Kelly Clarkson also had issues with her first album and sued the management she had to sign with so that she could go her own way. IIRC this is a lot like Mr. Hicks.
And calling him an old fart is way out of line, IMHO, he's no older than some of the guys who didn't go prematurely gray (Taylor went gray in high school). And age doesn't matter, there are some "has beens" who can sing above and beyond today's "top talent."
Personally I think "idol" is the wrong word anyway, we don't need idols to worship. We need stars/role models to look up to.
and I don't see anyone but Adam winning. Danny couldn't have given him any more competition than Kris will. (good thing, too, I want Kris to have a bit more say in how his album will turn out)