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An anonymous ex-contestant of American Idol has written a piece about what he (or she) believes could help pull Idol back in to the mix after these alarming numbers so far this season.

THR posted the piece, but doesn’t mention who the contestant is. The anonymous idol made it far enough to have more than a couple of critiques from Simon.

The ex-contestant gives many suggestions, one of which is that the show needs to return to being mean, a la the Simon Cowell days:

Mean sells, which is why Cowell remains among the most popular figures on television. And there’s also that mentality of “us versus them”; how dare some British bloke go on television and be nasty to our young dreamers? Idol is quintessential American television, and as Americans, we like to fight a common enemy, so maybe it’s just a matter of the show finding another mean Brit?

Why do you think Idol has lost 50% of its viewers since 2005?

  • http://www.facebook.com/louieschuth Louie Schuth

    It’s no longer fresh. People are used to it and the bottom half of the fans (the ones who watched but likely weren’t emotionally invested in it) stopped watching. There would have to be some dramatic changes to get even half of those people back.

  • Kimmee

    It got boring. People need new things to keep them entertained and Idol it boring now. Its the same result every time people win and get a record contract and they don’t do that well afterwards (with an exception of a couple).

    I got bored of it. Its annoying now to be fair I think. I think it is overplayed and overused, the idea of it 

  • http://dervish-banges.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    American Idol means nothing anymore. It did when Kelly Clarkson won, but even after that it’s slowly downgraded when the winners never truly succeeded in the main stream industry. It used to be that American Idol was synonomous with Kelly Clarkson/fantastic vocals and a great competition. Now it’s synonymous with mediocre auditions and an overrated musical talent show. 

    We’re sick of hearing the words that have grown to mean nothing, and that’s why I believe people have stopped watching.

  • Jnthn44

    i agree with this. i couldn’t even make it past the second episode of auditions this season bc it was so boring. and with the last few sad excuses for winners, it wouldn’t surprise me if everyone has just given up on the show

  • http://twitter.com/Tarah94 Tarah

    I watched American Idol every single season until this season. So much went down hill, I don’t know where to begin. When it was the original 3 judges, it was good. Then it just went down hill with the constant removal and addition of judges. Not only that, but I hated that it was becoming more of a beauty pageant than a talent competition. Adam Lambert’s loss ticked me off, a lot. Then of course, the many awkward-looking people with great voices that didn’t go far at all, hence Brett Loewenstern, Casey Abrams, James Durbin, etc, etc. etc. The audience became little girls who voted for the cute guys. Not intelligent people who voted for the talented people. 

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