May 26th, 2010
02:46 PM ET
I have no problem admitting it: I can’t wait for this season’s “American Idol” to be over.
I have been underwhelmed with the show this year. (I can't even say I was "whelmed," things were that bad.) Blogging about "Idol" is usually fun for me, but this season it has just been downright painful – and I’m not alone in my assessment.
“It has been the worst, but I felt obligated to cover it this year,” groaned fellow blogger Donna Reynolds, who has written about the show since Season Two.
To that I say, "Amen, sister. "
Over and over, I kept coming back to one simple fact: with 100,000 people auditioning for this show, this is the best we could get?
The contestants seemed uninspired and uninspiring, the judges' chemistry never jelled and generally it just seemed like nobody much cared what happened this season.
At first I thought I was just suffering from the "Lambert effect” - I thought my expectations were raised after last year’s electrifying season.
Yet as the weeks went by and more and more fans starting sounding off on the Marquee blog and CNN.com, I realized that I was not alone in my “Idol” distress.
“People are not interested anymore because this year has been a joke,” wrote a commenter named Joyce. “I don't think it can get back to what it used to be.”
“The final 12 was pitiful,” offered a viewer named Kevin.
Early on I was excited about the potential of contestants like Andrew Garcia, but he appeared to implode before he ever took flight.
And while I also enjoy Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, who have made it to the Top 2, I wonder if they just seem great to me because this season was so bad.
I have to ask myself: Would Bowersox have been as awesome if she had ended up on the show in a year that had a Carrie Underwood, Fantasia or a Jennifer Hudson? (And Hudson didn't make it past the Top 7!)
Even judge Simon Cowell admitted to talk show host Oprah Winfrey that he was leaving the show because he was “bored.” I can only imagine that feeling was hastened by this season’s experience.
When Season Nine ends I believe it will be remembered more as “The Year We Lost Simon” than “The Year We Gained [Fill in the Blank] As an Artist.”
And that's pretty sad for those of us who have long loved "Idol."
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