Former Finalist Burnell Taylor Bashes American Idol 2014

Former American Idol finalist Burnell Taylor is just about sick of anyone and everyone who has been calling this the “best season” of the show ever. He’s so annoyed by the constant use of the phrase that he actually came out on Twitter to publicly bash American Idol 2014 and this season’s finalists.

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In a Tweet backhandedly slamming this season’s contestants, Burnell threw shade at anyone calling this the “best season” ever. As his example of why this is statement is patently untrue, Burnell posted a link to a video of the American Idol 2014 Top 9 singing during last week’s performance show.

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Burnell Taylor later deleted the Tweet, but not before it was already too late to take it back. Once you’ve posted it out there, it’s a matter of record and just deleting it isn’t going to do anything. Especially when there is this nifty thing called a ‘screenshot’ like the one from MJsBigBlog above

After stirring up a mess of outrage over his statement, with some fans calling him arrogant and full of himself, Burnell posted another follow up Tweet later.

We personally think this might be one of the best American Idol judges’ panels in the show’s long history, but we can understand Burnell’s frustration. This isn’t the “best season” of the show ever and that phrase is so overused every single season that we never want to hear it again.

However, we think Burnell took things a bit too far with his public smackdown. How can you call out people for disrespecting you, when you just disrespected nine contestants in public who are singing their hearts out just like you did?




  1. Television is about ratings. Bad ratings – show go bye bye. Good ratings – show stays to make people richer another year. Judges aren’t doing this for free. They want to make money, they will say whatever the producers want them to say to keep the ratings up. Anyone who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves.

  2. disgruntled losers sometimes say the stupidest things. but he’s right…this really is not the best season!

  3. I like American idol no matter what Burrell has to say. Sore loser is all he is. I love to see young people much better than the older crowd on the Voice. I like the Voice but just love the younger crowd that you can watch growl

  4. EVERY year they say this is the BEST SEASON….Don’t take it personal Burnell…they said during your season too….it’s called “HYPE” baby. lol

    • You are so right! Good point! They probably said it was the best season when Taylor Hicks won. *crickets* Taylor who? lol

      • But it was a good season just because Taylor hicks didn’t have great success they (producers) were mad he won. the show treated Daughtery like the winner that year, but Kellie pickler was that year as well, Kathryn Mcphee.

      • Kellie Pickler was a darling. I thought she was Underwood’s year. Kat McPhee was not a great singer to me. Just pretty. Plus her mom was the voice coach, so it seemed a bit shady. I do not understand how Taylor won. Ugh.. he was so “lounge singer-ish”. Best ever was Kelly. Most talented is , Carrie. Most entertaining and inspiring story for a winner was Fantasia and Lots of great runner ups!

  5. Get over yourself and give some love to this years contestants. Saying what you did just makes you seem arrogant!

    • It does make him look like a crybaby. I liked Burnell’s singing, but they don’t need to share their bad feelings about their season or this year’s people, out to the world like that.

  6. I agree about hearing all the time that this is their best season yet. I have watched Idol since the first year and this is the WORST season ever! And the talent has been getting progressively weaker each year. I remember Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, David Cook, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McCreery, Elliott, so so many fantastic singers. Now there were way more GOOD singers the judges didn’t let through! I heard many exciting and interesting singers and the JUDGES didn’t pass them. I think the judges screwed up big time, this set of contestants is boring and bland. Some can’t even sing on key. The Voice has 10 times better singers.

  7. I think Burnell has as much right to say what he did as the persons had to say what they did. I agree with Burnell it is not the worst ever but it comes close. The JUDGES on the other hand are the very best!!!!!!

  8. Kelli Pickler definitely Hicks year she finished like 7 after one bad song strange year

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