Fox admits 'Idol' has lacked engaging contestants

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Updated: 7/21 9:37 am

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "American Idol" needs to find contestants the audience cares about.

That's a criticism Fox's chairman and CEO, Peter Rice, admitted to journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

"We haven't found in the last two years a group of kids who've captured the imagination of the public," he said.

Rice went on to say that "American Idol," launching its 14th season next year, is "aging gracefully."

He said too much attention has been placed on "this constant conversation about who should be judges."

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will return to the panel for season 14.

Rice acknowledged the obvious — there are a number of shows like "Idol" on the air these days. He still believes "'Idol' has a very committed fan base."

This year's season finale of "American Idol" was its lowest rated yet.


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Paladin - 7/21/2014 9:47 AM
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Idol is still the premier singing competition. The others are amatuerish compared. Jena Irene should have won last year and will have a superstar career. The winner, (can't even remember his name) was a great rock cover song singer but will end up going to a tribute band at best. And what was wrong with Phillip Phillips? I hear his songs everywhere I go. The royalties alone must be making him rich.
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