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Idol bits: Final ratings up, audition cities for season 11 set; is Cheryl Cole out on ‘X Factor’?

Scott McCreery and Lauren Alaina on the finale night. CREDIT: Michael Becker/Fox

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina on the finale night. CREDIT: Michael Becker/Fox

For the first time in five years, “Idol” saw ratings growth for its finale. The early Nielsen numbers were 29.3 million. Last year, the show only drew about 24.2 million, the lowest since season one. The 18-49 rating was 9.2, up from 8.2 in 2010.

Year over year, “Idol” is up 5 percent from 23.9 million to 25 million. The 18-49 rating is down 5% from 8.7/23 to 8.3/23. Note that the share is the same. The season 8 finale with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert drew 28.8 million and a 10.0 18-49 share. The season 7 finale with David Cook and David Archuleta drew about 32.7 million. The season six finale with Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis brought in 30.7 million. The top finale ever? Ruben and Clay season two with 38.1 million and the second biggest was season 5’s Taylor/Kat showdown with 36.4 million.

The final  “Dancing With the Stars” finale was 21.4 million with 4.6 18-49 rating.  This season’s 12th edition actually was the best season ever for the show.

CREDIT: Michael Becker/FOX

CREDIT: Michael Becker/FOX

- Atlanta, which has been an audition city five of the first ten seasons, is not part of the itinerary for season 11. Idol is hitting many cities it has not used very much in the past. Of the six referenced, only one is in the top 10 (Houston.) Charleston, SC is the closest to Atlanta.

Audition cities and dates for AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 include St. Louis, MO, on Tuesday, June 28; Portland, OR, on Saturday, July 2; San Diego, CA, on Friday, July 8; Pittsburgh, PA, on Friday, July 15; and Charleston, SC, on Friday, July 22; and Houston, TX, on Friday, Aug. 26. Additional details will be announced on americanidol.com.

- There were concerns before “X Factor” picked up Cheryl Cole that her British accent would be a problem. TMZ reports that she’s out and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, who had been a co-host. There was also reportedly chemistry issues with her and Paula Abdul. Not sure how much her accent came into play though TMZ said that was a factor.

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JTesla

May 26th, 2011
12:52 pm

BOOO to X Facotr. British accent? Umm what kind of accent does Simon have? If chemisty with Paula is an issue, give Paula the boot! The woman is toxic.

Glad to hear that numbers are up.

Portland Oregon July 2! WOOOHOOO!

Scotty "George W" McCreery

May 26th, 2011
12:56 pm

As far as english goes “I love you this big” is right up there with “Is our children learning”

If you haven’t seen the hilarious pictures of Scotty McCreery looking just like George W Bush you are missing some funny stuff, I almost fell out of my chair when I saw these comparison pictures!

Check out the Scotty vs Bush pictures here!:

http://spaceemperor.blogspot.com/

JTesla

May 26th, 2011
12:59 pm

Scotty “George W” McCreery… yes we know, you don’t need to post it in 5 blogs. I know that it’s fun to boost your blog hits, but “new” content also does that.

Scotty "George W" McCreery

May 26th, 2011
1:02 pm

My bad, its just I have to “hilariousify” these idol chatters, keep it light amigo

p59w

May 26th, 2011
1:16 pm

Maybe IDOL can get Cheryl Cole to replace JLo.

p59w

May 26th, 2011
1:18 pm

After all, judges at American Idol don’t have to be understandable to have a seat.

Rickster™ © ®

May 26th, 2011
1:20 pm

From Jon Camanica of the NY Times

This season the male contestants — who outlasted the majority of the women — had more blatant genre allegiances: Casey Abrams, a goofball jazzbo with jam-band demeanor; James Durbin, a caterwauling lite-metal aspirant; Jacob Lusk, a pitch-challenged-but-thrilling adult-contemporary gospel soul man; Paul McDonald, a thin-voiced ’70s country-rock vagabond.

By contrast, the female contestants were more all-purpose: the would-be “Glee” star Thia Megia, the anonymous disco diva Pia Toscano, the rootless and formless Haley Reinhart and even Ms. Alaina, who early on couldn’t settle among country, R&B and post-Kelly Clarkson shout-pop.

I agree with all his descriptions.

Rodney Ho

May 26th, 2011
1:25 pm

Good descriptions of the male vs. female singers, true that. Last year, we had Crystal Bowersox, truly the only real artist from season 9.

Mercedes S.

May 26th, 2011
1:44 pm

“rootless and formless Haley”… yes, but she did have some curves.

From previous thread, My Top Choices over the years:

1. Kelly
2. Clay
3. JHud
4. Carrie
5. Chris Daughtry
6. Melinda Dolittle
7. David Cook
8. ADAM (ALL TIME FAVORITE)
9. Siobhan Magnus
10. James

3 winners… kinda poor predictions

Rickster™ © ®

May 26th, 2011
2:10 pm

You’re batting .300, Mercedes. That’d get you a big fat contract in MLB! :-)

Branch Loveless

May 26th, 2011
2:14 pm

JTesla- the answer is “yes”; you are a clever dude. Sorry for delayed response but AT&T decided to drop the internet ball for awhile.

JTesla

May 26th, 2011
2:18 pm

LOL, cool. I was thinking for weeks that we’ve been missing someone, someone that needed to see this Branch Loveless because they are on the same page.

Deirdre

May 26th, 2011
2:27 pm

What made you change your name, Branch?

Deirdre

May 26th, 2011
2:28 pm

I love the way I get my questions answered before I even ask them! ;-)

Deirdre

May 26th, 2011
2:29 pm

I think the Diana love was a major clue…..not that lots of people don’t love Diana.

Branch Loveless

May 26th, 2011
2:29 pm

Exactly the same page! 8-)

Short version is that computer crashed, was off the blog for quite a while, then decided to retire old name and start anew. Didn’t think anyone would catch it, though!

Branch Loveless

May 26th, 2011
2:32 pm

You have that kind of power, Deirdre!

Deirdre

May 26th, 2011
2:33 pm

I keep posting ahead of branch even though I’m typing after.

Branch Loveless

May 26th, 2011
2:37 pm

WTF is going on with this blog? :shock:

ML

May 26th, 2011
2:39 pm

Incredible show,smeared with disgust (Lady Gaga’s performance)

Deirdre

May 26th, 2011
2:42 pm

Maybe I should start calling you ‘Loveless. Wordpress is having some kind of issue….it’s happening on other wordpress blogs as well….pre-posting is weird but the “You’re posting too fast, slow down” when I haven’t said anything in 5 minutes really annoys me.

Branch Loveless

May 26th, 2011
2:44 pm

As the official Queen, I guess you can call me whatever you want, Deirdre! Just call. ;-)

(note to self: in next incarnation, tone down love/admiration of Diana…)

JTesla

May 26th, 2011
2:54 pm

I loved Lady Gaga’s performance last night! I have a new favorite song, listened to it twice this morning. Yeah I bought the album.

I’m glad you’re back! It got a little lonely in here when I was beating the war drums in support of the ‘vote female campaign’.

JTesla

May 26th, 2011
2:55 pm

To be honest, for me, it wasn’t just the Diana love, but it allowed me to question with confidence.

Branch Loveless

May 26th, 2011
3:04 pm

Crap! I think my internet connection is about to go once again. Oh well, maybe it’ll let me play tomorrow. Need to sleep anyway.

I’ll check back later for the answer to this query, JT: did kelly&carriefan not help with the vote female campaign????????

Rickster™ © ®

May 26th, 2011
3:08 pm

for $.99 cents, right JT?

Deirdre

May 26th, 2011
3:13 pm

We were talking money a few days ago and here’s the Ap’s info on what the winner and runner-up gets(via mj):

Scotty will receive at least $250,000 in advances for winning the show and recording the first album.
He will also tens of thousands of dollars more for granting “Idol” partners likeness, merchandise and endorsement rights, and will also receive royalties on any music he releases.
Lauren will receive $87,500 for finishing second. The amount would be doubled if she records an album.
Jordin Sparks, who was a minor when she took the crown in 2007, received a contract that guaranteed her a $180,000 advance after the show and another $180,000 after delivering her first album. Oof. Scotty takes a pay cut!
S7 runner up, David Archuleta, (17 at the time) had a contract that indicated a payout of $360,000 total if an album was recorded, with an advance of $155,000–double that once he produced an album.
In some past seasons, winners were paid a minimum of $100,000 for merchandise rights, records show. Draft merchandise agreements for Scotty and Lauren give him $50,000 and her $40,000. More pay cuts!

Deirdre

May 26th, 2011
3:17 pm

AP…as in Associated Press

JTesla

May 26th, 2011
3:17 pm

There was some support here and there, I can’t remember how much K&Cfan got behind it. Heck Rodney planted the seed for it, but no one seemed as enthusiastic about it as I was. Or more correctly, as scared as I was that we’d end up with 5 males in the top 5.

Rickster, sadly no. I don’t yet trust that new fangled cloud stuff yet. I want my music 10 to 20 years from now so I got it the old school way… on iTunes.

Rickster™ © ®

May 26th, 2011
3:18 pm

Anoop Desai’s “lane” is “smart and hip. It’s hooky, it’ s catchy.”

Scotty McCreary’s “lane” is a narrow, winding country dirt road that’s he driving in a old beat-up pick up truck.

Sam-A

May 26th, 2011
3:38 pm

From last thread, my choices were very close to Deirdre’s and somewhat close to Mercedes:

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Sam-A

May 26th, 2011
3:51 pm

Oops!
1 Kelly (by far my favorite ever)
2 Clay
3 Latoya London
4 Bo or Constantine (I too can admit it)
5 Daughtry
6 Don’t remember really caring about anyone
7 Michael Johns (2nd fave ever) with David C 2nd
8 Maybe Adam, at least in final 3
9 Crystal by a huge margin
10 Pia and Lauren

Can’t believe the season is already over!

Nana and Deirdre – keep us posted on your precious 4-legged little ones.
Harm – hope all is well with you. Maybe missed something, but I don’t recall seeing your name recently.
Woodpappy – good luck with your wood business – hope you sell a bundle. Will look for you at the next arts
festival I attend.
Mercedes – please, please keep us posted on new movies. Still waiting on your word for “Super 8″ (got it
right this time!) I am one of the biggest movie lovers ever.
Rickster – will we agree so often next season?? Who knows! Keep the fortress ready in case I need it.
JT – hope you find someone on the new shows to “lust” after until either Idol or Diana appear again.
ROHO – Thanks so much for all your information, and especially your patience in putting up with all the
a-holes who give you such incredibly stupid and inane crap!

Rickster™ © ®

May 26th, 2011
3:55 pm

Since I missed this in the previous thread…

Season One: Watched Idol Rewind, does that count? Kelly
Season Two: Didn’t watch.
Season Three: Ditto
Season Four: (Idol Rewind) Carrie (duh!)
Season Five: See Season Three
Season Six: Melinda “The best singer to never win American Idol” Doolittle
Season Seven: The Cookster
Season Eight: Danny Gokey
Season Nine: Katie Stevens
Season Ten: Lauren

Woodpappy

May 26th, 2011
3:58 pm

You’re the best Sam-A

Sam-A

May 26th, 2011
4:05 pm

Wood – I keep trying to tell everyone that! Why don’t they believe me???

Sam-A

May 26th, 2011
4:10 pm

Rick: there you go again. Forgot about Katie – I really liked her a lot. And until the end I like Gokey, then something happened and I didn’t like him so much anymore. Can’t remember what that was. Lauren and Pia were always my fave 2.

Actually just remembered that I liked the Irish gal better than David C at first, but he turned out to be a really good choice (if it couldn’t be my beloved Michael J!)

bring back simon!

May 26th, 2011
4:30 pm

One of the best seasons for all-around talent. By far the worst for judges.

Rickster™ © ®

May 26th, 2011
4:44 pm

Don’t fight it Sam-A!! :-)

JTesla

May 26th, 2011
4:46 pm

Sam… lust? Me? You’re still upset that I crowned Paul Simon the greatest songwriter of the 20th century aren’t you?

Harriett

May 26th, 2011
4:50 pm

Time to go. Enjoyed everyone’s take on last night. Sam-A I had forgotten about LaToya London. I liked her, too. Night all.

Sam-A

May 26th, 2011
4:53 pm

Funeral tomorrow, and holiday Monday. I don’t do computers at home, so a wonderful holiday for all.

Rickster™ © ®

May 26th, 2011
5:01 pm

Sam-A, I hope you will be comforted by the love your mother is remembered with.

Rickster™ © ®

May 26th, 2011
5:07 pm

Hope everyone has a good evening. Stay dry and safe!

Cammi317

May 26th, 2011
9:29 pm

So does this mean that Nicole is no longer going to be a judge on the Sing-Off?

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