Last year, "American Idol" Season 12 ended pretty much the way it began: in tears. It ickily kicked off with a tabloid-fueled Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj feud that alienated much of the show's conservative fanbase, and it wrapped months later with an astounding 20 percent ratings drop.
Then there was the failed-to-launch single and multiple album-release delays for winner Candice Glover; runner-up Kree Harrison's unprecedented inability to secure her own record deal; sluggish ticket sales and canceled dates for the "American Idol Live!" concert tour; the demotion of original judge Randy Jackson; and the departures of Nicki, Mariah, Fox reality exec Mike Darnell, and executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick.
So now, as "Idol" returns for a hopefully less unlucky 13th season, Fox's powers-that-be would no doubt like to erase all traces of Season 12. You know how "Dallas" once wrote off an entire season as Pam's year-long bad dream? Well, I wouldn't be surprised if "Idol"Read More »from 10 Ways ‘American Idol’ Is Trying to Win You Back