Knowing for the entire season that Simon Cowell was leaving Idol was a little like finding out in January that you’ve got a cavity, but you can’t get it filled until May. But unlike the cavity, Cowell’s absence is going to be tough to fill.
that is why it might be time for “Idol” to do something revolutionary. Instead of attempting to replace the judge and come back next winter, the show should think about taking a little hiatus. Here’s why: The show needs a new talent strategy.
Based on the contestants who made it to Hollywood week this year, one might conclude that there’s a dearth of fantastic singers to be had out there. But in a country of more than 300 million, that shouldn’t be the case.
“Idol” needs some time to rethink the way it’s screening contestants. Maybe it’s time to bring in YouTube submissions. What if Justin Bieber brought talent that he handpicked to the table? There’s got to be a way to change the rules and find some Susan Boyles of our own. The show should just take some time and figure out the best way to do it.
Another reason to take some extra time off is because quite simply, Simon’s seat cannot be filled. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the judges’ table this year, it’s that it was a table completely devoid of any chemistry.