'American Idol' Taps Swedish 'Idol' Producer as New Executive Producer
What an odd choice. Swedish Idol was cancelled for 2012 because TV4 had X-Factor and The Voice, but Swedish Idol is coming back in 2013 because X-Factor has been cancelled after 1 season.
That does not seem to jive with this "blockbuster" reference:
Trish Kinane, the executive producer of "American Idol" for FremantleMedia North America, said that Blankens will bring "the talent and energy needed to keep 'American Idol' strong." "Per is a creative and experienced executive who has been the show runner on the blockbuster 'Swedish Idol' for more than 5 seasons," Kinane said. "He is extremely passionate about 'Idol' and I'm very excited about his ideas and vision for keeping 'Idol' creatively vibrant. He brings the talent and energy needed to keep 'American Idol' strong."
I really hope he is brilliant but I am getting very skeptical that American Idol will remain competitive vs. be used as a cash-cow, that is, reduce expenses as low as possible and let it decline in the ratings. He appears to be an Idol traditionalist to me.
Swedish Idol had the same structure and types of themes as American Idol. And also incorporated "innovations" like 4 judges and letting contestants use instruments. The only innovative thing I can find is that they have let viewers pick songs in the later rounds of the competition.
Here are some of the themes from 2011 -- the last year aired:
Week 3: "From Sweden to superstar" Amanda Fondell - Jolene ( Dolly Parton ) Emil Elton - Cry Me a River ( Justin Timberlake ) Linni Barresjö - Angels ( Robbie Williams ) Molly Pettersson Hammar - Only Girl in the World ( Rihanna ) André Zuniga-Asplund - Tiny Dancer ( Elton John ) Amanda Persson - Heroes ( David Bowie ) Robin Stjernberg - Halo ( Beyoncé ) Olle Hammar - Beat It ( Michael Jackson ) Moa Lignell - Superstition ( Stevie Wonder )
Week 4: Big Band (I think this is a translation problem) Molly Pettersson Hammar - Natural Woman ( Aretha Franklin ) Linni Barresjö - Dark Lady ( Cher ) Robin Stjernberg - When a Man Loves a Woman ( Percy Sledge ) André Zuniga-Asplund - Oh, Carol ( Neil Sedaka ) Moa Lignell - Dream a Little Dream of Me ( Mamas and the Papas ) Olle Hammar - Back to Black ( Amy Winehouse ) Amanda Fondell - I've Got a Woman ( Ray Charles ) Amanda Persson - Fever ( Peggy Lee )
Week 5 (studio finals): My audition Olle Hammar - Feeling Good ( Michael Bublé ) Amanda Fondell - My Man ( Miss Li ) André Zuniga-Asplund - Here I Come / With you ( Barrington Levy / Oscar Linnros ) Amanda Persson - Keep On Walking ( Salem Al Fakir ) Robin Stjernberg - Who You Are ( Jessie J ) Molly Pettersson Hammar - White Light Moment ( Tove Strength ) Moa Lignell - When I Held Ya (Moa Lignell)
Week 6: Motown Amanda Persson - I'm Coming Out ( Diana Ross ) André Zuniga-Asplund - My Girl ( The Temptations ) Moa Lignell - You Can not Hurry Love ( The Supremes ) Amanda Fondell - Please Mr.. Postman ( The Marvelettes ) Robin Stjernberg - Reach Out, I'll Be There ( The Four Tops ) Molly Pettersson Hammar - Nowhere To Run ( Martha and the Vandellas )
Week 7: My breakthrough
Round 1 Robin Stjernberg - Bohemian Rapsody ( Queen ) Amanda Fondell - Piece of My Heart ( Janis Joplin ) Molly Pettersson Hammar - Mama Knows Best ( Jessie J ) Amanda Persson - Since U Been Gone ( Kelly Clarkson ) Moa Lignell - Go Your Own Way ( Fleetwood Mac )
Round 2 Robin Stjernberg - Pride ( U2 ) Amanda Fondell - (I Can not Get No) Satisfaction ( The Rolling Stones ) Molly Pettersson Hammar - Listen ( Beyonce ) Amanda Persson - No One ( Alicia Keys ) Moa Lignell - Fields Of Gold ( Sting )
Hollywood Reporter @idol_Worship Nigel Lythgoe Speaks Out on 'American Idol' Firing: 'I Am Truly Saddened' j.mp/1boYuu1
“If the executives that are now in charge believe ratings will improve with my departure, I have no complaints,” says the executive producer.
Just two days after confirming that he had been fired as executive producer ofAmerican Idol, Nigel Lythgoeis focusing on the positives.
While the television veteran says he's “truly saddened to be leaving a great team of friends and colleagues," he adds, "If the executives that are now in charge of American Idol believe that the ratings will improve with my departure, I have no complaints. ... It has been a great ride and I've loved every moment of it.”
You do not have to shout but if you want to chat....
melliemom: I think Adam is getting into his rock mode,maybe for Album 3 pop rock??.. reminded me of George Michael...IRISH I love seeing you here..
Nov 30, 2013 22:54:34 GMT -5
blueberry: One more DOI Youtube for those who are interested : The show starter with Sauli, Nea, Arttu, Eve & Marigold Ice Unity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYn6rwlLC44&feature=youtu.be
Dec 1, 2013 1:36:34 GMT -5
dancygeorgia: Who won DOI, or is it not yet decided?
Dec 1, 2013 4:49:42 GMT -5
QueeenAl: Sauli and Nea won!!!! YAY
Dec 1, 2013 5:17:03 GMT -5
irish1139: There are 40 tickets on Stub Hub for Biloxi if anyone is interested.
Dec 6, 2013 11:21:48 GMT -5
belle: Plan (charity) Gala just started, all DOI contestants will be skating (to live music), many musical performances - it was taped last wednesday and it might be the last we see of Sauli's skating on tv.
Dec 7, 2013 12:36:28 GMT -5
belle: Great performance of Finnish national team boys! No S&N yet. What routine will they do, I wonder. Knowing that Jenni Vartiainen will be performing it's likely to be 'Minä ja hän' (Me and him), the beautiful tear-jerker...
Dec 7, 2013 13:42:30 GMT -5
belle: Yes!!! That was it, beautifully done again - big applauds from the audience. S&N also in the insert after their number. Sauli said it's important that both boys and girls get equal opportunity to go to school and Nea challenged all skaters to donate.
Dec 7, 2013 13:49:53 GMT -5
belle: Sauli got no intro for his number unlike Arttu now. >> Sauli has to appear again at the end, maybe the Burlesque number?
Dec 7, 2013 13:55:28 GMT -5
vivlite: Thanks for telling us about the Gala, Belle! You should have an endorsement as a PR rep for Sauli..yes you should! Happy SaNe skated to 'Me and Him'..loved that performance.
Dec 7, 2013 14:14:35 GMT -5
vivlite: Burlesque would be super..that was a number full of energy and attitude.
Dec 7, 2013 14:15:07 GMT -5
belle: No, they finish with a pro pair and Jenni singing. Well, the fundraising is the main goal tonight. At the beginning there were 1300 school packages (books and pencils etc) and now its almost 11 000. Great!
Dec 7, 2013 14:24:28 GMT -5
belle: Oh yes, I forgot, the Gala will be re-aired on Christmas Eve > there's one more possibility to see the performances on tv. However, that's the big celebration time for us and many families have a date with Santa.
Dec 7, 2013 14:33:22 GMT -5
butterfly: This is OT, but how on earth you know how to quote multiple replies, (e.g. talon). I can quote only one at a time.
Dec 7, 2013 15:53:54 GMT -5