“You know a talent show is bad when people talk about the judges and not the contestants,” my father quipped when a news anchor reported a breaking update in the Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey feud. His assertion about the new season of popular FOX singing competition, “American Idol,” was spot on, and the proof is in the ratings. The show returned on Wednesday with its least-watched and lowest-rated premiere ever.

For months, the machine behind “American Idol” allegedly force fed news about tension between two of its most popular judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Many saw the narrative as a desperate attempt to drum up interest and increase ratings. A video showing the two embroiled in a nasty cat fight hit the Internet followed by a series of press appearances in which tempers flared and accusations were made on both sides.

But, alas all the alleged instigating on the part of the producers was to no avail. The premiere of “American Idol” delivered 17.9 million viewers, down 19 percent from last year’s opener which previously held the title for lowest-rated premiere.

Many attribute the dip in ratings to the manufactured drama, saying they would rather see talented contestants with potential for superstardom than catty bickering between judges. But I’d argue that the allure of “American Idol” waned long before. I became disillusioned with the show after I realized most top “Idol” winners have a slim chance of becoming a success by music industry standards.

What are your thoughts, Clutchettes and Gents? Will you tune into “American Idol” this season?

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  • I’ve never watched American Idol or any of the other shows like it. Just not my thing. Not to mention that its the same crap year after year and now there are a bajillion other shows like it. Of course the viewership is going to continue to dwindle.

  • It is so so so so so so annoying to watch. It should be called “The Nicki Minaj Show.” Poor Mariah.

  • Tina

    Simon was American Idol. The show is trash without him.

  • Gloria

    Nicki Minaj is ruining American Idol. She thinks it is all about her.

  • Marisa

    I think also people maybe over the whole talent show reality contests, hopefully the fake housewives/non athletic wives/Bad Girls for No reason phase will be over soon enough too. Also who wants to tune in every week to watch these two broads bash each other while both getting paid tens of millions. At least when Simon and Paula used to go at it the shade was subtle and somewhat entertaining.

    Also we have been hearing about this feud since TMZ released the video months ago, which has been dissected by both casual observers and by the Butterfly Queen and the Pink Barbie stans. For me I was over it before it began lol, and with all these singing stunt judge castings its been more about them than the contestants. Lastly am I the only who remembers Nicki and Mariah doing a song and video together so all of a sudden they cant co-exist on a judging panel whatever.