The new season of popular singing competition American Idol premieres on Fox Wednesday 1/18/12 and Thursday 1/19/12. It will be interesting to see how their ratings compare with Simon Cowell’s X Factor debut. I know Simon will be watching the numbers closely because he hates to lose.
Many had written the show off last year, when Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul bailed and were replaced. But last season Idol received some of their highest ratings, with the new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez joining Randy Jackson.
The announcement of Steven’s engagement and Jennifer’s divorce from Marc Anthony, will likely cause curious viewers to tune it. Timing for this good and bad news could not be better for Idol producers and should help increase fan support, at least for the season opener.
Now that Idol has a true competitor on the same network, I would not be surprised if this season they either see a huge surge or huge decline. It could probably go either way…more people will watch because they are timed so closely to the end of X Factor or less because they are burned out on singing competition’s. Not sure how it will go, but I will definitely tune in. Although I miss Paula and Simon, their replacements work well for me and should be more refined in their second season.
What’s your favorite show? American Idol or X Factor? I will have to watch and compare notes to make a decision. One thing that’s clear, I am not a fan of “The Voice” on NBC.