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Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
American Idol reboot shows the resilience of talent, even with superstar judges
The new batch of Idol contestants have managed to be quirky and interesting as they've grown into better performers. "In later seasons of Idol, and subsequently on The Voice, these contestant arcs were replaced by judge dramatics," says Jon Caramonica. "The Voice especially showed that pop stars, if they took the judging chair, would not just be the arbiters of a competition but also stars of their own weekly sitcom. The new Idol acknowledges this shift without crumbling under it. (Katy) Perry is a talented physical comedian and a ham willing to wail over her purported contestant crushes, though as a judge, she’s especially tough on the young female performers. Mr. Bryan is especially tough on the English language; as a judge, he’s Randy Jackson reincarnate. (Lionel) Richie is the shepherd of this uncertain flock. He is the most firm with criticism, and also the most generous with praise."
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:40PM EDT
American Idol's new judges seem to get that they're not judging a singing competition
Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie have already rejected some perfectly good singers because they know that the show is about finding the modern pop star, says Meghan O'Keefe. American Idol faltered in its last years on Fox because it was too focused on finding good singers, instead of singers who could actually become pop stars who sell albums -- like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. "American Idol is not — and has never been — a 'singing competition.' Like poker, chess, and CBS’s reality juggernaut Survivor, American Idol is a game of strategy," says O'Keefe. "Sure, the goal is to be crowned America’s next great music star, and to get there, contestants have to survive months of cagematch-like musical battles. You’ll hear judges give lip service to things like pitch and timbre. You’ll even notice the glory of a high note and catch the tragedy of a badly executed key change. But you don’t win American Idol by being the best singer. If that were so, Season 6 vocal standout Melinda Doolittle would be the show’s biggest success story." ALSO: Too many contestants have auditioned with original songs this season.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
American Idol is pretty much the same on ABC, but a little sappier and more Disney-fied
Just about everything on Sunday's premiere is like the Fox version, right down to the host, the emotional contestant backstories, the music and the judges, who -- like the old ones -- "are also mostly OK," says Kelly Lawler. She notes that ABC seems to put a greater emphasis on the "American" in American Idol. "The tone is heartwarming; failed contestants are let down as easily as possible and the contestants who make it to Hollywood are all as sweet and diverse and quirky as can be," she adds. "The problem with making Idol a warm and fuzzy show that takes literal trips to Disney World is this: The vitriol is what helped catapult the series to its onetime status as a phenomenon. Idol was, for much of its long run, a show about telling people the truth, even if it hurt."
- Burning questions: Will sexual harassment scandal affect Seacrest? Will The Walking Dead and O.J. Simpson hurt the premiere?
- ABC defends the high costs of its Idol reboot: It's about the same price of an hourlong drama, $3.5 million to $4.5 million
- For Lionel Richie, American Idol is a chance to share his six decades of experience in the music industry
- Kelly Clarkson defined what a reality show winner should be: Nobody has done it better than her
- Kelly Ripa "auditions" for Idol
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Report: American Idol is struggling with Katy Perry’s tardiness and a lack of comedic tension between judges
Perry is “almost always late” to the audition rounds, according to TMZ, which adds that another concern is the lack of comedic tension that helped make the original Idol a hit with banter between Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. “Katy is really fun, Lionel (Richie) has a strong point of view and Luke (Bryan)'s pure country,” says TMZ. “But they're not at each other's throats, either in a serious or funny way, and some honchos are worried that's the kind of heat that makes a show a hit.”
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 7:07PM EST
Chelsea Handler, Lea Michele and Lionel Richie are among the TV stars affected by the Southern California wildfires
“Just evacuated my house,” Handler tweeted. “It’s like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively. Stay safe everyone. Dark times.” American Idol judge Richie had to cancel his Las Vegas show tonight to help his family “evacuate to a safer place.”
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 2:04PM EST
American Idol reboot revealed its first finalist on Dancing With the Stars
Lionel Richie made a special appearance on last night’s show to reveal the first hopeful going to Hollywood. It was the second night in a row that ABC promoted Idol in primetime, after showing auditions on Sunday's American Music Awards.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Catch an NFL-themed glimpse of ABC’s American Idol reboot
ABC's sister network ESPN shared a clip of Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones auditioning before Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 9:32AM EST
ABC’s American Idol revival kicks off March 11
Ryan Seacrest announced that the new version of Idol starring Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will premiere on Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m.
Posted Friday 10/06/17 at 4:37PM EDT
Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan are reportedly each making $7 million from Idol—compared to Katy Perry’s $25 million
Page Six reports that Perry’s salary has “created huge drama” at ABC, where CEO/President Ben Sherwood personally authorized her "obscene" salary.
Posted Thursday 10/05/17 at 9:47PM EDT
American Idol reboot judges insist they won’t be nasty
“I think I’m going to change the word ‘nasty’ to ‘brutally honest,’” says Lionel Richie.
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 9:30AM EDT
ABC’s American Idol reboot unveils its first cast photo
Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan spoke for the first time together on TV this morning on Good Morning America.
Posted Friday 9/29/17 at 4:13PM EDT
It’s official: Lionel Richie joins American Idol revival as the third judge
Filming on the judges' portion of American Idol kicks off on Tuesday, and ABC has secured its final judge spot in the nick of time. “I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan on American Idol,” Richie said in a statement. “As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!” Luke Bryan also made his participation official, while Katy Perry tweeted: "SO excited, I feel like DANCING ON THE CEILING. Time to KICK THE DUST UP."
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 11:39PM EDT
Lionel Richie is once again in talks to join American Idol with six days to go — after rapper Common rejected the job
Producers appear to be locking in on Richie for the third and final Idol judging spot. Common was “most recently” approached, according to Variety. But sources tell the trade magazine “that Richie is the one Idol wants, and that so long as they can agree on the price, the deal should close in a matter of days. It has to, as Idol is scheduled to begin shooting next Tuesday.” ALSO: What Ryan Seacrest wears to all his day jobs.
Posted Thursday 8/24/17 at 6:15PM EDT
Katy Perry wants Lionel Richie and Charlie Puth on her American Idol judging panel
During a chat this morning with Idol host Ryan Seacrest, Perry said, I’m really pulling for Lionel (Richie), because I think Lionel is an icon.” She added that the 25-year-old Puth would be a great addition because “he’s a writer; he’s a producer; he’s young; he’s hip; he’s fresh. Between Lionel and me, it would be nice to have someone a little more fresh.”
Posted Monday 8/21/17 at 9:16AM EDT
With the Trumps bowing out, The Kennedy Center Honors is no longer apolotical
The CBS-broadcasted event managed to side-stop politics for 40 years. That is, until this year, when Norman Lear, dancer Carmen de Lavallade and Lionel Richie said they’d boycott a meeting with President Trump, which resulted in Donald and Melania Trump announcing they would not attend “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.”