'American Idol' goes out with a stunning upset; let's not overpraise the corpse

April 8, 2016 2:02 AM

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“American Idol,” as it stumbles off of the American stage after 15 seasons, is getting a lot of credit for a lot of cultural influence.

Count me as more of a skeptic, someone who detects in these assertions of “Idol’s” potency the well meaning overpraise common to discussion of the recently deceased.

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