By Monique Clarke |Staff Writer|
“American Idol” kicked off their 11th season on Jan. 22 with high expectations for the hit show this year.
Unfortunately, it did not deliver its familiar high ratings. The show’s ratings dropped for the first time on a premiere episode in the show’s long history.
Their ratings dropped 24 percent from last season’s premiere episode. Some critics suggest that for the past three years the show’s ratings were due to audiences curiosity regarding the new judges.
In 2009, Kara DioGuardi stunned fans when she became the fourth judge on the show. The audience was interested in finding out just how another judge would fit in.
Then in 2010, another curve ball was thrown when Ellen DeGeneres replaced Paula Abdul in season nine. That move brought in another set of high ratings.
Sadly, both Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres would go on to leave the show after brief stints.
The biggest shocker of them all was when Simon Cowell himself left the ninth season to work on the U.S. version of “The X Factor.”
Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez join Randy Jackson as the newest judges last season.
Back to last season’s premiere, Lopez and Tyler were a hot topic for audiences around the country, raising the ratings yet again.
Now on it’s eleventh season, judges Jackson, Tyler and Lopez are back and looking for the next superstar American Idol.
For the new season, auditions were held in St. Louis, Portland, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Charleston, Denver, Aspen, New Jersey, Galveston and Houston.
Their first stop: San Diego. Auditions were held on the USS Midway.
Viewers even saw a special contestant, actor and comedian Jim Carrey’s daughter, Jane Carrey. Carrey won her golden ticket to Hollywood by singing Bonnie Raitt hit song “Something to Talk About.” She then called her famous father with the good news.
The season’s audition episodes are still giving fans what they want: contestants to laugh at and fall in love with.
So why are ratings lower than usual?
Is it because fan’s feel like Steven Tyler shouldn’t be judging people on their singing, after he messed up on the national anthem at this year’s NFL AFC Championship?
Or has the show aged and left nothing new to freshen up 11th season?
One could conclude that it is no longer the only show that gives hopeful singers and musicians the chance to become a Hollywood star.
New shows like “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent” and “The X Factor” have given “American Idol” a tough time keeping their fans interested in a show that has been running for over a decade.
Nevertheless, “American Idol” is still one of Fox Entertainment Group’s hit shows.
Faithful “American Idol” fans will continue to tune in Wednesdays and Thursdays to see who will become the next Scotty McCreery or Kelly Clarkson.