07/12/2014 06:17 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson Addresses The Show's Declining Ratings

It’s no secret that “American Idol” has been facing a ratings slump as of late, but season 13 champion Caleb Johnson still believes in the show’s star quality.

In a HuffPost Live interview, Johnson weighed in on the show’s declining popularity.

“I don’t really feel like anything’s changed or that there’s something weird in the water or anything,” he told host Nancy Redd. “I think it’s just because 'American Idol' has been around for a long time. But I will tell you this, 'American Idol' is the OG, in the sense of it being the original gangster of [televised singing competitions]. It’s the first singing show, I think, that was one of the big massive show’s that was a huge worldwide thing that where people went nuts over it.”

Johnson also explained that despite the prevalence of other talent-based reality shows, “American Idol” has had the most success when it comes to developing artists.

“It’s also only been the one that’s produced the biggest stars in the music industry.” he said. “It’s been a powerhouse of doing that and I think even the other shows now that have diluted the marketplace, you can’t really name that many people that have come from that. So I think ‘Idol’ really has this strange power that can propel you beyond just the show.”

Watch the full HuffPost Live interview here:



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