American Idol was a hugely popular TV show for singing competitions, which ran from 2002 to 2016 when it was canceled by Fox. However, ABC chose the show in 2018 and brought American Idol back to life.
‘American Idol’ – the original vs the reboot
In the original series American Idol had three very iconic judges who were the pillars of the program: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. There was also a fourth judge during the series, although it often changed. Some of the other jurors introduced in the series were Kia DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.
Guest judges would also be used for short periods (versus a whole season) or for special occasions (such as auditions or finals). Some of the most notable were Shania Twain, LL Cool J and Gene Simmons. The show was hosted by Ryan Seacrest for the entire duration, accompanied by Brian Dunkleman in the first season. When Dunkleman did not return for a second season, they decided to continue with a single emcee instead of replacing the second one.
This ABC reboot of American Idol has shifted the old format a bit by deciding to stay with only three jurors. While the original three American idol judges (Cowell, Jackson and Abdul) were constantly arguing, the new three would be great friends. On the show they do not always agree with each other’s ideas, but there has been no bickering and a lot of friendly banter. But are the judges really friends, or is this just a front for American Idol?
Are the ‘American Idol’ judges really friends?
During a recent interview, the jury told what happened when the cameras stopped rolling. The current judges are Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie … three genius music genres of different genres who seem to be able to find each other. This information was confirmed by Ryan Seacrest, who had been signed up to continue hosting the reboot as he did with the original series.
Ryan Seacrest said, “These three jurors are probably the closest we have ever seen.” A statement that was agreed by country singer Luke Bryan when he said they just want to “make fun as a group, and act as a group.” Katy Perry confirmed, “when the cameras are turned off, we are still the same. “
Unrivaled casting by ABC
ABC knew clearly what they were doing when they threw together people like Perry, Bryan and Richie. It is not just the other cast members (like Seacrest) who see the chemistry between the new judges, but fans. It is a refreshing break from the bickering of former judges. Although there is no doubt that drama is sold in Hollywood, the public sometimes just wants something healthier.
It is not only the friendliness and chemistry on the stage that are so great, but also the diverse musical talents that come on the table. All three jurors are known and incredibly popular within their specific genres.
Katy Perry, for example, is a pop-diva that is best known for hit songs like I Kissed A Girl, California Girls and Roar. Her bubbly personality and trademark eccentric outfits make her instantly recognizable – even for those who do not care about her specific type of music.
Then there is Luke Bryan, who is a beloved (and crushed) country singer with hits like Play It Again, Country Girl and That’s My Kind of Night. He has been one of the most modern country singers, with almost constant hits on local radio stations.
Legend Lionel Richie has performed ballads since the late 1960s, when he first started with his band The Commodores. His successful career in several decades has created hits such as All Night Long, Lady and Endless Love.