Seeing that Kelly Clarkson has a new "greatest hits" CD out now, it got us thinking about the long-term impact of American Idol.
Clarkson was the first winner of the influential reality-competition series, in its debut season in 2002. Hard to believe American Idol has been around for a decade. And we all still look so young, way to go, everyone!
Anyway, whether you think Idol - which returns Jan. 16 on Fox and CTV - has been a force for good or a force for evil depends on how you see and hear the world.
That's where we come in, with five good things and five bad things about North America's 10-year Idol-ization.
1) It has produced some performers who have lasted. The leaders in this regard probably are Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson (all females, interestingly - wonder why that is?). But the likes of Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry have done fine for themselves, too.
'SNL' season finale full of goodbyes As Stefon would say: This Saturday Night Live had everything. Kanye West, Jennifer Garner, Anderson Cooper, a musical super group, a surprise guest appearance from Amy Poehler and what looks like the departure of not one, but three cast members. Bill ... Read more
Reporter congratulates Matthew Perry on sitcom axe In what could be one of the biggest live celebrity interview fails of all time, a Fox sports reporter congratulated Matthew Perry on the cancellation of his show “Go On” (which lasted one season) during an NHL game. The impromptu interview ... Read more