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“Idol’ finale scores record low ratings

AMERICAN IDOL: Logo 2009. CR: FOXThe beleaguered “American Idol” received another ratings blow for their season finale.

“American Idol” had its worst showing for a finale show on Thursday night, as viewers tuned in to see who the winner would be for season 12, with the battle lines drawn between Candice Glover and Kree Harrison. Glover won the show, but couldn’t help the ratings.

Read: American Idol season 11 where are they now

The singing competition saw a record low for last year’s season finale, but this year’s numbers sank to an all-time low for the music talent show. “American Idol” sank to 14.2 million, a decline of 31 percent from last year’s record low, according to ratings data made available on Friday. That’s 7 million viewers less than last year’s finale.

Last years winner Phil Phillips Photo: Randy Miramontez

Last years winner Phil Phillips
Photo: Randy Miramontez

The nightmare ratings come on the heels of Randy Jackson announcing this was his last season as a judge. Mid-season rumors had Mariah Carey out of a job and ex-judge Jennifer Lopez back in. The move never happened after lawyers from Carey’s camp got wind of the poorly timed move.

The ratings never materialized even with all the banter at the beginning of the season between Carey and fellow judge Nicki Minaj. If you recall Minaj was accused of threatening Carey and Carey was rumored to have brought on extra security to protect her and her twins from the maniacal Minaj.

Read: American Idol to replace Mariah mid-season

At one point during the season a rerun of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” embarrassingly bested ‘Idol’ in ratings.

Back in 2006 and 2007 “American Idol” brought in over 30 million viewers.

Next season may bring a whole new panel of judges as Carey and Minaj were not fan favorites. Randy Jackson has already announced that he would not be returning and rumor has it that Keith Urban may not be back.

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‘Idol’: Lopez to replace Carey mid-season


Mariah out?

Mariah out?

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the waning Fox musical competition ‘American Idol’ planned to replace musical judge Mariah Carey, bringing back fan-favorite Jennifer Lopez, but Carey’s lawyers has something to say about the move.

According to sources that spoke to THR, producers and Fox executives have been working out the details with Lopez. That was until Carey’s lawyers got wind of the change-up. Now executives are backing down, but sources say they are still courting Lopez to replace Carey, and possibly bring in a replacement for fellow judge Nicki Minaj.

Carey was supposed to be the big new judge this season on ‘Idol,’ but has failed to make any significant contributions to the show. In one episode Carey alluded to the fact that she was told she needed to provide more substance when commenting on contestant’s performances.

While Minaj is slowly growing into her role on ‘Idol’ with her brightly painted lips, her ever changing hair, and her over the top commentary, she still has some detractors. At times she’s completely entertaining and engaging and other times she comes across as distracted and bored.

As for Keith Urban’s performance on the show – #winning.

‘American Idol’ has seen it’s worse rating slide in the history of the show with their average ratings in the age category 18-49 plummeting from a 6.0 rating, at the beginning of the season, down to a dismal 4.3 for its most recent episode. The show’s first season in 2001 had 30 million viewers, compared to the poor showing of their last episode which only had a tad over 11 million.

‘Idol’s’ competition, ‘The Voice,’ is doing just fine with a 5.2 rating last week.

Adding to the embarrassing ratings for ‘idol’ is the fact that a rerun of CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ beat out ‘Idol’ in ratings last week – yes, a rerun.

In typical ‘Idol’ style Fox told THR in a statement, “This is just another ridiculous Idol judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale.”


Pandora goes to the Grammys

Pandora, Pepsi and The Recording Academy® Provide Music Fans with Inside Look at Best New Artist GRAMMY® Nominees, via Video Series and Genre Stations

Pandora, PepsiCo Inc. and The Recording Academy announced an original content video series showcasing the 54th GRAMMY Best New Artist nominees.

The video series can be found at the GRAMMY genre stations are accessible at

The Best New Artist video series includes exclusive interviews with the Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Skrillex. During the interviews, the artists discuss the evolution of their careers, share their excitement surrounding their Best New Artist nomination and describe their anticipation for the awards show.

“To commemorate the excitement for Music’s Biggest Night with the launch of a dozen GRAMMY genre stations and the first-ever Best New Artist video series is exciting,” said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer, The Recording Academy. “We were pleased to extend this innovative program to Pandora users through our partnership with Pepsi.”

The partnership also offers music fans a GRAMMY mixtape, which can be found at includes songs from nominees and newcomers in various 54th GRAMMY Awards categories.

Pandora GRAMMY genre stations (see below) have been created in conjunction with the series, designed to help music fans celebrate and capture the excitement around the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

The GRAMMY genre stations are based on official GRAMMY categories, ranging from country to comedy, and spotlight current and past GRAMMY-nominated artists. The new GRAMMY genre stations include:

GRAMMY(®) Country: featuring artists such as Lady Antebellum, Toby
Keith, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood.

GRAMMY(®) Pop and Dance: featuring artists such as Adele, Black Eyed
Peas, Coldplay, and Maroon 5.

GRAMMY(®) Rock and Alternative: featuring artists such as the Black
Keys, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

GRAMMY(®) Rap: featuring artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kanye
West, and 50 Cent.

GRAMMY(®) R&B: featuring artists such as Beyonce, Chris Brown, Jennifer
Hudson, and John Legend.

GRAMMY(®) Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music: featuring artists
such as Kirk Franklin, Brandon Heath, Mary Mary, and Matthew West.

GRAMMY(®) Latin: featuring artists such as Calle 13, Intocable, Los
Tigres Del Norte, and Wisin Y Yandel.

GRAMMY(®) Jazz: featuring artists such as Karrin Allyson, Herbie
Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and Yellowjackets.

GRAMMY(®) World and Reggae: featuring artists such as Gilberto Gil,
Femi Kuti, Ziggy Marley, and Shaggy.

GRAMMY(®) American Roots Music: featuring artists such as the Civil
Wars, Emmylou Harris, Keb’ Mo’, and Ricky Skaggs.

GRAMMY(®) Classical: featuring artists such as those from the London
Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera, Paul Ruders, and Yo-Yo

GRAMMY(®) Comedy: featuring artists such as Lewis Black, Louis C.K.,
Flight Of The Conchords, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

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