“Thursday night’s farewell episode of ‘American Idol’ was poorly produced, at times slack in pace, and subject to simply bizarre decisions as to staging and song choice,” Daniel D’Addario writes in his review of the finale in Time magazine. He adds: “It was, in short, ‘American Idol,’ and even those who tuned into the juggernaut show after years away found something they knew they were going to miss.”
D’Addario notes that in recent seasons the show has suffered from its emphasis on the judges’ celebrity over its talent show component, with the finale exposing the huge gap between the series’ two superstar winners — Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood — and the rest of the ‘Idol’ alumni.
D’Addario suggests that it’s indeed time to put the show to rest, even though, he writes: “Surely no one believes that in this era of ’24’ and ‘Prison Break’ revivals at Fox, ‘Idol’ won’t be back within, say, five years.”
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