American Idol: No “Bad” Auditions or “Exploitation”

Posted by Jeanne on January 9, 2018

It’s almost time for the revival of American Idol to debut and, among other changes, they are making it clear that they won’t be showcasing people’s failures in an attempt to gain viewership and laughs. So, if you’re hoping to catch some awful renditions of Top 40 hits during the auditions, you’re probably out of luck.

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As the show makes its transition from Fox to ABC, the tone is expected to be different. “You might have noticed in the past few years, we haven’t really majored on people who are really bad,” executive producer Trish Kinane said at ABC’s Television Critics Association press tour this week. “Because one of the key things about the show is it shouldn’t feel manipulated or fake because 15 years ago, nobody had ever seen it and it was funny. Viewers know now, they’ve all watched all these shows in 15 years, and it doesn’t feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up and laugh at them.”

So, the auditions won’t be funny anymore? Wrong!

“But that’s not to say we don’t want humor in Idol,” Kinane continued. “Humor is a very important part of Idol, so if someone’s eccentric, slightly different or if they’ve got a different voice or if they do something we don’t normally hear, we’ll put that up, that’s fun. We want the humor but we don’t want the exploitation.”

Hmmm, we will have to see how they make that distinction.
New judges, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, will be joined by returning host, Ryan Seacrest, when the reboot airs on Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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