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Time to shift out of ‘Idol’?

Am I the only one who thinks "American Idol" has outstayed its welcome?

Once upon a time, we couldn't get enough "American Idol." We wanted more. It was a treat! Now it's seems that we are being force fed a version of it that was prepared by some inexperienced cook who filled in for the house chef.

We hated Simon Cowell didn't we? But you gotta admit we loved him at the same time. He made the show.

Although Cowell was very hard on a lot of the contestants, he did say a lot of things that needed to be said. The guy added a certain element to the show that made you want to keep coming back.

Paula Abdul was too nice and Randy Jackson...well, he was the guy in the middle. You know the one who could go with either side, didn't really wanna rock the boat, glad to be a black guy making that kind of money.

Now Simon is off doing "X-Factor" on NBC. And now that he's gone, "American Idol" is on life support. Could he have decided to jump off of a sinking ship?

The show started with Simon, Paula and Randy. Abdul left in 2009 and was replaced by Kara DioGuardi. Cowell left in 2010 and DeoGuardi followed suit. Ellen Degeneres came, then Ellen Degeneres left.

Then along comes Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. But then after one season, they both leave as well. Is it just me or does it seem as if no one wants the job? The latest addition is Mariah Carey, who will be making about $18 million for the season she will be on. But who knows how many she will do?

Now, I'm no rocket scientist, but if Mariah Carey is gonna be paid this kind of money, JLo and Steven Tyler had to have been making a boatload of cash as well. Why would they walk away from that kind of gig? I mean Randy is still there, right? Ok, maybe he is not a good example. However, there is still the third slot open and they can't seem to find the right person to fill it. What's wrong with this picture?

I say make this season the biggest and most exciting season of them all and then cancel the show immediately after the next American Idol is chosen. That way the show can die with some dignity and respect.

Here's what's happening:

Rickey Smiley at the Orpheum

Funnyman Rickey Smiley is coming back to Memphis and he is bringing all of his personalities with him – you know, Bernice Jenkins and Lil Daryl and others.

Smiley has earned a reputation for delivering audience-pleasing performances onstage or off through his stand-up routines, television appearances and his top-rated syndicated morning show. He will be at the Orpheum on Sept. 7 at 7:30. Get your tickets at the Orpheum Box office and through all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com.

Bartlett Comedy Spot

Don't forget to catch J.J. Williamson at the Bartlett Comedy Spot this Friday and Saturday night (Aug. 3-4). Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night. Admission is $15.

Next week, funny man Red Grant will be in the house. The Bartlett Comedy spot is located at 5709 Raleigh LaGrange. Call 901-590-3620 for more information. Support a local business and get your laugh on at the same time.

Parting shots

Well, I'm getting geared up for the What's Happening Myron Book Club meeting coming up on Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. We have a new location, the all-new Evergreen Grill, located at 1545 Overton Park. We will be wrapping up the "Fifty Shades Trilogy" and moving on to a new book. You should join us!

And, happy birthday to my good friend, Kenyarda Jackson! See ya Saturday Night!

Until then, that's what's happening.

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