‘American Idol’ Still A TV Giant, But America Isn’t Sold On Its Winners

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jan. 21, 2011

American Idol may still be a ratings juggernaut for FOX as it made its premiere on Wednesday to big, albeit down, numbers. However, all though that it is still a monster in the ratings, that isn’t excusing the latest American Idols the past few seasons from disappointing when they debuted their albums following Idol. For example, it is being speculated that one of the key reasons behind the low sales of the albums is related to the singer itself. Season 9’s winner Lee DeWyze was sold just at an unbelievable 39,000 units in the very first week itself. According to Billboard this is the lowest sales that any “American Idol” winner has earned in his or her debut album. Even the debut album of any runner-up did not score so low! Leave alone recent winner Lee DeWyze, nobody even seems to remember neither the winner of Season 7 David Cook nor Kris Allen who won the title in Season 8.

It has been a real long time since the show has come up with talents like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. As a result, it will not definitely not be surprising if the “American Idol” shows even a bigger fall in album sales when the winner releases their album. Even after the show got over both Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, they proved their talent by going on to win the prestigious Grammy Awards. However, the show of late has not been able to hunt out any such talent like these.


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