American Idol has a new home on ABC after airing its final episode on FOX.
Still, the network isn’t the only thing the new judges say is different as they possibly threw shade at the former panel of the popular singing competition.
The New 'American Idol'
Country singing sensation Luke Bryan, pop icon Katy Perry, and music mogul Lionel Richie are slated to serve as the new judges on American Idol.
Perry said that while she is blunt and “very cut and dry” when it comes to critiquing the contestants, she has a line she refuses to cross.
“We really encourage them,” said Perry. “There’s no dismissing and just sending off and saying, ‘You suck.’ That’s not how we roll. I think in the past there was some of that and maybe taking advantage of people…”
New Judges, New Attitude
While the show had seen its share of judges from the original panel of Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell to newcomers like Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez, it’s safe to say it also had its share of comical moments. It’s no secret millions tuned in to the original series to see what type of comedic entertainment in the form of a Hollywood hopeful would grace the judges with an unforgettable moment.
“We don’t do that anymore but we still laugh just as much,” added Perry.
Bryan also chimed in and said they are empathetic and “emotional” more times than not.
“We have moments where we’re softies,” said Bryan who pointed out that they often feel the contestants’ stories and their journeys.
Richie also said their key to success is being themselves and going to bat for the contestants they truly believe have a future in the industry.
Even though the original series had made a good run on FOX since it debuted in 2003, and gave the spotlight to celebrities like Tori Kelly, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, and Jordin Sparks, Perry said that lots of amazing singers out there could still use a platform such as American Idol.
She said she has hopes of bringing the show back to life and to give hope to other aspiring singers.
Not All Fans Are Sold On 'American Idol' Reboot
American Idol premiered on ABC Sunday. Fans took to Twitter during and after the show and many of them had mixed reactions.
While one said she “really [love[s] the judges this year,” another said they were “terrible.”
One pointed out that they are “soft” compared to veteran judges Cowell, Jackson, and Adbul.
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