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Fox admits 'Idol' has lacked engaging contestants

Fox admits too much attention has been put on 'Idol' judges, show needs more engaging singers

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 20, 2014 at 2:50 p.m.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — “American Idol” needs to find contestants the audience cares about.

That’s a criticism Fox’s chairman and CEO, Peter Rice, admitted to journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

“We haven’t found in the last two years a group of kids who’ve captured the imagination of the public,” he said.

Rice went on to say that “American Idol,” launching its 14th season next year, is “aging gracefully.”

He said too much attention has been placed on “this constant conversation about who should be judges.”

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will return to the panel for season 14.

Rice acknowledged the obvious — there are a number of shows like “Idol” on the air these days. He still believes “‘Idol’ has a very committed fan base.”

This year’s season finale of “American Idol” was its lowest rated yet.

Online:

http://www.americanidol.com/




 Yes campaign and No campaign posters stand outside a polling place in Edinburgh, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.  Polls have opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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