Ratings and buzz undeniably slipped in season 9; we've got some sure-fire suggestions to help get 'em back
REBOOT THE JUDGES' PANEL, BUT (GULP!) KEEP KARA
After nine seasons, Randy still hasn't learned the fine art of giving succinct, honest, witty feedback to contestants. Ellen, meanwhile, seems to have lost interest in giving any feedback whatsoever (aside from calling everything ''great!''). Idol's producers should give 'em both the hook, and replace them with folks who'll inspire formerly annoying Kara to further raise her game, not drag her into a pit of mealy-mouthed ineloquence. As Project Runway has proven, a judges' table can sustain more than one tough, opinionated panelist.
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