While Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene will wait to see if they will capture the 13th American Idol crown Wednesday, their judges – Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. – may steal the show during the finale, reported CMT.com
Urban, Lopez and Connick are expected to perform during Wednesday's conclusion of the music reality show, perhaps showing its young upstarts how it's done.
"The three of us have been trying to figure out a song we can do for the finale," Urban told CMT.com. "It's proved to be a bit challenging to find one song that works for all three of us 'cause we are very, very different musically ... and vocally even."
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CMT.com's Samantha Stephens wrote that the talented judges could probably sing anything they wanted to and still pull it off.
"They have carved out their individual niches," Stephens wrote. "Urban is a beloved country superstar, Lopez is the international pop phenomenon and Connick is the classic crooner I always secretly wanted to marry. … Despite their diverse backgrounds, the panel clearly possesses both a strong personal and musical chemistry, so anything is possible."
The performance – or performances – by the judges probably has a lot do with ratings as well. The New York Daily News reported
Sunday that last week "American Idol" show featuring the top three contestants drew eight million viewers, down from an average of 20 million viewers for years and 30 million for its finale.
The Daily News noted that the popularity of such reality shows seems to be waning since the cancellation this year of Simon Cowell's "X Factor" and a dip in the ratings of another singing reality fare "The Voice."
"'Idol' is not going to come back to being the ratings champion it once was," Kevin Reilly, Fox Entertainment president told the Daily News last week. "But it could be on the air for many years to come, and will be a potent time period contender and a top-rated unscripted show. A quality show that people love."
last week that "American Idol," will lose some of its 60 broadcasting hours next year for its 14th season.
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