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Audience loses big in American Idol square off between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013 18:01

American Idol

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In this Jan. 8, 2013 photo, from left, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj from "American Idol" attend the Fox Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel, in Pasadena, Calif.

This season of American Idol opened to big drama between new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, bringing to the show to an all-time low in ratings and in credibility among viewers.

Entertainment Weekly reported Idol opened its eleventh season as the lowest-rated and least-watched regular season premiere in the show's eleven year history.

However, ratings aren't the only loss suffered because of the on-screen drama. Viewers and singers on the show are the real ones who lose to the bickering between the judges. 

When the show first started, viewers fell in love with the TALENT on the show with bright personalities and amazing singing chops like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry.

With the show's new focus on the star power on the judging panel, and not on the the stage, Idol has lost it's credibility as a singing competition. All the producers are telling audiences is that it's not about the talent anymore, but about how much arguing, gossip and drama can be stirred up among the celebrity judges. Face it: American Idol has become a mockery of a true singing competition, making it easier for other shows like the X-Factor and The Voice to come out the winners.

What do you think of the newest season of American Idol? Does the drama overshadow the contestants? Leave your response in the comments.

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