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‘Idol’ crowns a winner

May 23, 2012

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Is the two-hour “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox) finale a very big deal, or an instantly forgettable bore? There are arguments for both conclusions.

Any program that ranks as the most watched on American television and attracts more than 90 million participating “voters” who decide the show’s top two finalists has to be seen as a significant force in entertainment. At the same time, “Idol” viewership is down some 25 percent from last season.

We may not yet know the winner’s name, but it is all but certain that Fox’s attempt to duplicate the show’s dominance with “X-Factor” hurt “Idol” and added to an overall sense of talent contest fatigue.

I’ve heard baseball referred to as islands of activity in a sea of statistics. “Idol” finales have fleeting seconds of drama buried beneath a landfill of hoopla that not even a performance by Rihanna can redeem. Perhaps Jennifer Lopez can sing the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” to address concerns about her possible departure.

Following an “Idol” tradition, the all-but anointed Joshua Ledet was voted off last week. In weeks past, Randy Jackson and Lopez had praised him to the skies, comparing him favorably to any “Idol” talent. And right after his departure, “Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe tweeted that his favorite had been eliminated.

Now that Ledet has gone the way of Jennifer Hudson, the talent competition — or popularity contest — comes down to Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips. May the best second-best talent win!

• Also wrapping up its season tonight is “Modern Family” (8 p.m., ABC). This may not be as dramatic as “Glee,” but we do learn where Haley is headed after high school, and how the un-girly Alex enjoys her first prom experience. Elsewhere on the parenting front, Mitch and Cam’s attempt to adopt a sibling for Lily requires some assistance from Gloria, leaving the hapless Jay and Manny in the baby-sitting lurch.

Tonight’s other finales

• One Heck of a wedding plan on “The Middle” (7 p.m., ABC).

• Feeling accepted, June finds Chloe’s pace exhausting on “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23” (8:30 p.m., ABC). Now that was a short season.

• An underage escort expires at a bachelor party on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (9 p.m., NBC).

• A sudden shock sends several schemes off the rails on “Revenge” (9 p.m., ABC).

Tonight’s other highlights

• It’s not even Memorial Day yet and the Travel Channel has cut ahead in line to show “Top 5: Killer Coasters” (7 p.m.).

Comments

Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

Phil Phillips is a good musician.

Of course TV viewers decide who stays and who wins. Simple as that.

Jessica Sanchez a 16 year old strong singer is also bound to the recording industry... speculation tells me.

My guess is that Joshua Ledet is headed for a recording career.

This show opens doors of success for more than just the designated winner as history has documented.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

Is that Idol claptrap still on? People actually watch it? I'm shocked I tell you, shocked.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

I like the wide variety of music that comes with this show. The "professional rock stars" that perform and advise is incredible. With a professional recording adviser on hand to offer up viewpoints perhaps helps these upcoming musicians.

The music across the board is the top feature.

Lady Ga Ga is quite impressive as a writer,choreographer and adviser... she was awesome. I was not a fan until bearing witness to the depth which she offers.

I see redeeming value in this production:

  1. Some long term friendships can develop among contestants

  2. It promotes the arts instead of violence

  3. It promotes the arts as economic growth

  4. Some contestants come back with good bands as the show helps promotes their success.

  5. The talent which prevails shows monster potential

  6. The fact that contestants do not need to win the number one to gain a recording contract demonstrates equal opportunity no matter what.

Bottom line: It's the music.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

So You Think You Can Dance is produced by some of the same names also offers up opportunity for so many. Bring it on. The opportunity does not come easy.

All is not lost when shows supporting the arts exist.

The less violence on TV the better.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

Bottom line on Idol: it's pap to distract the easily distracted. Looks like it is working just as planned.

bad_dog 2 years, 7 months ago

One could make similar observations regarding your merrill "fetish".

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