Swerve! ‘American Idol’ Reboot Shelved…For Now

Published: Saturday 1st Apr 2017 by Sam

It was just days ago that news hit the wire that ‘American Idol’ was being readied for a reboot.

Well, as is the case in showbiz, things change – and fast.

Because, according to a new report, politics behind the scenes means the show may very well lay to rest longterm.

Full story below…

According to TMZ, the drama isn’t directly to do with the two networks vying for the prize (FOX and NBC). But is at the same time.

Confusing, we know.

It’s the production companies involved.

See, ‘Idol is jointly owned by Freemantle Media and Core. And while that may not mean much on the surface, follows us.

FOX, who originally aired the show for 15 seasons, naturally wanted back in; after all they only ever put ‘Idol out to pasture due to the extravagant costs attached to its judging panel. For the new reincarnation, the plan was to not end up in such predicament. Put simply, no more outlandish spending.

For NBC, the appeal would be that ‘Idol would instantly solve the over-saturating issue of having two cycles of ‘The Voice’ airing yearly. There was also to be some kind synchronisation with the network’s other flagship series ‘America’s Got Talent.’

Yet, the latter is where the issue allegedly came in.

Freemantle also owns ‘America’s Got Talent’ and were, per the report, putting pressure on Core to go with NBC’s offer because of that.

On Core’s end, they allegedly felt – beyond there being a conflict of interest – the plan in place was designed to ultimately prop up AGT as the centre-piece of the talent-show field. A move that risked diminishing the historic value of ‘Idol comparatively.

The end result? A freeze; one which makes the likelihood of an ‘American Idol’ return…well…unlikely.


Narratives like this really drive home the “business” side of “show business.”

Interestingly, this whole episode has played out during the same week ABC revealed they are tossing their wig back into the singing show arena. Their new series ‘Boy Band’ arrives this summer.

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  1. .LISA LEVINE April 1, 2017

    The thought of JENNIFER HOPEZ being a “VOCAL” mentor when she has the WORST set of vocal cords alive. BAD BAD business.

    • Danny Bey April 1, 2017

      To be fair, none of the original judges could sing a lick either

  2. CUPCAKKE #1 STAN April 1, 2017

    we wAnt a CupcakKe new album article she is the best new rapper out right now and she inspires me to never make anyone shame me for being h()e. Her lyrics “under the table giving head while he eatin cornflakes cuz my job aint done if that n*gga still awake” motivates me in life. please post her

    • Tokyo Vanity fan (formerly new) April 1, 2017

      I love Cupcakke. Unfortunately for this site, female rap is not actually covered aside from a small few. They haven’t posted the cypher that Tokyo Vanity did with four other amazing females ( Briki Fa President killed the cypher)

  3. Brent Christopher April 1, 2017

    The fact that the series has been SHELVED, regardless of all of the reasoning, is cause enough to CELEBRATE! The showcase hasnt churned out a bonafide star in well over 10 years, so the purpose of its platform died long looooong ago.

  4. JD April 1, 2017

    Talk about riding a dead horse!

  5. DanYiel Iman April 1, 2017

    PRAISE GOD are “The Voice ” winners making albums?🤷🏽‍♂️

  6. Musika April 1, 2017

    Most of these singing shows are watched by 40-50 something year old white women at home who only vote for white males. Next!

  7. Weezy Tha Goat April 1, 2017

    Shelve it PERMANENTLY

  8. 2bad2bme April 2, 2017

    The real purpose for these singing competition shows is for the artists hosting to promote themselves and their projects. They don’t really want the best for the singers competing because if they do well in the industry, they will become their competition as well.

    • MusicLife April 2, 2017

      I guess you have never heard of mentoring and or paying it forward to a new crop of people within any field huh.

  9. Jam Tuesday those dayz April 3, 2017


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