Donny Osmond thinks American Idol season 10 is unimproved…

Hey there…

It’s Wednesday, which means we’re due for the next installment of singers both fair and horrible on American Idol Season 10 with Randy, J.Lo, and Steven Tyler. And as I talked about last week, I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t hate the new judge format like I thought I would.

That said, the changes have not come without a few critical remarks from others… I just saw this press release today:

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The Longtime Entertainer Comments On His Disappointment Of American Idol‘s Tenth Season Premiere On His Nationally Syndicated Radio Show

Donny Osmond dished his thoughts about the new and, according to Osmond, ‘unimproved’ American Idol on his nationally syndicated radio show, The Donny Osmond Show, after the January 20 Season 10 premiere on Fox.

Here’s what the notable entertainer had to say: “It’s Donny Osmond and Season 10 of American Idol kicked off last night. Lots of pressure for the show, and a lot to prove. OK, look, let me say this, AI first and foremost is a television program. It is not reality. It is packaged for entertainment.”

Osmond continues, “Now, the first rule of entertainment is there has to be some kind of conflict. Conflict is what makes it interesting. I’m sorry, but without Simon Cowell, there is no conflict. With Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, you have three white hats and no villain. It just doesn’t work! There were lots of “I’m sorries” and “you are so sweet” and “I really like you”…no way. Simon Cowell is sorely missed, and if last night was any indication, Season 10 will be the final season of AI. That’s just my opinion, and I know that if I was at the judge’s table I would find it hard to reject people…but I’m not. Yes, it’s great to have two genuine superstars and an industry veteran at the table, but, there is no bad guy. There is no spark. There is no conflict. It’s been fun, American Idol, but it’s time to say ‘see ya!”

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The Donny Osmond Show (McVay Syndication) is heard on more than 100 radio stations in North America, Australia and the UK. www.donny.com

And here’s the thing. I certainly see Donny’s point. As he says, there has to be some conflict for something to be truly entertaining. But in my opinion, the conflict doesn’t have to be harsh. Why can’t they continue to let down potential contestants kindly on Idol and let the fans offer their $0.02 online and the pundits on other shows? The bashing doesn’t have to stop – I just guess that it will move to other venues.

Quite honestly, I can’t believe that they’ve shoved as many folks through to Hollywood as they have already. Some of them have been whiny, no-talent hacks with unrealistic expectations. A few have been quite talented and yet humble at the same time – those are the ones I root for.

I think the conflict will come in Hollywood. There will be a huge reckoning and 95% of everybody who goes will end up being cut as they are compared against each other and not simply auditioning for the judges. That will be an interesting weeding out process.

But so far I can’t say I miss Simon’s smug mug at all.

How do you feel the season is going so far? Any opinions on the judges or the auditions? Curious minds want to know!

–Fitz

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