Despite all efforts to thwart the inevitable, more and more signs point to the end of American Idol’s long and (mostly) successful run. The number of viewers and ratings were at an all-time low this season. This year’s winner, Candice Glover, had the worst first week of sales of any past Idol winner. Many of the shows for the American Idol Live! summer tour have been canceled due to low ticket sales. And now word is out that audition numbers are down. A grim prospect, indeed.
While no one has sung for judges yet (we don’t even know who they will be at this point!), the cattle call auditions in which hopefuls sing for producers have been done in Salt Lake City and San Francisco. Both cities have reported shockingly low numbers.
According to a source on MJ's Big Blog, the number of hopefuls inside San Fran's AT&T park was estimated at around 1,000. The last time Idol went to San Francisco in 2008, approximately 7,000 singers showed up.
“Based on the numbers alone, their chances of making a solid impression in this early audition session appeared to be much better than in years past," wrote The Mercury News. "The last time Idol made a stop in the Bay Area — for Season 10 — long lines snaked around the ballpark and beyond.”
In fact, the article notes that “several long rows of metal barricades set up in anticipation of a massive turnout were all for naught.”
We do know the powers that be behind American Idol are making every effort to get the show back to the ratings juggernaut it once was, including replacing the production team. What we don’t know is whether the changes will be enough to breathe new life into a show people seem to be rejecting.
What do you think — can American Idol make a comeback?
Source: MJs Big Blog; The Mercury News