The 'American Idol' Team on the Quest for a New Superstar
Jan 10 2018 by Francis Osborne
American Idol premieres Sunday, March 11 at 8/7c on ABC. She said that Americans don't need another singing television show that will produce a forgettable victor, "They need another legit American Idol".
Though the show has made a splash with its new judges-superstars Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan-longtime host Ryan Seacrest insisted during the show's Television Critics Association panel things aren't that different.
Auditions that were bad to the point of being laughable were a staple of the early seasons of American Idol, and in one instance even made a minor celebrity out of William Hung after his cringe-worthy performance of "She Bangs" went viral.
"That's what sets this show apart", Clarkson enthused. They see the judges. "We are wasting our time if we don't find a star", Perry said.
Richie said he's been asked often to do instructional videos on making it in the music business and he always resisted, wondering how many people would be interested.
"A lot of our viewers will see themselves in some of these contestants", Perry said.
'We want the humor, but we don't want the exploitation, ' she said.
Seacrest said the show's format hasn't changed.
No one has necessarily emerged as a "bad cop" along the lines of Simon Cowell. "I'm blunt but I can't be mean because I'm a woman", Perry said. "I love that this show has chosen" participants "because they're talented and they deserve it".
American Idol 15 premieres on Sunday, March 11, and then following that the first Monday show of the season will air on March 12. Then, "Idol" will have a two-night finale May 20 and 21.
Roseanne is coming back to TV, along with American Idol. Alan Cumming becomes the first openly gay lead character on US television in Instinct , while FOX tries out a new singing competition since Idol is now on ABC.