The American Idol revival is almost here — it debuts this March — and there is one thing you won’t be seeing a lot of this time around… bad auditions.
This week the judges and creators of the ABC revival of the talent search series (it originally ran on Fox and ended two years ago) attended the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour and revealed that focusing on bad singers and terrible auditions isn’t going to be their style.
“It doesn’t feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up on stage and laugh at them,” showrunner Trish Kinane told reporters at this year’s TCAs via The Hollywood Reporter.
In the past, American Idol did focus a lot on the audition rounds and mocking bad singers or outrageous performances—and while it did make for some funny moments, it probably wasn’t the nicest thing to do. This season will focus on getting actual talent on screen and not on featuring the goofiest auditions in an attempt to boost ratings. Now that’s a change we can get behind.
“I think that people once thought that the judges saw everyone, and now you know there’s a line of producers who screen before them,” she continued. “We want the humor, but we don’t want the exploitation.”
Without all of the over-the-top auditions, the judges should be able to focus on finding the next American Idol and actually making them a success in the music world, which according to Katy Perry should’ve always been the goal.
“Literally, we are wasting our time if we are not finding another star,” Perry said. “I take it very seriously, sometimes to my detriment.”
The search begins in March and will have Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie at the helm to judge and mold the next season of talent!
American Idol premieres on March 11, 2018 on ABC.
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