‘American Idol’ notes: ratings and Adam Lambert’s new music video

The video is also now here.

This special edition of “American Idol” alumni notes is missing the world “alumni” in the title, and for one primary reason — only one of the stories we’re talking about this time features a former contestant.

Nonetheless, the story’s a big one — Adam Lambert’s full music video for “Better Than I Know Myself” has hit the internet. We were actually a bit off base with our original theory about the video’s theme, which we thought was some sort of two-way mirror with someone looking in. In actuality, the video is presenting a dichromatic look at Adam’s soul — from the darkness that is within him to the light that shines through — and is even illuminated brighter by the person Adam is singing to in the song.

From a thematic standpoint, there’s really no debate that this is Adam’s finest music video to date, and stylistically it also fits the bill. While there are less in the way of big costumes and frills, there is more when it comes to introspection and vulnerability — and in this day and age where overconfidence is ripe and the word “swag” is thrown around like a football, we’re happy to see that someone is still willing to showcase their flaws.

We won’t spend too much time going over some of the tiny details with a fine-tooth comb, but you can watch the video below and share your thoughts in the poll at the bottom of this article.

“Idol” ratings are in … and it’s still bad

During the past few seasons of “Idol,” we have at least had a few singers at this point in time that people want to keep watching for — such as an Adam or a Lauren Alaina or David Cook. Unfortunately, we don’t really have much of that this season save for maybe a Phillip Phillips or Lauren Gray — and the new ratings are reflecting that.

“Idol” drew over 17 million viewers and a 5.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic, but for the third straight week “The Big Bang Theory” actually delivered better overall numbers during its 30-minute timeslot. While the lackluster talent pool has played a role this season, you also have to cast some of the blame in the direction of “The X Factor,” “The Voice,” and every other talent competition that has caused everyone to start yawning at the thought of more singers on TV. “Idol” feels less like an event now, and more like a necessity for good workplace conversation.

Speaking of “The Voice”…

We’ll wrap this article by bringing up some rather interesting comments made by show coach Adam Levine on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” about Randy Jackson suggesting that “The Voice” is mostly a “second chance” show designed for people who have already had a shot at a recording deal in the past.

We’ll let you check out the full reaction below, but the fact that Levine actually says “shame on you” to a grown man should give you an idea of how upset he is about the comment. This is also not the first time this week Randy has been blasted, as he was also ripped recently by stage legend Betty Buckley for his dismissive attitude about Broadway singers on the show.

At this point, it’s hard to have any sympathy for a man in Jackson who is grown seemingly disinterested in bringing anything new to the show, and his laid-back attitude works far less successfully when there is no “harsh judge” a la Simon Cowell.

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