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Ellen DeGeneres off ‘Idol’ after one season; Kara DioGardi out, too? Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler look to be in

I could start a new blog entry but the news is big enough for me to just re-do this and update as we go along at least for now.

ellenEllen DeGeneres has decided to leave “American Idol” after one season, Fox said in a press release sent to me at 7:59 p.m. Thursday night. Deadline Hollywood says singer and actress Jennifer Lopez is set to take over.

TMZ at 2:33 a.m. EST this morning reports that Kara DioGuardi is out, too, replaced by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Broadcasting and Cable said at 3:30 p.m. EST that Lopez’s contract is done and Tyler’s is nearly so. There’s no official word yet from Fox.

If this is the case, it appears “Idol” is going back to three judges, which is great news for virtually all of us. Four judges cramped the show with too many “me, too” opinions, wasting valuable time.

Ellen DeGeneres leaving "Idol" after one season

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Randy Jackson is the only original judge left. Nigel Lythgoe, who left the show in 2008, is back as a producer and he has publicly expressed a desire to re-do the judge’s panel and return  to three judges.

DeGeneres served as a judge for only one season. With no musical background, she offered very little useful or interesting advice for the contestants. She often seemed to squirm uncomfortably when she heard a bad performance. And she’d often resort to saying things as pedestrian as “That was great!” In other words, she was usually less insightful than some random person picked from the audience. At best, she’d throw in a funny quip here and there but if that were the case, have her take Ryan Seacrest’s job!

Here’s her statement in the release:

Jennifer Lopez as a replacement

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“A couple months ago, I let Fox and the “American Idol” producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me,” said DeGeneres. “I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next.  It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for.   I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on IDOL and I am very grateful for the year I had.  I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.”

Some reports say she was willing to stay as recently as last week so it’s unclear if she was pressured to leave. The release also included a couple of requisite “sorry to see her go” quotes from executives:

“It was a joy to work with Ellen,” added Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “She brought an incredible spirit to IDOL and was a great new addition to the team.  While we’re saddened by her decision, we are very appreciative that she gave us ample notice so that we could work through it together.”

“I loved Ellen’s passion for the artists and her nurturing skills,” said “Idol” creator and executive producer Simon Fuller.  “She brought honesty and optimism to our judging panel and I will miss her greatly.”

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Deadline Hollywood, which is more reliable than a lot of Web sites, released at 9:30 p.m. EST Thursday night that Lopez will be judging season 10 contestants. (Lisa de Moraes at the Washington Post has sources saying it’s not quite a done deal.) I don’t have much of a feel for what she’d be like as a judge. She was a guest mentor season six, but she didn’t leave a deep impression on me. The timing might be right for J.Lo. Her music and film careers have been on a steady decline the past few years. Her most recent film “The Back Up Plan” bombed and her label dropped her earlier this year while her seventh album wasn’t even released. And did you hear her last single “Louboutins”? Painful!

I found the intro video of J.Lo from season six on YouTube:

She appeared to help out Sanjaya Malakar with his best performance: “Besame Mucho.”

She tries to get Blake Lewis to instill some passion into her hubby Marc Anthony’s “I Need to Know” and he actually does pretty well:

This infamous moment at the American Music Awards last year symbolizes her literal downfall:

Tyler is a big name and a larger-than-life personality. I could see him being witty. I just have never seen him in that situation so it’s hard to say if he’d work or not. He has never done a guest mentoring job on “Idol.”

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Mike S

July 29th, 2010
11:49 pm

The scary names making the rounds tonight —- Jennifer Lopex and Steven Tyler will be announced next week as judges. God I hope not.

http://www.gossipcop.com/jennifer-lopez-steven-tyler-offered-american-idol-judge-judges-panel/

@Rodney

July 29th, 2010
11:51 pm

Rodney why won’t you talk about the unethical broadcast practices the 2 Live Stews engaged in, telling listeners that Barack Obama was going to be a featured guest, just to get them to listen through a couple of extra segments?

JTesla

July 29th, 2010
11:55 pm

I wasn’t against Ellen, but I can’t say that I’m sorry to see her go. She instilled no hate and no love, but now I can only hope that the producers go back to 3 judges. Now if they could only get rid of Randy and Kara, we could have a very good panel of judges.

David

July 30th, 2010
12:04 am

If you are dumb enough to listen to the stews you deserve what you got. you are lucky they didn’t ask you for your visa #

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

July 30th, 2010
12:14 am

’sita take a deep breath, you’re a valued blogger here! Deirdre’s point is well-taken, as is JT’s. I’m sort of obsessive about some things, myself, and get my fingers all tangled up in the foot that’s in my mouth, usually, and p/o a few people along the way. But we all love Rodney and this blog and we all have (mostly) great and valid opinions to toss out there. even banter CAN go too far, as we’ve seen. but this is the “home blog” for many of us, and hopefully will stay that way. so there.

Speaking of opinions, i am SO SO SO glad that Ellen has decided to *ahem* retire from Idol Judgeship. And yes, some of those names are truly scary thoughts as potential judges!!! Rodney’s little poll tonight is right telling, imho…. 3/4 of the voters so far think Ellen’s one year is one too many, LOL. love it!

Any one else totally surprised that AdeChike beat out Billy Bell on SYTYCD??? more votes than Lauren or Billy? no way. Wished Jose could stay, but knew he was about at the end of the timeline– if that lad takes some serious dance lessons, he’ll be pretty darned incredible as a performer. So freaking lovable!!! But there’s no doubt in my mind that Lauren and Kent deserve to be in the top, and I adore Robert…. don’t see how AdeChike can possibly end up in the final 3, but so far he’s fooled me every week. We’ll see, I guess.

And with all the haiku-ing around (pronounced “fooling”) i didn’t see much reaction to AGT’s results. i cannot even remember who is left for the fourth round of the quarterfinals. but overall, i do believe there is some good talent going into the semis.

Guess my time for the AIBuzz is about over for this day…. hope to catch you guys later!

peace!!

LAST YEAR FOR AMERICAN IDOL

July 30th, 2010
12:14 am

I think lil richard, patty labelle, elton john, adam lambert, whitney houston and mary j blige will all be very good judges.

Rodney Ho

July 30th, 2010
12:25 am

The number of “candidates” for Simon’s seat has reached absurd levels. You almost think “Idol” is just leaking names out for fun now.

JTesla

July 30th, 2010
12:37 am

There are a lot of “good” candidates, and probably even more unknowns that would be good. The one idea I don’t like is doing away with all the judges (thanks for all the info Chuckles™). I want someone to be there to tell the contestants when they stink. Week after week of having a mediocre singer without even the satisfaction of having the truth come out about how bad they are doing would not be fun.

Honu

July 30th, 2010
12:46 am

Hi Rodney! Thanks for the late-night scoop — I had no idea she was leaving. So this would make room for Adam, right? :-) For the record, I loved Ellen and thought she brought a much needed kinder, gentler dynamic to the judge’s table. I’ll really miss her.

Rodney Ho

July 30th, 2010
1:02 am

Hey Honu–”Idol” never sleeps. At least tonight!

John

July 30th, 2010
1:07 am

This show off da chain wit all the nudety, gay lirics, gayness, etc.They needs to brings the Lord presense into this show. Miss Cece Winens, Miss Mandisa, Mr. Kirk Franklin would all be grate judge for this show. To God be the glory!!!!!!!

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

July 30th, 2010
1:07 am

Hey Rodney! it’s good to see you’re so in demand! Put Harry in Simon’s spot, at least he’s a somewhat “known” commodity — and just let that fourth spot (formerly) held by Ellen die a quiet death. Please, powers that be at 19/Freemantle — it DID NOT WORK!!!!!

JTesla

July 30th, 2010
1:22 am

Thanks for staying up late Rodney. J.Lo and Tyler might be decent, but with anyone we won’t know until they are actually going through the paces, auditions, Hollywood, and performance nights.

I know that Nigel would be great, but he needs to watch for over exposure. However, if Gordon Ramsey can do multiple shows, why can’t Nigel. I haven’t watched a lot of SYTYCD, but I do know he makes for a great judge.

Three please, and only three.

Rodney Ho

July 30th, 2010
1:30 am

It’s sad I didn’t even remember J.Lo as a guest mentor three years ago. I had to go look those videos up to refresh my memory. Thank goodness for YouTube!

It's done

July 30th, 2010
1:36 am

Ellen bailed off a sinking ship. When Simon announced his departure, they were already starting to shovel dirt on it … but it’s over for good now.

JTesla

July 30th, 2010
1:36 am

It was only 3 years ago, seems like a lot longer. I remember the faces (hello Haley), but I remember Season 5 quite a bit more. I can already hear the moaning that will take place if she is selected, but at this point anyone will be picked apart by some segment of fans.

boots

July 30th, 2010
2:02 am

Did not think Ellen was funny and she sure did not know much about singing. Seemed like a deer in headlights, and it almost seemed like she had someone scripting her comments about the vocals.

Ho No

July 30th, 2010
2:45 am

Shutter to think? Yeesh.

I-Ninjakicksbackatari

July 30th, 2010
3:10 am

Please get a judge who will criticize the hunks w/ so-so voices and not throw the females under the bus on strike one.

Nutmeg

July 30th, 2010
5:36 am

I have more respect for Ellen, not only because she opted to leave the show but also because she admitted that she simply didn’t like judging the young talent and hurting their feelings. She tried it, she realized she wasn’t good at it, and she gracefully bowed out–giving the producers plenty of time to both find her replacement and announce it on their own terms. That’s professional.

The Steven Tyler rumor is looking quite credible now that J-Lo has been hired. I know I’m in the minority, but I’d like to see Kara stick around. Last season, she had the most cogent critiques. If they do let her go, I hope they get another talent who is primarily a songwriter and not a recognizable-on-the-street celebrity.

I hope they stick with American judges. “America’s Got Talent” drives me nuts for not even having a SINGLE American judge on the panel! I have nothing against judges from other countries, but if you’re going to put them in the judging seat, I think they ought to change the name. Speaking culturally, America has a different vibe than other countries. What flies in England (or Canada) might not fly here; what bombs in England might thrive here. Just because we share a language doesn’t mean we necessarily share taste. Eh.

Grumpy

July 30th, 2010
6:28 am

Maybe Tyler will shake them out of the cookie-cutter slump they’ve been in. A hard rock band (A7X) is going to have the #1 album in the country next week. Rock music will never die, but Idol is trying their best to act like it doesn’t exist, favoring bubble gum snoozefests instead. Time to break the mold and inject some variety. If Stephen Tyler = a little more rock, then he gets my vote.

Highlander

July 30th, 2010
6:46 am

Good morning, all!

Kudos to Ellen for her gracious exit! Well done!

I would have to see Steven Tyler in action as a judge before making a yea or nay decision. Though I will admit my first reaction was, “What?!”

JLo, on the other hand, I think should do well. And think about it – singer, dancer …she’s a sexier, smarter version of Paula! (Paula 2.0??) :D

Highlander

July 30th, 2010
6:53 am

WOW!! I just heard a report that Kara (who was on a year-to-year deal) has not been renewed for this season! Could it be that we actually will get back to just 3 judges?

Unfortunately, I also think most of the coherent, constructive critiques we did hear last season were from Kara! I thought she upped her game from her freshman season. Meanwhile, Randy was his usual self, Ellen was too nice and Simon, for the most part, mailed it in.

Alex Trebeck

July 30th, 2010
7:12 am

Not a big J-Lo fan but she has to be a huge step up over Ellen. Ellen’s comments, and her “jokes”, were ill suited for the show. Maybe next time they’ll get someone whose resume has more than “I like music and I like to dance” as qualifications.

Elmo

July 30th, 2010
7:25 am

Middle America does not like her. She has advertised her sexual preference and a lot of People don’t like it.

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
7:38 am

Morning!

Elmo…put a sock in it! Middle America likes Ellen a whole bunch!

I’m still stunned. They said that there would be huge changes during the off-season. Sometimes that just means they’re going tweak the set pieces.

This is a hopeful sign that they are serious about overhauling the show. If you haven’t read Chuckles at the end of the previous thread, you might want to. But the Lopez rumor seems to belie what he said. I thought Jennifer made a very good mentor. I remember being surprised. She’s someone I would give a ‘wait and see’ attitude.

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
7:43 am

RE the grammar discussion: I wasn’t speaking directly to Rosita, she just happened to be the latest ‘correcter’. And yes, a lot of what I said had to do with the amount of abuse Rodney faces daily from grammar police gone wild. I’ve read tons of it over the years and it annoys me.

As I said…we all have a pretty good grasp of the language, know how to express ourselves and occasionally make typing errors. We don’t need to be correcting ourselves or each other. We have enough to deal with when trolls are in season.

Rosita

July 30th, 2010
7:55 am

‘Morning! Apple cart turnover!
I thought JLo was an earnest mentor. Will she be able to step beyond her own performance boundaries, as Paula was, to help contestants see their opportunities in a positive but real world way? I hope so.
So this leaves Randy and. . . ? What happened to Harry?

Mercedes S.

July 30th, 2010
8:11 am

This is my last comment on this, promise…JT,from prevoous thread, as for haiku “dominating for a whole day”, note this was a fun diversion when not much was happening Idol wise, not until the momentous news of early evening that Ellen was leaving.

Agree that Ellen bowed out graciously. And she can be a much better mentor doing what she’s done in the past, bringing on the voted-off people, encouraging them to go on with their music.

Also agree with A Ninja’s comment about hoping for judges who won’t go all a-flutter over pretty boys with mediocre voices – and judges who won’t throw females under thebus on strike one. That was the main problem with season 9.

Harm – I used to really like Joy Behar but yeah, she’s getting annoying about Mel G.

RK

July 30th, 2010
8:15 am

Ellen quit? Right. She was forced out.

Let’s just all forget last year happened, and reboot.

JLo? It could work, but she might be too high-profile. Do we need her and Kara (who I would like to see stay)?

The Jessica SImpson rumor sounds like a nightmare. There’s no way she could put together a coherent thought, live. If they really feel like they need to fill the Paula Abdul “role”, then she would work.

Besides, don’t all judges need to be Brits? Graham Norton!

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
8:21 am

No only the snarky one has to be a Brit.

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
8:28 am

OK, I have to this. Just for JT

Ellen leaves Idol -
Empty chairs adorn the stage
for who is unknown

RK

July 30th, 2010
8:30 am

Or is that “for whom”? :)

Mercedes S.

July 30th, 2010
8:30 am

See Dee’s points about being too hurried to bother about grammar… of course I meant for Ellen to bring ther voted off ones onto HER SHOW…

Also wanted to make a point of thanking Rodney for his excellent job with this blog!

Mercedes S.

July 30th, 2010
8:31 am

Biting my tongue, not responding, RK -

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
8:35 am

LOL RK! I’ll give you a pass on that one! ;-)

Rickster

July 30th, 2010
8:36 am

Rodney… I shudder to think you shutter to think of Courtney Love as a possible judge. :-)

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
8:37 am

Hey Mike!

I think I might be getting just a little excited about season 10. do you think that might be part of the plan?

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
8:40 am

I would actually approve of Nigel as Simon’s replacement. I think he gives good, relatively short critiques on SYTYCD. He knows the show and its needs better than just about anybody.

RK

July 30th, 2010
8:40 am

Deirdre: 100% yes. Every year they find a way to get people talking about the show. Last year, they had the Simon contract dance, Ellen, and Paula leaving.

Keeps Rodney busy!

KPH

July 30th, 2010
8:42 am

Hello everyone. I think Tyler would be a good judge and bring some excitement to the panel that it has never had. Please no more judges without a musical backgound of some kind! Ellen just didnt work out. When it was announced that she would be a judge I thought at least she would be funny but 90% of the time that didnt work either. J.LO? uummm I dont know. Maybe? Probably not.

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
8:42 am

LOL RK. I actually changed it from whom to who and went back and forth on which was correct.

RK

July 30th, 2010
8:44 am

Mike S: and I really don’t know the answer — but I knew, by phrasing it that way, I could get away with it…

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
8:44 am

The biggest worry with Tyler and J-Lo is which one will trip and tumble off the podium first. *rimshot*

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
8:46 am

I am with you RK. I write for a living, and after 49 years on this earth I still don’t really know the correct usage.

Rickster

July 30th, 2010
8:46 am

I don’t think Idol is dead… yet. But it is in critical condition.

Randy is a non-factor. Kara has become a reasoned (though long-winded) opinion. Now that Ellen is out, the replacement judge(s) could very well determine the survivability of Idol.

Can J-Lo do it? I don’t think so. Of all the candidates that have been named… I don’t know if anyone can do it – though HCjr has the best chance.

Any show that makes it to 10 years is very much the exception.

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
8:51 am

LOL Mike…nice to have you back. You too RK!

I guess big news in Idol-Land still draws a crowd. Maybe not quite as big as it used to be but…everyone still has an opinion.

RxDawg

July 30th, 2010
8:52 am

Wow, I didn’t mind Ellen that much. She had me laughing pretty good a few times, and after all we watch Idol to be entertained so laughing isn’t bad. Oh well….I can’t shake the feeling that were watching a great show go down.

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
8:56 am

I really agree with Nigel in that all the judges should be changed. We need fresh thoughts…people who can speak their opinions in short, to the point sentences. While Kara improved this year, she struggles at being brief. And her drooling girly attitude about Casey that became an annoying sidelight this year CANNOT happen again!

Randy has clearly run out of things to say. He ran out of things to say at least 3 seasons ago but no one really cared. Now it’s time for him to go.

New panel? Nigel, JLo, Harry Jr. I’m thinking that’s just about perfect.

kelly&carriefan

July 30th, 2010
8:59 am

Well, knock me over with a feather…just kidding. I do recall Chuckles mentioning major changes during the season. Thanks for the scoop, btw.

As far as Ellen leaving, I’m not too terribly shocked. She does have her show as her platform, and she just started her record label. Maybe she feels she can do the music thing without needing to be on Idol?

I did also hear the rumor about Kara. While she might not have a lot of fans on this blog, I have liked her commentary and critiques. She knows her stuff.

JLO? Steven Tyler? See, I’m not sure how I feel about that? I think they might seriously detract attention from the contestants. But we shall see. I do like the idea of having a “permanent” seat saved for guest judges.

And if we’re throwing names into the ring, I humbly nominate myself. I mean, why not? ;)

Rickster

July 30th, 2010
9:01 am

I’ve written for pay as well… and it IS tough to know some of the differences – much less nuances. I need to get an updated version of my AP Stylebook & Libel Manual!

RxDawg

July 30th, 2010
9:02 am

“And her drooling girly attitude about Casey that became an annoying sidelight this year CANNOT happen again!”

D- the show kept pushing that junk, not Kara. She very much tried to avoid it and it showed.

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
9:03 am

I am in the minority as I actually liked Ellen as a judge to be honest. But it was obvious from day one that she just could not bring her self to honestly critique the bad performances, in those cases she usually just punted by either agreeing with Randy or making a joke.

So, it is looking like J-Lo and Steven Tyler are definately in and Ellen and Kara are out. Interesting.

I think that at this point Randy is now a sort of third wheel as the lone hold over from the past. I am with D here, Nigel is correct in sweeping the panel clean – and that means buying Randy out too. I would be quite happy with Nigel as the third judge to be honest, and in this scenario there is also still a slight glimmer of hope for Harry Jr.

Rodney Ho

July 30th, 2010
9:07 am

I agree. A true clean slate would be to buy out Randy’s final year and bring in someone else like Harry Jr. or Nigel. But that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Woodpappy

July 30th, 2010
9:08 am

Dang, Rosita…I didn’t mean to start a bashing of anyone yesterday. Please take it as it was meant…with a smile (I haven’t figured out emoticons yet) And just to add to JT’s input, I don’t even know what a connundrum is!

Rickster

July 30th, 2010
9:08 am

I never enjoyed Ellen. Her best moment was at the very beginning of Hollywood Week when she jopked with Simon about his leaving right after she joined. She always had that “deer in the headlights” look when critiquing a performer (but then again, she ALWAYS has that “deer in the headlights” look.)

Steven Tyler? Ummmm NO!!

I can go with HCjr, J-Lo and Nigel.

Substitute Shania for J-Lo and I think you’d have a near-perfect panel.

Rickster

July 30th, 2010
9:09 am

Did we have a conundrum kerfuffle? :-)

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
9:13 am

OH me ah, oh my ah, oh how I love Shania.

With apologies to Cledus T. Judd

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
9:14 am

A Conundrum kerfuffle? Well isn’t that a quagmire!

Rosita

July 30th, 2010
9:17 am

Woodpappy, no worries!
Off-season is a time when it’s easier to get off-topic. I would hope we could all find a happy medium, and I believe that’s what other posters have been saying as well.
:-)
(colon dash close paren)

The Negster

July 30th, 2010
9:20 am

Randy’s still alive? They hit him with five shots and he’s still alive? Well, that’s bad luck for me, and bad luck for the show if they make that deal.

I-Ninjakicksbackatari

July 30th, 2010
9:20 am

Don’t forget the voting system when it comes to change idol.

Brilliant Idea

July 30th, 2010
9:25 am

I nominate Hugh Laurie to replace Simon. He’s British, he’s eye candy, and he can model his snarkiness on House. And he has musical experience – releasing an album now, played in several bands. And did I mention he is hot?

RK

July 30th, 2010
9:26 am

You could put 3 corpses in the chairs — but if the voting doesn’t reflect what America wants (not just what teens want) — it will continue to slide into stupidity.

Katelyn Epperly and Lily not making the top 12 is what I’m talking about — unique, interesting talents that shouldn’t have been squeezed out by the bland men this year.

If Randy is fired, sell your stocks in two-button sweaters and red shoes.

Woodpappy

July 30th, 2010
9:27 am

;-) See you can teach an old dawg new tricks !

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
9:29 am

Brilliant Idea…get a load of Hugh Laurie in the Masterpiece Theater series Jeeves and Wooster. All that “hot” talk will disappear. He’s hilarious!

RK

July 30th, 2010
9:30 am

Get a panel of 3 Doctor Whos.

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
9:30 am

I absolutely agree with the comments on voting. If Idol doesn’t change its voting system this year or next it will lose much of its main audience. We don’t text! At least not for 2 hours straight!

Rosita

July 30th, 2010
9:31 am

Good work, Woodpappy!
Love Hugh Laurie!

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
9:37 am

I will allow Hugh Laurie to be a judge, but only if 13 gets on the panel too!

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
9:39 am

I have the whole Jeeves and Wooster on dvd. My husband still can’t watch House because High Laurie is so NOT Bertie Wooster on House.

kelly&carriefan

July 30th, 2010
9:48 am

YES! A thousand times “YES!” on overhauling the voting. I think, imo, this is one of the worst things on the show. I do text, but I’m not on AT&T and I don’t care enough about Idol to switch carriers….shocking I know. ;)

JTesla

July 30th, 2010
9:59 am

Rumor, rumor, rumor. Idol give us confirmation!

My fear now is that Idol won’t realize that it’s not just the judges, it is also the stifling focus on them.

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
10:04 am

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Idol has made a decision with the judges and that decision will be announced on Monday during Fox’s turn at the table to talk about their upcoming season. I think they wanted to surprise us. Looks more and more like it will be Tyler, Lopez and Jackson…although no one is very sure about Randy at this moment.

RK

July 30th, 2010
10:07 am

Just bring an old contestant back, like Justin Guarini.

waaaaaaa

July 30th, 2010
10:11 am

boohoo. after this show dies on the vine next year, i’ll lose all my friends. where will i go? what will i do? WHO will i talk to? and will rodney ho still have a job?

Rodney Ho

July 30th, 2010
10:14 am

Thank goodness I still have the AJC Radio and TV Talk blog!

JTesla

July 30th, 2010
10:18 am

Wait… Rodney works on more than just this one blog for work? And here I thought a daily update here was a 40 hour a week job by itself! ;)

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
10:19 am

And who will tell me to get a life or make judgments about me based on what they read in a blog?????

idolblogwatcher

July 30th, 2010
10:30 am

Hey Rodney – do you have any details on the Dance Expo @ Atlantic Station tomorrow afternoon that is part of National Dance Day that Nygel has been promoting on SYTYCD? My daughter’s group performs, but they have only been given their report time and performance time. Was curious if any big names from the dance world will be there.

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
10:31 am

it’s ok Waaaaa, we will always have that wonderful Spring in Paris.

XMAN

July 30th, 2010
10:36 am

Honestly, I didn’t watch a single episode laster year, so I don’t care who they put on that show, since I will not be watching..

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
10:39 am

Thank you for sharing that with us XMAN. My day is complete now. :-)

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
10:45 am

It is telling, imo, that we haven’t reach 100 comments yet. This is pretty big news.

JTesla

July 30th, 2010
10:53 am

Last year, with Paula, people were upset and worried about the show. This year people are either happy or indifferent, and those that would worry are hoping for something better than last year.

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
10:55 am

You have to admire the cleverness of all this. If it stays the way we think it’s going, it looks like JLo will replace Ellen and Tyler will replace Kara. No “replacement ” for Simon.

Rodney Ho

July 30th, 2010
11:02 am

Yes. I got a lot more comments in a shorter amount of time when I wrote about 680/The fan and 790/The Zone!

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
11:03 am

I still think there will be a last minute “Randy decides to leave Idol” announcement Monday morning. They will then intorduce J-Lo and Steven T., and announce a ‘nationwide search’ for Randy’s replacement.

Janet

July 30th, 2010
11:05 am

I cannot look at Steven Tyler. Period. That will be a huge issue for me. Hoping that one’s wrong (if they want a rocker, Bret Michaels would be preferable, and this from someone who doesn’t like Bret’s music but does like him as a guy and businessman). J Lo I can take or leave (overrated as an “artist,” of course, but ignorable and sort of a fun personality). I do hope Kara is toast.

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Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
11:13 am

The only problem I can see with Bret Michaels(besides his tabloid tv beginnings) is that his health problems will take away from the contestants. Will Bret have another “incident” while the show is live? will he survive the season?

I admit to also having some difficulty looking at Tyler. He’s either one step up or one step down in looks from Mick Jagger…I can’t decide which.

Deirdre

July 30th, 2010
11:13 am

And yes, I know how shallow that sounds.

Rickster

July 30th, 2010
11:20 am

It’s not shallow, your queeness. It’s not your fault that Steven Tyler is UGLY! :-)

JTesla

July 30th, 2010
11:28 am

He may be ugly, but he is still getting the ladies! An 80 year old man like him who can still work it, bless him.

Bret Michaels, please no. He’s a reality show wh0re, nothing more.

Rickster

July 30th, 2010
11:29 am

Don’t worry, Rodney. After this year’s final season of Idol, you can start an X-Factor blog!

Rickster

July 30th, 2010
11:35 am

I do hope that they clean house. Get rid of Randy too. Get rid of the guy who decided to go to four judges. Bring in three all-new judges.

Heck… I’d even be willing to get rid of Ryan if it meant going back to three judges.

Obama

July 30th, 2010
11:36 am

Jlo is better then Ellen… But maybe they should offer Obama the job im sure he would do much better then he is doing as president.

Mike S

July 30th, 2010
11:47 am

The only problem there is OBama would want the show to TAX 50% of the top votegetters votes and distribute them among the less talented performers to ensure every competitor gets there fair share of votes.

Rickster

July 30th, 2010
11:51 am

Heck… if it means going back to three judges….

Bring Back Dunkelman! :-)