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Thursday, January 20, 2011

AI’s got JLo

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Popularity for "AI" has drooped in the past few years. In fact, the May season finale last year drew in only about 23.2 million viewers, by far the lowest rate of its viewership since “idol’s” dawning. However, this is not to say that the show has already lost its huge fan base. But, the junction of fewer viewers, the talked-about exit of sharp-tongued Simon Cowell and the fiasco to acceptably restore seat of judge Paula Abdul, whose unpredictable shenanigan were utterly entertaining, definitely suggest trouble for “AI”.

With the success of its 10th season premiere of this much anticipated US singing talent show last night plus the 4, 153, 036 supporters and Likers (and still counting) on its Facebook fan page, it only goes to show that the AI charisma is still alive and kicking in the airwave, not only in the US but also to some parts of the world. Although speculation has it that this will be “Idol’s” final year, that is still yet to be found out until this season wraps up and with how the general viewing public and avid supporters alike will respond to critics made by new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

So now's the provocative question: Will JLo have enough star dominance to breathe new life into "AI"?

While JLo as to this time remains a household name, the triple threat -- quadruple if you tally her clothing line – has depleted a lot of cultural relevance since her "Love Don't Cost a Thing" days.

It wasn't always easy for Jennifer Lopez, one of the biggest multi-hyphenated stars today. At the age of 19, she had finance her own singing and dancing lessons by working in a legal office. She also had to go to many auditions and become a back-up dancer for performers like the New Kids on the Block before scoring a regular gig on the TV comedy In Living Color as part of the dancing group Fly Girls in 1990. Her perseverance earned her several movie credits, but it was her role as the slain Tejano singer in 1997’s Selena that got her noticed. Soon, JLo would star in one big flick after another such as The Cell, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan, and Shall We Dance?

Apart from her being a sought-after movie star to her controversial and most-followed whirl wind romances with famous male celebs, JLo was mostly made well-known when she released her debut album On the 6 in 1999, which spawned the huge dance hits “Waiting for Tonight” and “Let’s Get Loud.” However, her past two studio albums, "Brave" and "Como Ama una Mujer," failed to go platinum in the U.S. To this day, Jennifer has managed to lay low when she finally tied the knot with singer Marc Anthony in June 2004, and are now happy parents of Max and Emme.

At present, JLo’s business is still considered epic—with clothing lines, fragrances, a restaurant and a movie/TV production outfit to her credit.

And so with her claiming of one of the seats of “AI’s” panel of judges, comes another opportunity to once again spark the plug of her lime lights. Like Ellen DeGeneres before her, JLo has also signed on for just one season. (source: E! Online). I'm a bit positive that the excitement over Lopez, together with Tyler, will initially draw more viewers to this season, but once that dissipates so will the inflated ratings.

On a relevant context, I quote http://www.associatedcontent.com on 'Idol' Season 10:

"Will Season 10 be a return to that superstar status that the show promised to deliver when it debuted?

Producers of American Idol certainly hope so. They've jumped into Season 10 with a nearly new judges panel, new rules, new musical direction and singing parameters, and a new plan for launching new songs through Universal Music. Producers are not only hoping to keep American Idol the #1 show in the United States for the seventh consecutive year, they also are hoping to hold their own against the advent of Simon Cowell's new reality contestant show X Factor, which premieres during the Fall season."

Thus, will the new judging panel of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler suffice to make you all eyes and ears once again to "Idol"? Though Lopez is still warming up to saying her "no's" last night during her first road stop, we still have to wait and see more of what these new judges got as the new “Idol” season unfolds more this year.

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A homegrown Cagaya-anon at his best; a Cebu BPO yuppie for 4 years and is bound to explore all other possibilities. Jetro Augustus Cortez Ramao, better shortly known as Jett, is an enthusiast of many sorts. iAMjett.blogspot.com serves as his avenue to influence and be influenced; to inform and get informed. Hop in and take more notice of iAMjett's being a ..:: good hearted guy + sneakerologist + movie-philliac + has a thing for airports, runways and jet planes + loves to sleep + complicated + non conformist + misjudged and misunderstood at times + doesn't talk much, listens more + caring + sentimental + OC + independent + did i mention OC? + strong willed and persistent + irrational and disobedient at times + used to hate places that require one to dance + maybe i like smiling now...loves cheese but is anything but cheesy + goes for almost anything spicy + has a fluctuating body clock + fickle minded + sensitive + grumpy at times + considerate + practices "delaying gratification" : ::..

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