Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

The "New" American Idol Is the Same Old Song

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie
Laurie Berry | 12 March, 2018, 03:20

But just when music lovers were beginning to get over it, ABC announced its return with Season 16 past year after acquiring the rights to the series. ABC declined to comment on Seacrest and he will appear on Sunday's premiere.

Sussett says she was at a local karaoke event previous year when members of the local Top-40 cover band Higher Ground noticed her and eventually hired her.

EPISODE 2 OFFICIAL ABC SYNOPSIS: "American Idol" heads to New York, Savannah, Los Angeles and New Orleans as the search for America's next superstar continues on its new home on America's network ... streaming and on demand.

When the reality juggernaut had its grand finale on April 7, 2016, I cynically predicted it would be back in less than five years.

The aforementioned criticism about talent pools notwithstanding, a few of the auditions are truly excellent from a vocal standpoint.

Maybe this new crew of judges doesn't have quite the cultural cache of "The Voice's", but maybe it has something even better - a comfortable, easy, congenial vibe that's in sync with the more comfortable, congenial vibe of ABC's version.

But from this episode, we can speculate that we're in for a rather gentle, very un-Simon-like season.

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Richie would be my favorite judge on the panel, but he makes a tactical error in the premiere, a kindness that is also a revealing lameness. In chasing a twist on the "Idol" or "The Voice" formula, several of these shows put too much emphasis on the mechanics and not enough on the actual performing. ABC has lined up less sexy sponsorship pacts with retailer Macy's and Johnson & Johnson allergy medication Zyrtec, with the companies paying reported integration fees of up to $1.5 million. And then there's Ryan Seacrest.

She later added: "Literally, we are wasting our time if we do not find a star.You know, America doesn't need another star". The show can (and must), however, make certain improvements moving forward. "Because that will fail". ABC has two very successful and long-running reality franchises in "Dancing With the Stars" and "The Bachelor/ette", but it has been absolutely bad at launching and sustaining music-based competitions.

The three new judges are pop star Katy Perry, 1980s icon Lionel Richie and country star Luke Bryan.

No, they are not throwaway "nice judges". Mills says "snark is out" in part because "meanness can come off as inauthentic". The history of the show suggests it will be a decent draw; ABC had better hope it doesn't go the way of the seven shows below. Though Lost is a odd way to describe the 2006 interview to which the title appears to refer.

Programs like "American Idol" have also been impacted by shifts in the music industry.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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