J. Atsu Amegashie
Another week, another American Idol ratings victory. The smash-hit televised singing competition continues to steamroll the prime-time competition in its twelfth season. In its first season without acerbic, charismatic host and record executive Simon Cowell, the show now features a panel of “experts”—including musicians like Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler—judging amateur musicians for the chance to win a record deal. After the initial few rounds, though, viewers, not the expert judges, pick who advances, voting via text message, telephone and the Internet.