Sunday, July 15, 2012

Celine Dion Judging 'American Idol'? I Pray It Never Happens

With Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler wisely jumping off the sinking ship that is American Idol, three names continue to dominate the A-list of potential judges: Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Mary J. Blige.

God, I hope Celine knows better... First of all, her presence on a show that is more tarnished than the Statue of Liberty is not going to give her career a boost. She continues to sell out her Casear's Palace residency week after week in Las Vegas, while she has both an English-language and French album coming out before year end. Idol, who the hell needs you?

Hanging out with cliched, tired Randy Jackson is no day in the park, either. It's ironic that he remains the only among the original judges on the show... with the least to say, little in the way of constructive advice and nothing but a handful of catch phrases that wore out their welcome five years ago. No wonder Lopez and Tyler couldn't wait to hand in their rezzzzzzzzignations. Lopez announced her departure on Friday, a day after Tyler said he was leaving to concentrate on his role as Aerosmith's front man. Both appeared for two seasons.

Ratings are consistently tanking on the ole grand dame known as American Idol, and it's high time the show hangs up its hat for good... In May, it posted its lowest rated finale ever after a season that marked its poorest showing yet among viewers 18-49.

And the show is hardly generating stars among its victors anymore, thanks, in part, to consistently putting country dudes in the winner's circle... There's a reason that Carly Rae Jepsen has the No. 1 song in the nation: Female pop artists dominate, and that's what Idol should have been fostering (a la Katharine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson)... instead of four dopey dudes the past four years running.

Celine... please. Don't do it. *