While it may have not received the same sort of headlines as “American Idol” does as a show in general, there was still an important move made during this season of the hit Fox show, as Apollo Global Management purchased the show’s parent company CKx. Now that season 11 is complete, the group (which has been renamed Core Media Group) is already starting to look at what to do for the show moving forward.
According to the New York Times, the company will continue to fulfill all of the day-to-day operations held by CKx (whether it be management of the artists or tweaks in the format), but they also want to expand the brand out to such properties as a cable or web series focusing on the tour, or other programs that give you a better sense of what goes in to the show behind the scenes.
While the information above seems to be useful, what admittedly has us worried at the moment is that company head Marc Graboff says that “Idol” creator Simon Fuller is already looking to possibly tweak the voting format. Can we all agree that having five “white guy with a guitar” winners in a row is a little much? Sure, but what makes “Idol” special is that the voting is entirely in America’s hands. It needs the shocking eliminations to keep things exciting, and changing it would just make it more like “The Voice” or “The X Factor” at this point.
During the new company’s review, we do hope that they take a look at some of the more tiresome elements of the show — from audition rounds that are times plodding to the same songs being used season after season. As for the judges, don’t look to them for suggestions — Graboff claims that Fox will be behind most of this part of the process, since they need people who can bring in ratings.
At this point, what do you think needs to be changed about “Idol” — and are you in the same camp as us in that you don’t want there to be to be too much done to what has, even with the lower ratings, been a successful format?