American Idol Coming Back In 2015 With Same Judging Panel

Is there anyone still watching American Idol?  Has it run its course and is time to throw in the towel? 

After 13 seasons, Idol has hit an all time low number of viewers in 2014’s ratings, with only 6.6 million on the Tuesday night show-down between Rocker Caleb Johnson and powerhouse singer, Jena Irene and 10.1 million viewers tuning in on Wednesday night to see who would win the Idol crown for the season.  That’s the lowest number of viewers ever.  Back in 2006, there was a regular viewership of over 30 million. 

Fox has tried every trick in the book to boost the ratings on the ailing show.  It’s gone from having the judge you love to hate in Simon Cowell to an almost all girl panel (save for Randy Jackson, the sole hold-out who hasn’t gotten the boot or left the table until he wanted to leave) to the “Dueling Divas (Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey).  Nothing worked to bring back up the show’s ratings with the exception of having Steven Tyler’s (Aerosmith’s front man and lead singer), never know what he’s going to come out with or wear, type of appeal.  Or, perhaps it was mainly women tuning in, still trying to figure out how the aging rocker, who really isn’t all that handsome, can still have sex appeal?  Has anyone really figured that out yet? 

Many viewers tuned out of Idol and into competition singing show, “The Voice” and have stayed there.  Two singing shows in one week, taking up 4 nights out of a week, may have been just too much for viewers to handle, especially given that it’s the 18 to 49 year age group that sponsors are aiming their bows and arrows at to hook in.  

The 2015 American Idol Judges Panel remains the same.  Ryan Seacrest as host, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., will return for Season 14 in January 2015.

The 2015 American Idol Judges Panel remains the same. Ryan Seacrest as host, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., will return for Season 14 in January 2015.

Still, Idol is going on with the show in 2015 for its 14th season, hanging onto 2014’s judges panel of Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. (who does bring a mix of both Cowellesque critique style and a tad of inpromptu Ellen DeGeneres (a former one season Idol judge squirming in her seat with discomfort and poorly written jokes, style humor to the show).  Ryan Seacrest will remain as host.  What would Idol be without Seacrest? 

2014 was fairly predictable, given America’s voting being sometimes flakiness.  It was fairly apparent that Caleb was likely the front-runner and many who tuned in to the first weeks of Idol, tuned out at least mid-season, if not sooner, once they’d gotten a taste of how the season was going to go.  Curiosity soothed as to both the judging panel and the contestants’ talents, most tuned out shortly afterwards.  

2014 came down to Rocker, Caleb Johnson and Powerhouse singer, Jena Irene.  Johnson took the Idol Crown.

2014 came down to Rocker, Caleb Johnson and Powerhouse singer, Jena Irene. Johnson took the Idol Crown.

It may be that audiences have heard it all and are tired of singing competitions while becoming more intrigued with dancing.  Dancing With The Stars took the lead in ratings with some 15.6 million viewers on average.  It may also be that more people are turning off television sets and downloading or streaming non-cable/mainstream watching.  

Whatever it is that’s happening, less people seem to be watching television shows as a lot of shows have dropped in their ratings or are never given half a chance.  

Then again, we are going by the sponsor’s ratings who only count the 18 to 49 year old age group they target, as “viewers”.  

With an aging population growing in numbers, it might be that sponsors need to turn their focus away from their usual aim and up the age factor to appeal to the larger crowds of viewers.  Many who park their rears on a couch to watch the old television, old style, are the over 49ers.  The younger groups are using technology to watch more unusual shows.  

Have sponsors and networks got it all wrong?

It’s time to re-evaluate that point…at least, that’s how I’m seeing it from my little corner of life.  


MH17 Tragedy Needs Action From The World As A Whole

There are no words to express the shock and horror of the loss of 298 people’s lives in a plane crash, let alone one that was most likely caused by fighting over land that had nothing to do with those 298 innocent people who were simply passengers on Malaysian flight MH17 this week, flying to their own personal destinations, totally unaware of the evil that lurked before them.

This type of thing is what happens with greed, territory, ill-intentioned governments and peoples who have no sense of right or wrong beyond their own causes.  

It’s unclear as to who shot down Malaysian Flight MH17 yet but eventually, it will be figured out. What is clear is that no matter what side was responsible for this tragic and horrific loss of lives, there is a wrong that has been done.  

Some will call this “collateral damage”.  Others will label it as a “casualty of war” but, no matter which way it is looked upon, it was wrong.  It was evil.  

Between the March 8th disappearance of 239 people as again, innocent passengers on Malaysian Flight MH370, (who are all presumed to be dead at this point in time) and, this catastrophic loss of another 298 lives on MH17, it brings a total of 537 lives lost to evil deeds.  

Neither of the 2 plane disasters are thought to be due to plane or mechanical issues.  Both are thought to be the result of evil doings by one or many for their own, personal agendas.  Sadly, 537 innocent people have lost their lives because of the wrongs of others and their misguided, malicious, self-serving actions or lack of them.  

Terrorism needs to be stopped.  The radicals are not of the human race.  They don’t deserve to be treated as humans.  Their minds lay in the proverbial gutters of a hell that they have created and been aided by corrupt, greedy governments around the globe.  As a world of human beings, we need to rally together to put pressure on these groups, the tainted governments behind them and those who keep these types of attrocities going.  

No country, no religion, no piece of land, no amount of money, no one, has the right to impose upon others, what they want or believe by these means or tactics.  It needs to be stopped and the perpetrators punished accordingly by the rest of the world as a united front against these terrorists.  Until we do this…until we gather together as a world of human beings, more innocent people will lose their lives unnecessarily.  

At least, that’s the way that I see things from my little corner of life.  



Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford Says He’s A “Spendaphobe” Not A “Homophobe”

When Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, refused to attend Toronto’s Gay Pride Week celebrations, it was one thing.  When he sat and refused to stand up in council chambers while the rest of Toronto City Councillors gave a standing ovation to Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam for her work in organizing 2014’s Gay Pride Celebrations, it was another nail in his own foot.  However, when Ford became the sole councillor who voted against adding extra beds to a LGBT shelter this past week, it became abundantly clear that Ford has an issue with the Gay Community.

A known Conservative, Ford has demonstrated over and over that he takes special distaste in all things to do with being Gay and is, perhaps, what many have called him, “homophobic”.

Toronto City Councillor, Doug Ford, Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford's brother, comes to his brother's defense.

Toronto City Councillor, Doug Ford, Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford’s brother, comes to his brother’s defense.

Rob Ford’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, came to his brother’s defense this week as more pressure was being put upon Ford for explanations for his behaviour towards the Gay community and all issues concerning it.

“Rob Ford has decided not to go to the gay pride parade. And all of a sudden, he’s going to get up and he’s going to be applauding the gay pride parade?” he said. “It would be “hypocrisy” if the mayor stood, Coun. Ford argued.

Coun. Ford said not voting in favour of a study to see if devoting 25 per cent of space in an existing youth homeless shelter was simply that it’s not needed.

He said youth shelters are not full, thus a LGBT shelter is not necessary,” CBC News has reported.

“He’s a spendaphobic, not a homophobic,” Doug Ford said of his brother.

That doesn’t hold water, Doug.  Anyone with half a brain can see through it like a pane of glass, wiped spotlessly with glass cleaner.

Rob hangs around the Caribbean population on a regular basis.  We’ve all seen the videos of him speaking in Patois in members of the Caribbean Community’s presence and dining facilities.  He proudly attends The Caribbean Carnival festivities each year and, does all that he can to help it continue.


Rob Ford enjoys himself at  Toronto's Caribbean Carnival yearly but, refuses to attend or have anything to do with Gay Pride Celebrations.

Rob Ford enjoys himself at Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival yearly but, refuses to attend or have anything to do with Gay Pride Celebrations.

Yet, if Rob was truly a spendaphobe as you’ve termed him, he should also have issues with that three-week long celebration.

Both the Caribbean Carnival and The Gay Pride Week celebration have the backing from the city to the tune of some $500,000.00 or more each.  One is not more than the other or, at least by much.  Both bring in thousands of visitors to Toronto and put a huge cash infusion into the city’s tourism coffers.  So, how is it that Rob has an issue with spending when it comes to the Gay Community and not when it comes to the Caribbean community?  One could consider the idea that perhaps, Ford has been inflicted with simply, “Selective Spendaphobia”?  The question there then, would have to be why?  Why is spending on one thing totally acceptable but, not another?

Sadly, it’s a known fact that many Gay, Lesbian and Transgender youths and adults, have social and family issues that often create the type of tension that shoves them out of family homes and onto the streets, homeless.  Shelters specifically for the LGBT community are much-needed.  The vote wasn’t for more money from the city to fund those beds.  There was no financial backing asked for in this case.  The city simply needed to approve the expansion of beds for the facility in Toronto.  Ford was the sole hold-out.  Thankfully, it passed overwhelmingly, without Ford’s help.


It seems that both Doug and Rob Ford need good swift knocks to wake them both up. One is looking almost as bad as the other at this point and, if people in the City of Toronto have paid any attention to what has really been going on behind the lies, smoke and mirrors these two moronic brothers have put up, they will make sure neither of them have seats in Toronto City Council come October 27th of this year with their votes.  Both of the brothers have nailed themselves in their own feet.  One with his lies, addiction issues, prejudices, illegal transactions (not yet charged for but, possibly coming in the near future).  The other, has done so by defending the buffoon of a brother’s actions or lack of them.  Both are making spectacles of themselves and disgracing the entire city.

From all accounts, both brothers have attempted to make Toronto laughable to the rest of the world and need to be out on their rears where their well-to-do family can bail them out and give them both jobs in the family business.  Let the Ford Family be the brunt of both morons’ antics.

It’s coming to the point where Toronto needs to take action for the city’s own good.  The Brother’s Ford are NOT the answer.  At least, that’s the way that I am seeing things from my little corner of life.






Disgraced, Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford Aggressive And Disruptive In Rehab

Tarnished Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford has allegedly completed 2 months of rehab for substance abuse but, not without the usual controversy that he creates for himself.

The Toronto Star newspaper had interviewed Ford on his time in rehab.  Ford told reporters that he did fine and dared the paper to go ask.  They did.  What they found was nothing short of simply more of Rob Ford’s antics and lies.

All did not go well at GreenStone Rehab Centre in Muskoka, Ontario.

“[Ford] was both verbally and physically aggressive during his two-month stay at GreeneStone in Muskoka, where he reportedly disrupted other patients and was kicked out of his therapy group for preventing people from sharing their stories,” The Toronto Star reports others have said about his stint in rehab.

“Ford broke things, got into fights with other residents,” said one person, cited in the Toronto Star’s article. “Other residents felt intimidated. They felt he was bully,” said another. “He was always saying he did not belong there.”

Others, including staff, seemed to have feared that Ford was still “using” during rehab, something that might not be quite so off the mark.

However, Ford has stated the opposite of what others have reported to the newspaper.

“I now know the staff at GreeneStone saved my life. They forced me to confront my personal demons,” Ford has said to mainstream media sources.

If Ford’s “demons” were anything like those the world has seen, it’s likely they came out spitting pea-soup and causing Ford to display 360 degree head spins.

Apparently, so disruptive and aggressive, Ford was kicked out of a therapy group during his rehab.

Meanwhile, freshly out of rehab and back in Council Chambers, Ford refused to stand up in a show of appreciation while the rest of council gave a standing ovation to Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam’s work in this year’s Gay Pride Week Celebrations and Parade.

A known social conservative who is against Gay Marriage and has been heard spewing anti-gay and transgender remarks, Ford remain seated while later, Ford’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, mouthed off to other collegues regarding Integrity Commissioner Janet Leiper’s recommendation that Rob Ford apologize for incorrect statements he made about Councillor Paul Ainslie and robocalls.  Rob Ford had left council chambers citing it as a “conflict of interest” because the topic was about him and left brother Doug to come to the rescue in his brother’s defense.

Doug Ford’s defense was that others say inaccurate things about his brother then, stated that his brother wouldn’t apologize until “hell froze over”.

Speaker, Francis Nunziata threatened to throw Doug Ford out of council unless he retracted his statement to her about “not knowing whether she spoke english or not”.  Doug Ford retracted his statement.

Wait, there’s more.  Yes, in just over a week since Ford left his debacle in rehab, he was also in the midst of yet another scuffle where a shirtless protester was shoved by Ford’s “rehab coach” this past weekend.  All charges were dropped on both sides but, the stories just keep amassing and this is all in the midst of an election campaign in which Ford and his brother both hope to be re-elected back into their seats on October 27, 2014’s elections.

Much fuss has been made about the story of Ford’s rehab stunts being published by the newspaper.  However, Ford himself, gave interviews to the Toronto Sun newspaper (a conservative backed paper) and challenged the Toronto Star to “go ask” how he did at GreenStone.  They did.

When asked about remaining sober and keeping his sobriety should he be re-elected for another 4 years as mayor of one of Toronto, one of Canada’s largest cities, Ford replied that he couldn’t promise that he would.  He could promise that he’d be fitter and leaner (weight wise) but, couldn’t promise to stay sober and clean.

While many who have gone through rehab programs know that the disease means an everyday battle and sometimes, moment to moment battle that one cannot say they will win, what’s clear is that Ford’s antics were not just the result of his substance abuse.  His obnoxious, lying, in-your-face attitude is still very much there whether he’s sober or not and, whether he remains sober or falls off the wagon, as any recovering addict can tell you, it’s not a battle easily won nor, can it lend itself to promises of sobriety.  That said, what would that mean to Torontonians to have the possibility of facing another 4 years of Ford and his brother’s abrasive, attack-mode tactics and attitudes running the city especially, if Ford slipped backwards in his recovery?

It seems that in watching both Ford brothers in action, the apples don’t fall far from one another. Neither set good examples of upstanding leaders for the city and most of Ford followers, are either simply intrigued with two jerks who can get away with their ill-tempers and disgraceful behaviours (sober or not) or, they are least likely to vote, period.

Late night talk show hosts have a field day with Ford.  They love to use him as material for their opening monologues or make fun of him.  It’s great entertainment, no doubt.  Even Torontonians laugh at the jokes.  Afterall, there is no other way to deal with it except through humor.

Somehow, there’s something inside of all of us…a tiny little piece of us somewhere…that kind of wants to see Ford succeed.  In spite of the obvious fact that the man is not fit for such a huge role especially, given his own personal struggles which get in the way of an important position such as his, the fact remains that there is an underdog cheer leader in all of us.  There’s something of wonderment in just how tenacious this fumbling mess of a mayor and man can go. How far can he and his almost equally disgusting brother can push things.  Can they win?  Will they win?

Most Torontonians hope both brothers will be out on their behinds but, there’s this nagging mystery as to how far they can go before they’re out of the running.  Perhaps, it’s a bit of envy that neither of the two buffoons seem to care what the world thinks about them.  They’re both like the old Timex watch jingle, “they take a licking but keep on ticking”.  How many of us would have not only the tenacity to keep on going in the face of such public contempt, distaste and disgust but, the proverbial “balls” to do so?  It’s almost unbelievable that they haven’t backed down and won’t give up.  Many are shaking their heads in disbelief, wondering how much further they can go.

The latest poll puts Ford at a rather distant third, running at 22%, in the top 5 front-runners for the Mayoral Seat right now but, that’s still ahead of 2 other up-standing candidates who have clean records.  It makes one wonder whether the 22% of people polled who would vote for Ford, are all behind the man and saying that his form of public disgraceful displays are acceptable to them or, whether they are simply rooting for the underdog because they’re in amazement that he’s still kicking?

Frankly, it would behoove Toronto to have a mayor who can run the city without the threat of more negative controversy, stays sober and clean so that they can do the job properly as well as having a mayor that isn’t a three ringed circus, in and of himself.  I mean that quite literally.

It will be interesting to see what voters do on October 27th but, in the meanwhile, it’s certain that there’s a lot more Ford Stories to come.  At least, that’s the way that I see things from my little corner of life.