By Kelsea Stahler, Hollywood.com Staff
When summer ended, the seasons skipped a beat and went straight onto winter for fans of American Idol. The show we came to love over 11 seasons was swathed in bitterness, changed by the catty fight between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey and stoked by the words of one Steven Tyler.
In both cases, Minaj was the one escalating the situation, taking to Twitter to disparage her fellow Idol judge and make claims that Tyler was "racist." Now, the powers that be at Idol are doing a little damage control, making sure fans know that while there may be fireworks outside of the show, when it comes time to hit the television, Idol is still all about the contestants.
"No one's ever going to touch American Idol. No one's going to come close," says Minaj as a soundtrack of twinkly, hopeful music drifts through the background. She's here to help "mold that journey" and "give people who wouldn't normally have that chance a dream." It's a whole new Nicki, and worlds apart from her angry ranting fit after Tyler claimed she wouldn't know a talent like Bob Dylan if he was standing in front of her.
And while these stories of fights and bickering have been gobbled up in the media like holiday candy, they bring a strange tone to the original singing competition in a landscape filled with relatively strong competitors like The Voice (who will face off against Idol with its own new set of celebrity judges in January) and The X Factor. Idol has long been the show that focuses on the voices on stage, with the outspoken judges there to add one thing: a side show.
Minaj's constant conflicts have become worrisome, but with this promo, it's clear that Fox is at least committed to selling us the hopeful message we've always sought from Idol.
Of course, we'll have to wait until January to see if Minaj can keep it in check and make good on this promise.
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[Photo Credit: Wenn]
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