When American Idol came on the scene the most famous person on the judges panel was Paula Abdul. Idol premiered in 2002, Abdul’s last hit (only in clubs) was in 1995. Behind the scenes hit maker Randy Jackson and an at the time un-known British music exec Simon Cowell rounded out the judges table.
American Idol was a smash hit, dominating in ratings and creating pop stars (kinda). Fast forward to 2012 where you have three singing competition shows, Idol, X-Factor, and The Voice. But now a days it’s not the talent or the music driving these ratings, it’s the judges.
The Voice just announced next season Usher (still a mega star) and Shakira will be replacing Cee-Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera.
These three shows which showcase undiscovered talent right? Seem to be competing on who can get the biggest stars to be judges.
When will they stop? Who can top who? You used to have former pop stars (See Paula Abdul) and un-known producers and execs. Now you have current stars (Usher, Nicki Minaj, Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears….the list can go on).
These shows are not about the music anymore, and that is the sad part. The drama isn’t in what singer topped the other, it’s “OMG did you see what Adam said to Christina?” or “Simon is soooo pissed at Britney Spears.” These shows are about the judges.
The interesting thing to see is how many of these shows will be on in the next 2 years.