Would you watch President Barack Obama sing again on television? “American Idol” bets you will. Producer Nigel Lythgoe says he was so impressed with the president’s rendition of Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together” that he suggested the two perform a duet on the “Idol” stage.
Lythgoe extended his invitation on Twitter:
“@BarackObama we loved your vocal performance so much we’d love to invite you on to #AmericanIdol this Season for a duet with Al Green.”
Although Lythogoe may be smitten with Obama’s singing chops—as was the rest of the country—this may prove another plug to drive ratings.
“Idol” ratings have taken a dive this season, seeing its all-time lowest numbers in the past few weeks with a 17 per cent drop in total viewership.
This is no surprise given the popularity of copycat shows “The Voice” and “The X Factor” as well as a series of hosts joining and leaving the cast (Ellen DeGeneres, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lopez).
Despite the show gaining celebrity buzz by having Jim Carrey‘s daughter on board or premiering Madonna‘s new music video for “Give Me All Your Luvin‘”—which she’ll be performing for the first time during the Super Bowl—none of these efforts have helped much in the ratings.
Last night’s episode gained a rating of 5.9 down 9 per cent from last week’s 6.5. This marks a 34 per cent dip from one year ago when the show averaged a 9 (18-49) rating with 25 million viewers.
So far, Obama’s viral video has garnered 4.9 million clicks—plenty of eyeballs Fox would love to gain.
Obama’s party has yet to respond back to Lythgoe’s suggestion.
If all else fails, he could always reach out to Mitt Romney.
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