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Is American Idol’s Drop In Ratings Just Show Fatigue, A Diluted Genre, Or Miscast Judges?

It’s almost laughable to call a show a ratings loser when it wins its timeslot. But analysts can’t help but notice the big drop in the ratings of the once unstoppable American Idol. Is the show simply running its course, is the genre too diluted, or could the emphasis on the judges be to blame?

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american-idol-season-12-judges-confirmedIt’s almost laughable to call a show a ratings loser when it wins its timeslot. But analysts can’t help but notice the big drop in the ratings of the once unstoppable American Idol. Is the show simply running its course, is the genre too diluted, or could the emphasis on the judges be to blame?

Again, to be clear, it’s unfair to say the show is completely ‘tanking’ as one Boston columnist. It’s Wednesday night viewership, just over 14 million people,  is mightily winning its timeslot. Modern Family was next at just shy of 11 million. And yet – folks behind the scenes are still devastated by the drop compared to years past. Winning the night is a victory, but it also happened to be the lowest Wednesday demo rating since 2002. And last week, Idol was actually beaten out by CBS Comedies.

It’s not a stretch to say that the pool of Talent shows are starting to blend together. Somewhere in Hollywood there is a set designer trying to make a judges table look uniquely different than the last one they designed. The Voice has those spinning chairs, nice touch. America’s Got Talent has the fancy X’s to milk for all they’re worth. X Factor, well, that might have had a cool pencil holder. I’m not sure.

Idol’s new judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban haven’t seemed to generate the excitement they had hoped for. Early in the series’ life, judge banter and bickering was seemingly innocent and cute. When Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul (whom Fox has reportedly considered trying to bring back next year for a big showstopping final season) seemed to genuinely like each other, their commentary on the singers was peppered with minor snipes, but it still kept the focus squarely on honoring the best performances. With Minaj and Carey, it seems the focus is suddenly one of petty disagreements for the sake of ego.

And yet, it may be unfair to blame the judges alone. The genre itself needs to be shaken up. Rip up the show rundown yuo’ve used for the past twelve years (yes, its been that long)  and shake it up a little. Try something different. Change the structure. Lose the ridiculously bad ‘how did they get in here they’re so awful’ character auditions, and leave us wondering what unexpected twist could come this week.

Or, accept that until less attention is paid to circus act judging panels and phoning in the ‘same show different day’ structure, the numbers will continue to slide.

 

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The Pentagon Has Released Official UFO Videos Because 2020 Is The Absolute Worst

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Aren’t swarms of locusts supposed to be the next installment of this plague?!

Can we finally declare 2020 as the worst year ever? In January there were fears of a third World War. In February the coronavirus began its rapid spread. In March the world essentially shut down due to social distancing and quarantining. And now in April…with only two days left in the month…we have official government footage of unidentified flying objects. I’m sorry but Milton Bradley’s game of “Life” never prepared me for any of this!

The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of three videos that have been circulating the web but didn’t really answer what is visible in them. In the videos, now declassified by the Department of Defense, navy pilots capture “unidentified aerial phenomena” aka unidentified flying objects aka UFOs! Pentagon officials were sure to state that the videos do not show “any sensitive capabilities or systems,” meaning we probably won’t be seeing any little green men any time soon.

The first video dates back to November 2004 and the other two from January 2015. Of the Pentagon’s confirmation of authenticity, Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said the videos were released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”

So great. We now know that these strange videos are real but what exactly are we looking at? Well, the Department of Defense says it has no concrete answer as to what might be floating around the skies and has classified the phenomena as “unidentified.” And…just like that I suddenly feel less defended.

Social media is having a field day with this revelation of course. The #AliensAreReal has been trending high on Twitter since the news broke. One user referenced Independence Day and said the aliens are “getting ready for July 4th.” Of the bad timing, another wrote “Et tu aliens?” And finally one user couldn’t help avoid sarcasm and wrote”Where’s the space force when you need it?”

Well 2020, you have worked your awful black magic once again. What’s next, cat videos get banned from the internet?! You’ve taken everything else from us!

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Priest Accidentally Forgets To Turn Off Filters Before Live Streaming Mass

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The internet is having a field day with the innocent mistake of biblical proportions.

With new social distancing guidelines, many churches have closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And while that doesn’t justify all the wine you’ve been chugging during your self quarantine, it does have many people practicing their faith from their homes. One Italian priest was just trying to recite a little prayer for his followers when he accidentally left a filter feature on during the broadcast! In the clip the priest is digitally adorned with a space helmet, workout gear, a fedora and sunglasses and more.

Social media went nuts for the video, which has now gone viral. One comment reads “He just doubled his holy power.” Another reads “Father, Son and Holy Influencer.” One commenter couldn’t resist a good pun and said the video is having a “Mass effect.”

Enjoy your daily blessing and take a look at the funny video below!

 

Priest in Italy live streams mass, activates filters by mistake from r/funny

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Danny DeVito Passionately Urges New Yorkers To Stay Home…And Twitter Agrees!

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For the love of Danny DeVito, stay home!

The world is in a dark place right now and I am not sure how much more bad news we can handle. That’s why when I saw Danny DeVito’s name trending on Twitter I froze. Our great nation could very well crumble if anything bad was to happen to such an icon right now. With extreme trepidation I clicked on the social media link and was relieved to see that good ol’ Danny boy is just strumming up hype because he is passionately urging New Yorkers to stay home.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been driving New Yorkers to stay home and has taken every precaution short of shutting the state down completely to help prevent the virus from spreading. Because New Yorkers can be hard headed, it doesn’t hurt to have some famous friends reiterate your message. Big names like Lala Anthony, Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller have all made appearances on Cuomo’s social media pleading with New Yorker’s to heed the governors warning. Only one celebrity was able to make it to Twitter’s trending page however and that was none other than Danny DeVito. DeVito’s message is simple…stay home! In the two minute video, DeVito reminds fans that it’s not just up to the elderly to isolate themselves. “Young people can get it and they can transmit it to old people and the next thing you know – I’m out of there” says the actor. We must save him!

Twitter went into a frenzy with many users agreeing that we need to stay home for Danny. One user wrote “When Danny speaks, I listen.” Another passionately wrote “If you idiots kill Danny DeVito I SWEAR TO GOD.” One promoted DeVito from the icon status I previously awarded him and said “WE GOTTA PROTECT WORLD TREASURE DANNY DeVITO.” 

Take a look at the video below and for the love of the newly minted national treasure, stay home!

 

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