has always been able to attract a massive number of viewers to tune in to its’ annual season finales. So what is it exactly that caused this year’s recently concluded American Idol’s significant ratings slip?
Host Ryan Seacrest has an idea.
The 32 year-old radio and television personality told Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper on Friday that all fingers should point to American Idol
judge Simon Cowell. “Clearly there's an over saturation of his character."
Despite placing the blame on Cowell, Seacrest later added that he believes that the success of the reality competition is in part due to his relationship with Cowell and the other two judges of the show, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
This year’s finale welcomed a number of music celebrities on stage, including Kelly Clarkson
, Gwen Stefani, Smokey Robinson, Doug E. Fresh, Gladys Knight, Tony Bennett, BeBe and Cece Winans, Joe Perry, Carrie Underwood
, Green Day, Taylor Hicks
, Ruben Studdard
and Bette Midler.
Despite the big musical acts, the finale failed to beat its previous high ratings (the fifth season finale took in 36.3 million viewers), having suffered a 19 percent drop. It did, however, outrank its competition from the other networks.
Although the show may have faltered ratings-wise, it still made another aspiring singer’s dreams come true. Votes sent in for 17-year-old Jordin Sparks
reached a record-breaking total of 74 million, making her the sixth winner of American Idol.
Sparks, who beat out 11 other American Idol
hopefuls, including favorites like beat-boxer Blake Lewis
and former back-up singer Melinda Dolittle
, expressed her great delight to reporters during the conference call that followed the finale.
"I was excited to get my drivers' license, but I was way more excited to do American Idol
. I talked about it all the time," she explained. "Making it through the first round of the auditions... It amazed me because I didn't think I had a chance because so many people auditioned. When I made the Top 12 I was like, 'Whoa! I have a one in 12 chance of winning this thing.' I mean because it's better than the one in 16,000 (when I auditioned)... Your chances improve as you keep going through the competition... It turned out pretty well.”
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Photo Courtesy of Fox)