Will Idol producers raise age limit to 30?
Some things get better with age. Try telling that to the producers of American Idol. They believe that singers over the age of 28 are over-the-hill.
But they may be changing their youth-obsessed tunes. At least a tiny bit. There is some talk of increasing the Idol age limit from 28 to 30 next year. In Season Four, the age limit was raised from 26 to 28 paving the way for a dancing silver-haired "old-timer" called Taylor Hicks.
American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe believes that raising the original age limit, "brought us some more maturity and a little more professionalism in certain areas. We're happy about that. I wouldn't mind extending it even further next year, to be honest."
Of course, I wouldn't expect the producers to turn around and raise the age limit any higher than 30. Ageism is still very much alive in Hollywood. Producers want to sell CDs to teenagers, and they don't expect teenagers to idolize anyone older than 30. It's sad, but true, that we live in a country where 25-year-old Britney Spears is already considered to be a washed-up has-been.
Some would like to see an Idol without any age limits and they've created an online petition. But I doubt Idol will go this route anytime soon -- unless there's suddenly a burgeoning market for 64-year-old inspirational singers, like Sherman Pore.