How to fix American Idol?
It may seem odd to talk about reviving what is still the top non-sports program on television, but even the executives at Fox acknowledge that Idol is in need of fixing. How do you renew interest in a tiring format? Here are some suggestions.
1. Get rid of the endless qualifying rounds. A couple of blooper shows showcasing the most deluded auditioners will do.
2. Drop the theme nights and the annual barrage of oldies. The aging of your audience is directly related to your reliance on antique music. Try Top 40. Bonus: You'd get better performances if the kids were singing songs they actually know.