It would seem as if poor old, 12-year-old, American Idol just can’t seem to get out of
its own way this season. For example, Thursday night. In what coulda, shoulda,
woulda been an emotional departure for co-favorite Angie Miller … well, it all
turned into Angie becoming Miss Irrelavent.

Randy Jackson announced earlier in the day that after his trio of 4-year terms he
would not be returning to the show in the fall. Yo Dawg got out before axe fell
on his Alpo.

Rumors continued to swirl as far as the status of the other judges – Keith Urban,
Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. And word was that Carey will most definitely not
make another encore unless she does it on a concert tour.

Urban and Minaj? They, too, are gone unless the Idol wizards can’t locate anyone fully
capable of replacing them.

Themed weeks are out. And that’s a no-brainer because half of the kids never heard of much of the Beatles body of work and they certainly had a difficult time recalling
the words or even reading them off a screen in front of them.

Nigel Lythgoe, one of the top execs on the show, is rumored to be going. Don’t know
the gentleman, but he comes off as a bit of a know-it-all. Maybe that’s his
problem – he just doesn’t “know it all.”

And the biggest rumor of them all. IF “The X Factor” is cancelled and IF Mr. Cowell is looking for employment and IF the other two agree to it then down the road a ways there is the possibility of reuniting the original judges’ panel of Simon Cowell, Randy
Jackson and Paula Abdul.

And all the while there stands poor Angie, bawling her eyes out and forever placing No. 3 in Season 12. Simply a footnote in Idol history.

We have Kree Harrison and Candice Glover left. Candice won this lost season long ago. It’s a slam-dunk. But then so were Crystal Bowersox, Adam Lambert and David Archuleta.