At the height of American Idol’s ratings heyday, the televised talent show responsible for launching myriad opportunities, from Jennifer Hudson’s acting career and subsequent Weight Watchers deal to Clay Aiken’s political career, scooped up a coveted 30 million viewers — a triumph that has yet to be duplicated. This season’s final episodes, however, garnered only 6.6 to 10.1 million viewers, leading critics to let out a collective womp-womp and signaling the end of one of the most popular shows in reality-TV history. Whether we are in an oversaturation phase, with every major network airing some version of a talent show, or we have forgotten the joy gleaned from hearing a snarky judge’s comments tear down a doe-eyed talent-show newbie, it might be time to revisit AI’s glory. Let’s start with this Saturday’s American Idol Live! tour at the Au-Rene Theater (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Though you’ll have to wait for Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr.’s input during season 14 this fall, season 13 participants such as Alex Preston, Jena Irene, C.J. Harris, and winner Caleb Johnson have hit the road — this time in smaller venues than years past and for the first time without a live band, according to the Hollywood Reporter.Tickets cost $50 to $90. Visit browardcenter.org.
Sat., July 19, 2014
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