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American Idol: Was Season Ten Better Or Worse Without Simon Cowell?

May 31, 2011 08:57 AM by Lisa Princ

Season ten of American Idol on FOX came to a close last week and despite all the speculation that the show would tank without Simon Cowell, it did not. New judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez seemed to please a lot of viewers with their critique alongside veteran Randy Jackson. So now it’s time for you to sound off and let us know what you think! Read on for more..

Season ten of American Idol on Fox was an exciting one, and some of the best talent we have seen in years on the show, complete with a full out Country themed finale naming Scotty McCreery the winner with Lauren Alaina right behind him. Both of these young Country crooners will probably have a promising career as they are already working their way up the charts! But the real story this season was the new judging panel which included Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, as well as mentor Jimmy Iovine.

A lot of folks thought the show would fail without Simon Cowell and did not respond well to the new judges, but many folks thought the lighter, gentler side of the judges was a refreshing change. In the ratings, the overall season was down compared to last season, but no where as low as critics thought it would go, and the finale had more viewers and higher ratings than last season’s battle with Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox.

As for the new judges, while I did miss Simon Cowell, I personally enjoyed them this season. I think while Steven was funny he definitely seemed to lean towards the ladies more than the guys. Jennifer definitely brought her expertise and I hope that we will see her return next season. I also enjoyed watching Jimmy Iovine mentor the contestants and Randy was right on most of the season as he normally is.

Now we do know that both Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler are inked for another season, it is yet to be released whether or not Jennifer Lopez or Ryan Seacrest will be back next season, but rest assured as soon as we get the official word, we will pass it along to our faithful readers. Time for your thoughts! What did you think of this season’s new panel of judges? Did you enjoy or loathe them? We want to hear your thoughts!

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3 Responses to “American Idol: Was Season Ten Better Or Worse Without Simon Cowell?”

  1. Ric Harina Says:
    May 31st, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I enjoyed watching American Idol especially when it comes to the final 13. Although I picked correctly the final winner Scotty, I still hope that the Judges will have some say on the eliminations not just saving contestants in the bottom 3 but say 30% of their judging votes 70% of the American votes to be formulated that will determine the final outcome of the contestant to be eliminated and eventually the winner.
    This method will give a better contestant not being eliminated immediately because he/she has smaller fan base or coming from a smaller state.
    I also believe that judges will feel better like Simon Cowell because their expert opinions were considered in the eliminations and eventually choosing the final winner.

  2. Lee Says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Jimmy Iovine was good. He seems to know his stuff and overall helped the contestants. Ryan Seacrest was as good as always. I didn’t care for the judging, but I don’t think it was their fault. I blame the producers–particularly Nigel. He said in an interview that he wanted the new judging to be “kinder” because there was no way any of them could compete with the likes of Simon Cowell. That was dumb. So, Nigel, just because you can’t find any judges to compete with Simon, you’re just going to throw in the towel and hire judges who are more interested in selling their products than offering constructive criticism to ALL of the contestants?! This was the main problem of AI this season and if it wasn’t for Haley Reinhart, I would’ve deleted it from my DVR.

  3. kenneth ng Says:
    June 9th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    i stopped watching the show


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