Simon Fuller, Creator of American Idol Speaks UpMay 20th, 2009 - 11:04 pm ICT by GD
It has been eight seasons and Simon Fuller, American Idol creator is still not tired. His baby did see an overall downslide in the ratings this year, but he knows that it is still ruling the prime time slots, and the viewers’ and their evenings as it has done over the last couple of years. In an interview he opened up about why he thinks his show is still such a huge hit, and how he wants to have more interaction and connection between viewers and his artists and why any publicity is good publicity.
While saying that the most important change brought in this year was a fourth judge, Simon justified his reasons for bringing in Kara to judge the show. He said, “We looked at lots of different people in all areas of the music industry, and some people who weren’t even in the music industry. But we ended up with Kara because she really has the full package. She’s a musician and a songwriter, so she understands songs and what it takes to be a singer and perform. And she has a great understanding of the industry, and she’s very intelligent and lively and fun. So it was a relatively easy decision to go for her.”
About what excited him most in this year’s show, Fuller said, “There are two or three things that have commanded a lot of conversation. I think Kara has made a positive difference. Whether you think it’s a good idea to have her or a bad idea, you have an opinion. And the other thing is the talent this year is without question the most varied we’ve ever had. Things like the save are exciting, and even the conversation about, “Is Simon going to stay or go?” I love all that stuff.”
He quashed rumors about American Idol winding up in the near future saying, “I wouldn’t even think of it in terms of how many years because it’s more than five, and you’re probably getting into double digits and beyond. I mean, why would it not continue? It’s like, ‘When will people stop watching American football?’ I see it in that kind of context.”
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