‘Idol’ judges offend fans and contestants

By Jillian Smith
February 8, 2007


“That was absolutely dreadful” is a phrase commonly moaned by Simon Cowell, one of the three judges on Fox’s hit TV show America Idol when a contestant sings off-key. However, many critics and fans are beginning to say the same thing about the judges’ attitudes.

According to americanidol.com, on Jan. 16, American Idol’s sixth season premiere was the “highest rated primetime telecast of the 06/07season on any network with 57.6 million viewers” tuning into watch the premiere.

American Idol, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, debuted in 2002 and has been either inflating or deflating contestants’ dreams of singing ever since. Now in its sixth season, it has broken records on TV show ratings.

American Idol’s judges consist of the three judges, the Lakers’ girl turned pop-star, Paula Abdul, the music producer, Randy Jackson, and the one most known for his outbursts, Simon Cowell. Will they love the contestant or will they rip into him until he walks away sobbing?

“The judges are going to be rude because they know that’s what the audience wants to hear,” Angela Savasta, a sophomore English and communication major, said.

“After two seasons, the [terrible people] made the show. It’s all about ratings. Everything is about sex, drugs, murder or humiliation,” Matt Rowe, a freshman elementary education major, said. He goes on to explain that American Idol has turned into a “freak show that people sign-up for.”

Although Cowell has always been portrayed as the mean one, the other judges are also starting to truly speak their minds instead of the encouraging words “keep practicing, you’ll do better next time,” with a fake smile. Now, the judges are laughing in the faces of contestants with no regard for the contestant’s feelings.

According to nytimes.com, “When one contestant said, ‘I really sound like Brian McKnight,’ Paula choked on her water and nearly sprayed it all over the table.”

Rowe agrees, stating that the judges “shouldn’t be laughing at their faces. The contestants are so crushed and they feel their dreams have been completely smashed.”

People who make fools of themselves for TV get the ratings that the network needs. As long as there are people out there willing to make a fool of themselves and get ridiculed for it, viewers will continue to tune and watch.

“The show wants good ratings so of course they’re going to show more bad singers than good singers,” Savasta said.

Viewers can catch American Idol every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on Fox with the judges and Seacrest moving the show right along. And, as he always does, in the words of the host, “Seacrest Out.”

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