We recently touched base on how American Idol and other reality show singing competitions are basically over-glorified karaoke competitions. With American Idol being the only show to produce a superstar winner (let alone, two), the reality shows prove to be a fruitless journey for those who participate.
Fox announced the show's end this morning, stating the network will no longer run the program after its 15th season in 2016. While it may be one of Fox's most highly watched shows, American Idol is well past its prime. The last time the show produced a superstar was when country standout Carrie Underwood won in 2005. Ten years. That's how long it's been since any winner from any reality show competition has had a successful run in the music industry. The Voice season 3 winner, Cassadee Pope, is easily the most successful winner of that show, but has only hit no. 9 on the Billboard charts.
American Idol was decent at the start, but kept going down and down. It became way more about the embarrassment of competitors instead of the singing. Here's to hoping it's a start of a ripple effect and the other singing competition shows follow suit.