Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie discussed ABC's upcoming revival of American Idol at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA on Monday. While they each come from diverse backgrounds, both personally and professionally, Perry, Bryan and Richie have clicked together, and even covered a Jackson Five song during a TCA cocktail party. "We want the humor, but we don't want the exploitation", Kinane states.
With audiences having a better understanding of the faux reality behind most of their favorite reality series, they quickly began to feel manipulated by producers. "To change the show drastically in terms of format, I think, would be a mistake". Every now and then we get a super-entertaining and compelling athlete like a Maril Davis or a Rashad Jennings; however, the majority of the time they are fairly interchangeable and don't bring much in the way of big personalities.
As for why the judges chose to be a part of the panel, they each had their own stories. "All the things I was gonna put in my master class, I'm actually going to be able to tell the students".
Perry revealed her approach to Idol, though her fellow judges hinted that she's "blunt" with the contestants - in a nice way.
American Idol is desperate to get back to its glory days of pumping out chart-topping artists when the show returns to ABC this year. "You know, when you're single, you got a lot of time to yourself and a lot of energy, and I'm just finding a delicate balance".
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But ultimately, the goal is to find the next American Idol.
"Literally, we are wasting our time if we are not finding another star", Katy said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "America needs another star".
We can't wait to watch Katy show off that rebellious authenticity she prides herself on when American Idol premieres on ABC on March 11!
She adds, "It's a crowded place, and I take it really seriously, sometimes to my detriment".