MANILA, Philippines - ‘American Idol’ is set to undergo drastic changes in its coming 13th season, most notably with the management's decision to let go of all 4 season 12 judges, The Wrap reports.
Judges Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and veteran “Idol” judge Randy Jackson will not be coming back for the show’s 13th season. Long-time producer Nigel Lythgoe has also reportedly been dropped from the production.
"All 4 are gone...They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back," reported an insider for The Wrap.
This elimination leaves host Ryan Seacrest as the show's only remaining original cast member.
Rumors recently circulated regarding Mariah Carey’s dismissal from the show due to Jennifer Lopez’s supposed return as an “Idol” judge.
Similarly, Randy Jackson, who had been part of the panel since the show’s beginning, recently announced his resignation, wishing to focus on his personal plans.
Is 'American Idol' dead?
America’s pioneer reality singing competition has reportedly been on the rocks, caused by dwindling ratings and a shrinking fan base.
This complete overhaul, aimed at revitalizing the show’s wilting rankings, involves redesigning the whole format and look, including the traditional tribute nights.
The trademark audition episodes will, however, be retained.
Rankings have continuously dropped a significant 22% since the previous season, and the series hit its lowest last Thursday May 9 (May 10 MNL), with only a 2.4 rating for 11 million viewers.
According to the report, the show’s collapse may be greatly attributed to the success of competition, particularly in the form of NBC’s “The Voice.”
“The Voice” recently beat all other small screen shows in terms of rankings for the 18-49 demographic and earned a nomination for Outstanding Reality Competition in the Emmys, an award previously held by “Idol.” - Rappler.com