|by Jennifer AlLee|
When it comes to reality TV, I enjoy shows where people have some kind of talent. (This is why I never, ever watch The Bachelor.) I've watched American Idol since mid-way through the first season, back when the hosts were Seacrest and Dunkleman. (Okay... fess up if you have to Google "Brian Dunkleman".) While Ryan Seacrest and the basic format of the show have stayed the same, the judges have changed, and keep on changing.
Both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez recently announced that they are leaving the show after two years. This saddens me because I thought they brought a nice energy to the show. Even Randy Jackson seemed a little peppier with those two around. (By the way, it's rumored that Randy might also be stepping down as a judge and moving to mentor status. Stay tuned for further developments...)
Personally, I don't think any of those are good choices. Frankly, when it comes down to it, the judges don't really make a lot of difference in the competition once the public starts voting. The main roles of the judges are to (A) narrow the field down to the top 20, and (B) provide feedback to the contestants and entertainment to the audience. So, keeping that in mind and assuming there will need to be three new judges next season, here's who I would like to see:
Why? Because Dolly knows music. She's been in the business forever and she's worked with everybody. She's been on the show before as a mentor and did a bang up job. Best of all, the lady has a way with a phrase. Dolly can find new ways to tell people they don't sing well that no one's heard before.
Not only does the music producer know what he's talking about, he's entertaining. Jimmy's been great acting as a mentor and commentator the last two years. I say it's time to put him behind the big table!
Russell could read the directions for changing smoke detector batteries and make me laugh. Yes I know, we had Ellen on the show, largely for comic relief, and it didn't go well. But that's because she was afraid of hurting people's feelings. I don't think that would be an issue for Russell. He's going to say whatever comes to mind, and for the most part, it will sound nice and friendly because of his English accent.
There you go... that's my dream panel. How about you? Who would you like to see as a judge?
JENNIFER ALLEE believes the most important thing a woman can do is find her identity in God – a theme that carries throughout her novels. A professional writer for over twenty years, she's done extensive freelance work for Concordia Publishing House, including skits, Bible activity pages, and over 100 contributions to their popular My Devotions series. Her novels include The Love of His Brother (Five Star, 11/07), The Pastor’s Wife (Abingdon Press, 2/10), The Mother Road (Abingdon Press, 4/12) and the upcoming A Wild Goose Chase Christmas (Abingdon Press, 11/12). She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Christian Authors Network, and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.