- Not surprisingly, the ratings for this finale at 24.2 million was the lowest ever among spring shows. (The first season aired over the summer and drew 22.8 million.) The peak was season 5 with more than 36 million viewers for the finale.
- In the first couple of years, “Idol” was immersed in controversy over phones getting clogged with busy signals and efforts to “game” the system.
But the past few years, clearly, texting has taken over. I recently saw a study that showed teens generally prefer texting over dialing a number. And that is influencing the votes. It’s a fair supposition that teen girls are now skewing the votes, forcing out more female contestants and making it easier for folks like David Cook, Kris Allen and now Lee DeWyze to win the show. There’s a certain sameness to those three (though you can argue the merits of each individually.)
As this story noted, could Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson win over Bo Bice and Justin Guarini if texting were big back then? Perhaps not.
This is also why DialIdol.com, which measures busy signals, is not longer as useful to gauge winners as it used to be.
-Crystal broke up with her boyfriend Tuesday, she told Ryan Seacrest. Ouch.
“Big Tony…he went home. He wasn’t cool with the lifestyle,” explained Bowersox. “I didn’t break up with him…it was a mutual thing.”
I’m sure that isn’t surprising at all. The timing, though, was a bit nasty.
- Bret Michaels didn’t bother to tell his family or doctor about his “Idol” appearance last night. He sounded great but clearly, he is endangering his life. Last night on Cover It Live, we were all worrying he’d keel over live on stage. Fortunately, he did not.
-Departing music director Ricky Minor was peeved he was not acknowledged last night after the excessive haliography of Simon Cowell. Can’t blame him. Minor is joining Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.
-And sorry not to mention this yesterday but Ellen DeGeneres has started a record label with that kid Greyson Chance, who was a YouTube sensation singing “Paparazzi” recently. She’s trying to bolster her music cred, eh?
The song has been seen 22 million plus times and is impressive. He’s got a bit of Justin Bieber in him–or maybe it’s just the hair.