American Idol PhenomenonThursday, March 08, 2012 By Katie McClure
American Idol has been on television since June 12, 2002. So far there have been eleven seasons; some people say they should just give it up already. The winners since season one have been: Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreery. American Idol was based on the British show "Pop Idol". Season eleven started January 18, 2012 with new and old contestants. There were 309 contestants that made it to Hollywood this season. The ratings have decreased from the first season by 24%. They are down 17% from last year. 29 million people watched season ten. Also, there were 21.9 million viewers for season eleven auditions. Before season eleven, the original three judges were Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson. Now there are Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson. From the facts given we can see that people mainly like to watch the auditions on "American Idol". This is probably because the audience is more interested in the crazy stuff people like to do and the bloopers than the actual seriousness of the show. People have different opinions of American Idol. Some think A.I. should give it up and let "The X Factor" take their place. Other people really enjoy the TV show and think that they should keep it going. In my opinion, they should give up producing the show. I believe they have had too many seasons and not enough viewers. People start to get bored with TV shows that are the same almost every time. For example, it goes auditions, Hollywood, etc. Every single season is a long process and not a lot of people enjoy it. Considering the show’s former success, it is probably going to be around for a while. Let’s just hope they can find enough contestants to keep the show going. With the decline of viewers for American Idol, it looks like it is going to fizzle out.