Entertainment behind the scenes
As “American Idol” plods its way to the 2010 finale after a lackluster season and slipping ratings, the TV show’s dwindling band of fans are getting an unusual opportunity to weigh in on what’s wrong with the show, and how to fix it.
Official website www.americanidol.com has posted a detailed survey which asks fans why they are watching less often — and less enthusiastically — this year, and invites them to rate all the judges individually, as well as the entertainment value of “Idol” mentors and the show’s celebrity guest judges.
And perhaps most surprisingly, there is even a chance for fans to say how much (if at all) they miss Paula Abdul.
The survey is being conducted by an independent agency. But it suggests that “Idol” producers, or Fox, or both are thinking seriously about what hasn’t worked this year – and how they can tweak it next year.