'American Idol' Needs Contestants the Audience Cares About, Fox Admits

Fox Chairman addresses show's ratings slip.

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Fox Chairman and CEO Peter Rice has been speaking to journalists about the issues facing "American Idol," Billboard reports.

Addressing an assembled crowd at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Sunday (July 20th), Rice stated that the show was struggling in the ratings because its contestants were not interesting enough:

"We haven't found in the last two years a group of kids who've captured the imagination of the public."

He also stated that the show, which launches its 14th season next year, is "aging gracefully" although there has been too much attention placed on "this constant conversation about who should be judges." While he acknowledged that Idol was facing competition from many similar show formats these days, he noted that the programme still has a "very committed fan base."

There has been speculation about Idol's future after declining ratings. The finale for the show's 13th season was the lowest rated season ender yet.

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    They've FINALLY got their first competent judge in Harry Connick Jr., just keep him and fire the other judges and you can focus on the contestants. Seriously. This clip.
    I don't know if that made any sense, but I just hate these shows
    American idol and Americas got talent sucks...The Voice is okay. They actually get talented people in there
    The problem is that it's been around so long that a whole generation of kids have come up thinking that's how to get big in the music industry. So a lot of the contestants sound like people trying to emulate earlier winners at karaoke night. That's boring; if we wanted to listen to someone who sounded like Carrie Underwood, we'd listen to Carrie Underwood. Meanwhile, people who are more original are actively turned off of the show, so it's in kind of a spiral.
    You know what kids should do? Go to a thrift shop or buy an instrument somewhere, learn how to play it then jam with some friends, start a band and have fun and make it big that way. Because American Idol and the Voice is rigged to whoever supports the show's agenda. There are other ways to make it big