‘American Idol’ Producers Set to Fire judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson: Report

I guess y’all have heard about the constant bickering that goes on with Nicki and Mariah? Well, if you did not know now you do. The two divas have been a pain in the a… sorry…neck from the moment they clapped eyes on each other. However, that is not the reason they are all being sent away…

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Fox reality singing competition’s ratings have been 25% lower than last year and a far cry from the show’s prime with Simon Cowell.


	Don’t get used to them! Reports are circulating thta ‘American Idol’ judge (from l.) Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are all on their way out.

Don’t get used to them! Reports are circulating thta ‘American Idol’ judge (from l.) Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are all on their way out.

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Maybe the theme of “American Idol” next week should be “Eve of Destruction.”

The still-popular, but stumbling Fox icon is about to vote off all four of its judges and its executive producer, according to a report Thursday in The Wrap.

The Wrap quotes an “insider” as saying Fox plans to start the show from scratch next time around, after a year of bad reviews and worse ratings.

That would mean not picking up the options of judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and veteran Randy Jackson, who has been there since the beginning.

The Wrap also says executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, another show veteran, may not be returning.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, center, poses with judges, from left, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson before the 14th season of the reality singing competition kicked off - and became the lowest rated season in the history of the show.

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American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, center, poses with judges, from left, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson before the 14th season of the reality singing competition kicked off – and became the lowest rated season in the history of the show.

Only host Ryan Seacrest seems not to be reported on his way out.

Fox declined to comment on the report, and representatives for the judges could not immediately be reached. But there has been speculation for some time that the show plans radical changes for next year and they start at the table with the Coca-Cola cups.

Idol” has dropped almost 25% in the ratings from last year, when the ratings were the lowest in show history. It has also lost much of its traditional buzz, even as it builds toward the coronation of the winner next week.

Like its competitors, Fox’s “X Factor” and NBC’s “The Voice,” “Idol” bet millions on big-name celebrity judges.

Nothing to smile about: ‘Idol’ has dropped nearly 25% in the ratings from last season, which was the previous low.

Nothing to smile about: ‘Idol’ has dropped nearly 25% in the ratings from last season, which was the previous low.

Critics warned that this could take focus away from the competitors, and there are signs that the show creators may now agree.

Simon Cowell of “X Factor” reportedly called a meeting of his team in the last few days to say that he wants judges with “chemistry,” not pop-culture fame.

“Idol” has the additional problem of its audience growing older. Its average viewer was 48 last year, compared to 34 when the show started.

“Idol” now draws a much lower share of 18- to 49-year-old viewers than “The Voice.”

Still, Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly has repeatedly pointed out that even if it has declined from its peak, “Idol” is still a huge money-maker for the network.

Kantar Media says it drew $836 million in ad revenue last year, soaring well above almost everything else on television.

Reilly said in January that while “Idol” is “a mature show,” and most mature shows gradually lose viewers, he sees “many years” of success ahead.

 

Culled from http://www.nydailynews.com

 

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