You would think that after having to put myself through a season of The Bachelor, that I would be exempt from watching shows like American Idol. While I haven’t been covering it for you the reader, I have been watching and let me tell you, it has been torture. The singers, with the exception of maybe one or two of the girls, are the worst that have ever been on the show. I don’t know if the judges have been tone deaf or if they really did pick the best of what they heard but the singers are really terrible but the bad doesn’t end there. Oh no. It’s really just the tip of the iceberg.
What has been truly bad about this season is Nicki Minaj. For some reason, American Idol producers thought it would be a good idea to bring this no talent waste of space on to the show. Perhaps they thought it would keep their younger demographic engaged in the show but I have to ask Idol producers a question. Just who do you think watches your show? Have you done no demographic research at all? If you have, you should know that 14 year old girls and 35 year old white women do not like Nicki Minaj. I’m not sure what the demographic group is that does like her but I do know that Idol’s core fan base is not in that group.
On Wednesday this week, Minaj was 20 minutes late to the show (she is making $12 million this year to be on Idol BTW). Have you ever seen that before? Not often. Most adults who are getting paid millions of dollars can get to their cushy TV job on time but not Minaj. Then she had some kind of weird critique of a song where she talked about waffles and syrup that was confusing enough to prompt Keith Urban to check her product-placed Coca Cola cup for alcohol. The cup was clearly empty so one has to wonder what caused Minaj to be late for work and if it had anything to do with her amazingly incoherent reviews of the singers that night.
Nicki Minaj has been so bad for American Idol that their ratings are in the tank. In their heyday, Idol used to draw over 30 million viewers a week. Now, just 13 million people watched the show this week. Even worse news for Idol, The Voice premieres on March 25 bringing their hotter and more popular judges to the airwaves and they have even added Usher and Shakira to their judge line-up. If Minaj is kept on Idol, look for even more viewers to jump ship come March 25.
American Idol already has bad singers and they haven’t produced a star in years. They can’t afford to let a judge like Minaj fly the show right in to a mountain. If they have any hopes of remaining relevant, they should fire Nicki Minaj.