With Idol‘s Jan. 18 premiere just a week away, it remains to be seen whether America is in it to win it or if we’re way too fatigued to give a damn. In a year saturated with major-network musical competition series – fall 2011 brought The X Factor and The Sing-Off; season 2 of NBC’s The Voice premieres post-Super Bowl on Feb. 5 — can Fox’s long-running behemoth inspire the same weekly devotion it always has? I say yes!
It’s been nearly eight months since American Idol winner Scotty McCreery baby-locked-them-doors and gargled his way through a victory lap in a confetti downpour. Season 10 went well. Everyone thought the ratings would go down with the loss of Simon Cowell and introduction of Jennifer Lopez and your batty uncle Steven Tyler, but the show defied expectations, winning the youth demo by far each week and gaining in total viewership for the first time since 2007. TV’s reality-singing standard didn’t falter even in the face of February’s successful debut of The Voice — a fresh, new, and much different series on a competing network. What we learned: Idol‘s not a crapshoot; it’s a fixture. We can rely on it. (At this point we rely on Ryan Seacrest for pretty much everything.) READ FULL STORY