If you’ve managed to keep up with the array of singing competitions on the air without succumbing to exhaustion, kudos. With “American Idol,” “The Voice,” “The X Factor,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Duets” and more, there’s no shortage of series vying for ratings and votes for their would-be superstars.
With revamped seasons of “The Voice” – Usher and Shakira are subbing for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera – and “Idol” underway (expect a reboot for “The X Factor” this fall following the departure of half of its judges) it prompts a question: Is changing the celebrity cast enough to revitalize these shows?
Our vote is no. But fear not, we’ve come up with some quick fixes that could make the most popular franchises – “American Idol,” “The Voice,” “The X Factor” – more enjoyable for viewers at home. And maybe even push winners toward stronger, more relevant careers once the show ends.
The real coup for contestants is having the public buy their music now, which would allow producers to tally the purchases each week and show contestants where they stand on the “chart.” Think that’s too harsh? Well, millions voted for Lee DeWyze to win “Idol” in 2010, but only 39,000 folks actually bothered to buy his album the week it was released.