It's hard to believe that American Idol has been on the air for over 10 years. Around season eight, the American Idol judges started to change, which, in my opinion, changed the focus of the show. Sadly. It became more about the judges and less about the contestants.
Clay Aiken, the season two runner-up, recently shared his thoughts on the American Idol judges. When asked if he will return to the show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his appearance on the show that gave him his big break, Clay said, "I don't know that I would commemorate it on the show. I don't know that they did it with Justin Guarini and all those folks."
Clay added, "But Idol back in those days was about the contestants. Kelly [Clarkson] and Justin and Tamyra [Gray] and Nikki McKibbin, they were all the stars of the show. And when I was on, Ruben [Studdard] and myself and Kimberley Locke were the stars of the show."
Definitely not shy about his opinion, Clay concluded, "Now Idol is about the judges. I don't even know if they remember there are contestants anymore."'
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I couldn't agree more. I despised the addition of Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres back in the day. The obvious reason being that they were both terrible judges. And now American Idol is all like, oh, we got Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez… look over here, it's Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj hating on each other.
Speaking of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, an anonymous author with “firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of a top TV talent show” has written a tell-all book about the 10th season of the talent show. Season 10 just happens to be when Steven and Jennifer joined Randy Jackson at the American Idol judges' table… and the similarities cannot be denied.
Elimination Night is written from the perspective of Sasha, a production assistant on the hit show Project Icon. In the book, "Project Icon" (American Idol?) is a ratings giant that recently lost "Mr. Horrible" (Simon Cowell?), a mean-spirited producer and judge who left to start "The Talent Machine" (The X Factor?). Desperate for big-name replacements, Project Icon hires "Bibi Vasquez" and "Joey Lovecraft."
"Bibi" (Jennifer?) is a singer from Queens who comes with a 78-page contract full of ridiculous demands, which include "Artist’s body to be insured with $1 billion dollar policy in case of injury,“ "Crew to be forbidden to make eye contact with Artist at all times," and “Artist to be provided with chauffeur-driven limo. Limo to be a Rolls-Royce Phantom, white. Artist to select driver (male, under 25) from head/torso shots.”
"Joey" (Steven?) is a rock star who like porn stars and booze and tweets inappropriate messages and pictures to female contestants and constantly competes with "Bibi" for top billing. Rounding out the judges' table is "JD Coolz" (Randy?), who overuses his catch phrase "Booya-ka-ka!" (Dog! or In it to win it!).