The past week has seen its share of good-byes.
Fans of “Lost” and “24″ bid tearful farewells to their beloved series. Even “10 Things I Hate about You” got a bit of love when it exited the scene after only one season…from whomever watched it.
And there’s always a void after the season finales air — that hole in your schedule that used to be filled.
Monday nights, for example. Now that “Dancing with the Stars” has crowned Nicole and Derek the mirror ball champions, and “Castle” has wrapped for the season, my evening is wide open. I don’t even have any DVR to catch up on the next day now that “How I Met Your Mother” and “Big Bang Theory” have concluded their runs.
And tonight, “American Idol” announces its winner, and at the same time, sends Simon Cowell off into the great beyond.
But, let’s get real. Simon leaving IS the end of “American Idol.” It’s time for the producers to admit it…the fans to accept it…and really, for everyone to be happy the ride is over.
This last season was pretty lame. If you watched the finals last night, they were more a whimper than a blaze of glory. Lee and Crystal are both talented, but how would they have fared in last year’s final? Would you have considered them differently in a group with an Adam Lambert or a David Cook?
I think so.
The contestants this year are a reflection, I believe, of Simon’s lack of commitment to the process. He stepped out months ago, and let Kara and the rest of the judges drive the process.
When he steps out for good, look out. “American Idol” becomes “American Mediocrity.”