks in New England really loved this year’s Idols (despite generating virtually none ever). The last five shows in that region sold out.

The biggest year in revenues and percentage of tickets sold is still season five. That’s considered the watermark season by many folks. In fact, let me provide a poll asking folks which is their favorite season so far.

On pure percentage of seats filled, here’s the order of the eight tours so far, from best to worst:

1-season five -Taylor’s year (96.1%)
2-season four – Carrie’s year (89.7%)
3. seaon eight – Kris’s year (85.6%)
4. season seven – David’s year (85.4%)
5. season two – Ruben’s year(85.2%)
6. season one – Kelly’s year (82.2%)
7. season six – Jordin’s year (68.1%)
8. season three – Fantasia’s year (59.7%)

This is an interesting referendum on the popularity of these past seasons. Below are my rankings for the seasons from best to worst. I hate to place season one so low because of Kelly Clarkson and the fact it was season one. But the talent pool was pretty shallow relatively speaking that year. And it’s still pretty clear season six was a relative bust.

1-season five
2-season eight
3-season four
4-season seven
5-season two
6-season three
7-season one
8-season six

Hollywood Reporter says Simon Cowell is trying to bring his “Idol”-like “X Factor” stateside in exchange for two more seasons of “Idol.” This could mean up to $100 million a year for the man. Could his “X Factor” cannibalize “Idol” though? That’s probably what has kept the show from coming here in the first place. Cowell found Leona Lewis thanks to “X Factor.”

The story also noted that Cowell could bring Abdul to his show. Boy, that would muddy the waters, he? And when would they air X Factor? It would work in the summer, perhaps, since Fox has moved SYTYCD to the fall.

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Deirdre

September 24th, 2009
8:27 am

Rodney, I guess we’ll have to thank your wife for your prompt attention to new threads. ;-)

I picked season 5. The talent was very good and the production values were spot on. It’s a season where Idol was running on all cylinders and it worked very well.

It was also the season that got bloggers and their readers into gear with the Taylor vs Chris vs Elliot vs Kat wars.

Many people from season 5 are still working, still in the news. Pickler, Ace Young, Bucky Covington. Even Paris Bennett was still getting attention last year(although that had a lot to do with her pregnancy).

Lara

September 24th, 2009
8:30 am

I think we all know I picked season 4….my all time favorite idol was that year. So, a little biased. Plus, what do you base your favorite season on, what credentials? Best production, best talent pool, best winner, best guests?

Deirdre

September 24th, 2009
8:31 am

Continuing with that thought, Mandisa is doing well in the gospel industry. Kevin Covais has been in a movie. Not sure what Lisa Tucker or Melissa McGee are up to…and yes, I had to ge look up some of these names, my memory isn’t THAT good! ;-)

Highlander

September 24th, 2009
8:33 am

Thanks for the new thread and the poll, Rodney.

Doesn’t surprise me that Season 3’s tour was a bust. How many people wanted to hear Fantasia’s screeching live? (My guess is about the same number who have purchased her albums.)

Deirdre

September 24th, 2009
8:39 am

I have favorites from other seasons. I still think Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are the best winners and I liked a lot of the contestants from Carrie’s year.

Season 6 was the biggest drag on my ability to stick with Idol. Other than Melinda, I wasn’t much interested in hearing any of them sing. I would pick it as the worst season for interesting talent.

Last season was the worst for production values. What a mess!

Season 2, with the great battle between Ruben and Clay was a fun season.

Season 3 focused way too much on divas.

kelly&carriefan

September 24th, 2009
8:40 am

Hi y’all!

Um…well, I’m respectfully disagreeing with season one being that low. Gee, aren’t you surprised? Granted, other than Kelly no one from that season has really made a huge impact. Which is really a shame. Tamyra and Christina Christian are both quite talented. IMO, if it had been a later year, they would’ve been more sucessful. I think since it was the first season, they were afraid of competing with themselves. Thus, didn’t try to promote them and put all their eggs in the winner’s basket. Kelly got people to pay attention to this little-known show, Carrie blew it out of the water, and helped it become the monster hit it has been since season 5.

For me…for you….for me, I can’t bring myself to put the season with the only winner without a major deal at the top. If anyone cares, I’d go, 4, 1, 5, 8, 7, 6, 2, 3. And yes, I’m probably biased…but I have maybe a valid point or two somewhere. ;)

I’ve never seen the show, but isn’t the X Factor pretty much Idol in different clothing? Also, is Pop Idol still on in the UK, or did X Factor replace it?

Tangent: SOOOO ready for the Grey’s “mini-movie” tonight. Got the Kleenex ready. :)

Deirdre

September 24th, 2009
8:54 am

k&cf…can’t wait for Grey’s although, with hubby home, I’ll have to dvr it and watch tomorrow. He’s a huge The Office fan and I love that show, too so, it’s not a problem. I’m also looking forward to Flash Forward.

As good as Carrie and Bo were on season 4, I’m sticking with season 5. The talent pool was amazing and, even though Taylor was incredibly popular, there were at least 3 other contestants that coulda/shoulda won. It’s hard to say that about any other season. Adding to that, Idol found its rhythm that year. It settled into a formula that worked well.

Rickster

September 24th, 2009
8:54 am

JT… take thyself to the AJC.com front page, and click on the “Photos: Academy of Country Music” link under the “Buzz” section.

Nana

September 24th, 2009
9:04 am

Nice poll and report Rodney. If I had to rate the seasons with my personal perference, they would be:

1. Season 5
2. Season 4
3. Season 8
4. Season 7
5. Season 1
6. Season 2
7. Season 6
8. Season 3

Now, if this season plays out the way I would love to see it (and I personally knew the winner), I would have to say that season 9 was my favorite.

My favorite winner so far is Carrie.

Deirdre

September 24th, 2009
9:29 am

My order for favorite to least favorite season is: 5, 4, 2, 7, 1, 8, 3, 6.

I tried to look at the season as a whole rather than who won.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

September 24th, 2009
9:43 am

I’m pretty much with Deirdre on the reasons for putting year 5 in top spot, overall. My personal order:
5, with 4 very very close behind, i’ll be back for more later, sorry, work beckons

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

September 24th, 2009
10:03 am

sorry, had to research something on the ‘net … for the boss … sheesh … how DARE he??? anyway

As I said, seasons 4/5 were close, with 5 taking the edge because of the diversity and yet at the same time, the cohesiveness of the entire group. The group sings that year were clever, talented and fun — the individual performers were varied in style and background, yet managed to seem like a team — a competitive group of people managing to be a team — i loved it. Bo was perhaps my secret heartthrob, and Carrie i found absolutely delightful, especially watching her “grow up” in the industry…
For the rest of the seasons… 7 – Cookie’s year (for me) probably takes next, with the Kris/Adam year 8 slightly after that, followed by 3, 2 (i came in on AI this year), 6, and 1 (only because i didn’t watch it–but i do like Kelly!!!)

Woodpappy

September 24th, 2009
10:20 am

I’m with Season 4 then 5. Carrie to me is the absolute Diamond found in the rough. Am I right in thinking that the winner each year gets a 1 million dollar contract?

kelly&carriefan

September 24th, 2009
11:02 am

D, I’m DVRing FlashForward to see how it goes. I gotta get ready for Grey’s.

Woodpappy, that “diamond” sure isn’t looking rough at all. Play On promo pics:

http://www.countrystandardtime.com/blog/thefrontporch/entry.asp?xid=479

JT, enjoy, buddy! ;)

cowo

September 24th, 2009
12:06 pm

Season 1 is by far my fave – Kelly is stellar and was from the first audition; Tamyra was really good; I actually liked the redhead (my mind is blank right now!); and half the finalists were from ATL or had connections, so what’s not to like! And it was all new and shiny bright then, not contaminated by all the crap that’s happened since (Fantasia; Clay suddenly dropping like lead in the final voting – never will understand how he could possibly have lost!; so much tacky stuff since then.

My 2nd choice has got to be Season 7 – adored the gorgeous & talented Michael Johns, liked Carly, Blondie (again the brain thing), David Cook tremendously – just couldn’t stand the other David – kinda made me nauseous watching him.

Woodpappy

September 24th, 2009
12:45 pm

I see what you mean K & C fan ! Thanks

JTesla

September 24th, 2009
12:55 pm

I think I need some tissue.

kelly&carriefan

September 24th, 2009
1:01 pm

Cowo, the redhead was Nikki McKibbin. (Season one is really the only season I still remember all the contestants names, excluding the one that just ended.). The season 7 “blondie” is Brooke White (I’m guessing). Don’t think you meant Kristy Lee Cook. Ha.

Woodpappy and JT, you are welcome! I’m hoping Rodney uses one of those for the next bit of Carrie news…

Deirdre

September 24th, 2009
1:03 pm

cowo…Nikki McKibbon and Brooke White.

It’s kinda hard to reconcile that picture of Carrie with the sweet, shy little girl in the granny dress who won Idol season 4. She’s come out of her shell!

Nana

September 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

Sure is quite today.

Harriett

September 24th, 2009
3:42 pm

Too busy to post today, but I love y’all!

JTesla

September 24th, 2009
3:53 pm

Can someone explain to me why there is a solar powered trash can on a street corner in downtown Portland? Is that an east coast thing or something, do you have many of those in Atlanta? I understood when the city paid for solar powered toilets, that makes sense because the city likes to waste money, but a solar powered trash can? Come on now.

Nana

September 24th, 2009
3:54 pm

Time to wrap up my day and head home. Everybody have a great evening

Always keep a song in your heart, a smile on your face and a tap in your toes. Be careful and safe when out on the roads and highways. Hope you enjoy this first week-end of fall.

Catch ya later…………….

Highlander

September 24th, 2009
4:14 pm

JT, exactly WHAT does a solar powered trash can do? Just wonderin’.

Harm

September 24th, 2009
4:34 pm

JT, have you been missing from the blog lately or have I gone missing too much? BTW, you can have all your northwestern rain back, we don’t want it anymore! I haven’t seen any solar powered trash cans in Atlanta, but then again , I don’t go to Atlanta.

JTesla

September 24th, 2009
4:42 pm

According to the sales pitch written all over the trash can, the solar power runs a compactor which means that there are fewer trips to pick up the trash.

Now I’m no good with all that fancy math stuff, but I don’t see how the new solar trash can equates to saving anything. Especially when comparing the resources poured into making it as opposed to the resources which had already been spent on the old concrete and steel bin that was there before. That thing probably would have lasted another twenty years, but no, now we have a fancy solar powered trash can. Garbage trucks drive by it every day picking up business trash, but the world is a better place because the city garbage truck doesn’t need to come around as often.

I can’t wait to see what the homeless do with it. I’ll give money to any hobo I see tapping that thing for power to run an Foreman Grill.

JTesla

September 24th, 2009
4:44 pm

Harm, I’ve been hiding out. Busy! Also, I want people to think that I’m not here 24/7. I am here 24/7, but people need to stop thinking that.

Harm

September 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

Well, I can sleep at night now! I was getting concerned because I thought the blog was not being watched for intruders properly!

Deirdre

September 24th, 2009
5:08 pm

LOL!!!!!

Isn’t gov’t logic wonderful? Solar powered trash cans. Amazing!

Deirdre

September 25th, 2009
7:56 am

Morning!

Mrs. Rodney must not be at exercise boot camp this morning or we’d have a new thread by now. ;-)

However, after perusing the Idol news available, there’s nothing out there other than Justin Guarini getting married this weekend.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

September 25th, 2009
7:58 am

JT, i think that may be more a cal-ee-forn-eye-a thing!!!

Harriett

September 25th, 2009
8:54 am

Pac Man! GRRRRRR

Harriett

September 25th, 2009
8:59 am

I am giving up on posting. I tried to re-post twice. No luck.

Deirdre

September 25th, 2009
9:58 am

We need to start pressuring the techies to get the little “quirks” of the blog fixed before the season starts.

Rodney Ho

September 25th, 2009
10:28 am

Had to do a late Real Housewives recap this morning cos my cable went out last night. So I’m a little late on the new entry this morning- which is about Justin Guarini. Interviewed Paris Bennett yesterday for “Idol Rewind” season five coming up in early October. While she’s no longer pulling the diva act, she isn’t all that enlightening either. I’ll post a short summary of the interview next week.