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‘Idol’ returns today for 12th season

Ryan Seacrest is the glue that holds "Idol" together. CREDIT: AP

Ryan Seacrest is the glue that holds "Idol" together. CREDIT: AP

Nigel Lythgoe told TMZ what I believe is true; Ryan Seacrest is truly indispensable on the show.

“Ryan Seacrest drives the entire program,” he said. “He’s not on an earpiece or anything. He’s not beholden to anybody. He controls the show. He’s really important.”

I agree. I believe the moment he leaves would be the most blatant sign the show is on its last legs. It’s not there yet. But the show does return tonight at 8 p.m. Interestingly, the AJC print edition for the first time since season one did not request a story about “Idol.”

But the Los Angeles Times did the obligatory piece here.

“Yes, there are too many of these shows on the air, and they are taking each other down a little bit, but this is still the king of the shows,” said Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox. “This is the one, and only one, that makes stars. Period.”

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I was quoted in the USA Today story about “American Idol.” Here’s my excerpt.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogger Rodney Ho, who writes about Idol, calls the 45-minute auditions preview “The Nicki Minaj Show” and says she “kind of sucked the oxygen out of the room, for better or for worse.” Add that to the fact there are now four judges, instead of three, and that could cause problems, he says.

“I think the show always gets bogged down when they bring in four judges,” he says. “I think the live shows are going to have serious problems, because Nicki is going to have a hard time being shut down.”

[She even admitted to Ellen DeGeneres she's not looking forward to the live shows. “I cannot trust myself,” Minaj said. You've been warned!]

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“X Factor” winner Tate Stevens signs with Sony Nashville.

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Season 9 “Idol” winner Lee DeWyze signs with Vanguard Records, which is also home to Matt Nathanson, Atlanta’s own Indigo Girls and Chris Isaak.

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46 comments Add your comment

1st mate

January 16th, 2013
9:59 am

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Ryan is good, but he gets too much credit.

1st mate

January 16th, 2013
10:01 am

Congrats on your quote…. That is huge!

Deirdre

January 16th, 2013
10:03 am

Ryan Seacrest drives the entire program,” he said. “He’s not on an earpiece or anything. He’s not beholden to anybody. He controls the show. He’s really important.”

If this quote from Nigel doesn’t confirm that Ryan is the heart, soul and guts of this show then all we have to do is look and the trouble Simon has had finding a host. Carson Daly of The Voice has improved but he is no where near Ryan’s level of expertise.

Ryan will have his hands full this year making sure that Nicki and Mariah both know when to shut up.

1st mate

January 16th, 2013
10:07 am

Ryan has also evolved. Please don’t forget that first two seasons, he was as lost as he could be….and do not forget those frosted tips in his hair.,… hot mess.

Sad Sack

January 16th, 2013
10:49 am

I’ll be watching for all the WGWGs coming to audition

Rickster

January 16th, 2013
10:58 am

I can’t think of a season I’ve been less excited about since… well… last season.

The guy in charge of the bleep button is gonna get a work out this year.

Woodpappy

January 16th, 2013
10:58 am

Ryan needed Idol when it first started, Idol needs Ryan now. Nigel speaks the truth if there ever was any said about the show.

Rickster

January 16th, 2013
11:00 am

If you see a guy walking around Hollywood with his index finger the size of Popeye’s forearms with the rest of his fingers the size of Popeye’s biceps… that’s be “Idol Bleep Button” guy.

Lar

January 16th, 2013
11:10 am

I have to agree with Rickster, I can’t think of a season I’ve been less excited about, but I will watch tonight

Deirdre

January 16th, 2013
11:16 am

1st mate…I hope you join us here this season.

Frosted tips? That was pretty much the style back in ‘03 wasn’t it? And yes, Ryan was very young but not really lost, imo. Can I point out that Carson Daly(when he started with The Voice) had already hosted a few years live on MTV? Just saying compared to Ryan’s 1st 2 years on Idol, Carson was already loaded with experience.

Deirdre

January 16th, 2013
11:16 am

LOL Rickster

Jubie

January 16th, 2013
11:36 am

All the other shows were Idol wannabe’s, but never measure up. And, to me Ryan has always been so much better than the judges, including Simon.

DON GAMBINO

January 16th, 2013
11:58 am

What gives…..

RK

January 16th, 2013
12:10 pm

Another season…

I really couldn’t care less about who the judges are, as long as they are critical, and don’t say that everything is beautiful. Consistency is good, too, which is why they need to even keep Randy. That being said, Minaj is going to be awful.

Deirdre

January 16th, 2013
12:46 pm

In the “News We All Saw Coming A Mile Away” dept: Idol judges predict a girl will win this season!

Rickster

January 16th, 2013
1:19 pm

thanks, your queeness.

I’ve been neglecting my “Court Jester” duties quite a bit.

A

January 16th, 2013
1:20 pm

People watch this show???

Rickster

January 16th, 2013
1:28 pm

Lots of early evenings and late nights. Three meetings last week. Three this week. At least one next week.

And to think I took a $10k cut in pay to work more hours! (But at least it beats unemployment.)

Rickster

January 16th, 2013
1:30 pm

Who’s writing the captions on the front page? Under NiMi’s picture it says,

“New judge Nicki Minaj takes center stage on premiere; Randy, Mariah, Kurt join in. ”

Who in the world is Kurt?

Simon

January 16th, 2013
2:12 pm

Idol is merely a putrid shell of it’s former self. Randy and Ryan should get out before they become part (by association) of the laughing stock, circling the drain, “cast of mutant social misfits” that will ultimately bring about the demise of the show. With that, I bid you good day.

Sam-A

January 16th, 2013
2:22 pm

Things I hope not to hear tonight (or ever again):
“Beautiful, just beautiful”
“Baby, I love you”
“Dawg”
“C’mon now……”
“you’re the real deal”

Sam-A

January 16th, 2013
3:20 pm

Surprisingly slow today, considering the show starts tonight

missnadine

January 16th, 2013
3:22 pm

I think the first few shows will draw record #s, but that the #s will fall sharply after that. I like to look a number of websites during the day, and one thing I saw was that http://www.bossip.com was rating Nicky as a major has-been. That site is very AA centric (hence their name), but also draws a young crowd.

I think of AI as Survivor in a way. Survivor was THE show for years, and even had their own side programs, and for a while, a shot on Survivor could translate to outside fame. I think the show is still in the top 10 after maybe 15 years, but just does not have the buzz. This AIbblog gets so much more response than any I have seen in other papers. Look at ANY major paper, be it the New Yourk Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune or USA Today, and any AI article might get 10 responses, even if a local person is in the running. I think this is mainly due to Rodney.

I gave up on it a few years ago, the season with Adam. My favorite pairing is still Carrie and Bo, so go figure! I find this blog interesting and I do read it from time to time.

missnadine

January 16th, 2013
3:27 pm

AIbblog sat WHAT? sorry about that. I meant AI Blog :) , also New York, not New Yourk. I should learn to proof…

Kanarstead

January 16th, 2013
3:28 pm

“The Nicki Minaj Show”

No thanks, I won’t be watching this season. For those that do, enjoy Nicki jumping the shark tonight.

JTesla

January 16th, 2013
3:43 pm

Now Nicki is going to jump a shark? Shark jumping has truely jumped the shark.

Blog Count of JTesla’s responses to “Jumping the shark” comments in 2013: 1

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

January 16th, 2013
3:55 pm

Hi y’all,

I’m hesitantly ready for the circus to get started tonight…I’m a bit under the weather (no pun intended) and looking forward to the laughs. Oh, Idol, I wish I knew how to quit you! Still don’t.

Rodney Ho

January 16th, 2013
4:03 pm

New blog software is coming soon. It will require upfront registration, which is a good thing. I’m about to go into training. The sports bloggers have already switched to it.

Deirdre

January 16th, 2013
4:07 pm

LOL k&cf and JT! I am very much looking forward to tonight’s show. As I’ve said before, if the judges are awful, at least the posts here will be fun!

Feel better k&cf. If it’s the same bug that got me last week, I’m am so sorry for you!

Deirdre

January 16th, 2013
4:09 pm

We’ll manage, Rodney. Someone will give a tutorial to the computer-challenged….starting with me.

Harriett

January 16th, 2013
4:10 pm

Hey, everyone. I will talk to y’all tonight. Registration nightmares keeping me away during the day! Idol night!! Yaaaay!!

Deirdre

January 16th, 2013
4:15 pm

I just tried posting on one of the sports blogs and had no trouble(I registered awhile back) Although I will be DeirdreC now.

Rodney Ho

January 16th, 2013
4:17 pm

Hopefully, the new blog software will be reasonably seamless for you guys!

Rickster

January 16th, 2013
4:22 pm

Great! New blog software.

Just another reason to not get excited about the season.

Dr. Russell

January 16th, 2013
4:39 pm

Christina Pasqualone, a former Pinecrest Academy student in Cumming, GA, will be on Amerian Idol tonight. She sings “Summertime.” Go Chrstina!!!

FarTrain

January 16th, 2013
5:01 pm

Apparently some do not read or participate in the sports blogs as much as I do and have not seen the numerous complaints, gripes, flare-ups etc. that are occurring. It is “terrible” and has numerous glitches. If it is the same you will soon see, and if not then maybe it has been fixed today, or changed. There are 2-3 negatives I have about it, but will wait and see what some of you put forth tonight. I know one thing, they are not getting nearly as many posts as they did before. Some have just gotten aggravated and frustrated and left. For those who would like to see some great blog or comments formats go to the SF Chronicle, or even better, the Knoxville Sentinel. The KNS is practically perfect with a beautiful website layout. It’s just peaceful being on it, and I hang out there sometimes.

missnadine

January 16th, 2013
5:14 pm

it would be nice if we could respond directly to each other, like you can do on HuffPo’s site.

JTesla

January 16th, 2013
5:20 pm

I tried to visit a sports blog that has it, can’t view the comments. I guess AJC is about the jump the shark! ;)

Nana

January 16th, 2013
6:48 pm

Hello everyone!!!

Like Idol, I’m making my debut tonight. I took a sabbatical leave for the summer. Now I’m back in fit form. Can’t wait to see how the judges do tonight. Not sure if I like the 4th judge, as I didn’t like it the year they had the 4th. But, i will get over it now like I did then.

Nana

January 16th, 2013
6:51 pm

Hello Everyone!!!!

Just like idol, I’m making my debut here tonight. Took a sabbatical leave for the summber, but now am back in full swing. Hope all of you had a great summer and ready to diss the judges and contestants. I can’t wait to see how they interact amongst themselves.

Mercedes S.

January 16th, 2013
6:52 pm

Nana – the REAL Nana?

Sam-A, at 2:22, you forgot “amazing”…

Mercedes S.

January 16th, 2013
6:52 pm

Nana – the REAL Nana?

Sam-A, at 2:22, you forgot “amazing”…

Nana

January 16th, 2013
6:53 pm

Sorry I posted twice. Thought my first didn’t post, so I redone it. Again, sorry for the duplication.

Nana

January 16th, 2013
7:04 pm

Yep Mercedes, it’s the real me!!!!

Deirdre

January 16th, 2013
7:07 pm

Rodney has opened a new thread for the show tonight

JTesla

January 16th, 2013
7:09 pm