American Idol is back! But fans are not happy this time, and we’ll tell you why.
American Idol makes a comeback
After much talk about a possible return, the show finally returned on Sunday, March 11, 2018. It changed a few things, including its judging panel and the concept fans were familiar with.
Host of the show, Ryan Seacrest, assured skeptics that the popular music show was still very serious about introducing the world to breakout talents. The last few seasons before it was finally taken off air were particularly dry spells that introduced Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson to the world.
At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Seacrest said:
The legacy of this franchise is important to me and to its fans.
Judges, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, were just as sold on the vision as Seacrest.
The woman behind the show, Trish Kinane, also made it clear that American Idol was past its days of mocking bad singers for ratings. She said:
We want the humor, but we don’t want the exploitation.
Fans are not buying it
So, with all these great plans, why are people not hyped about its return? Well, most of them do not think the show should have returned if it was scrapping the entertainment provided by bad singers.
this american idol reboot is gonna flop because theyve forgotten what made the show work in the first place was the FLOPS!!!! no one wants to see 2 hours of good singers!!!!! we want to see people embarrass themselves
— jae stephens (@jaephens) March 12, 2018
American Idol: We’re not going to put bad singers on TV for their humiliation.
Also #AmericanIdol : We’re just going to emotionally ruin the mediocre ones lolz.
— allyson #bbcan6 (@xoxofeedsters) March 12, 2018
— Beckett (@hi_i_read) March 12, 2018
Also, viewers are not feeling the quality of judges:
The new #AmericanIdol is horrible. The judges have zero personality. On the plus side, it only took me 12 minutes of watching to know I’ll never have to to turn it on again.
— RadioDoneRight (@FrantzRadio) March 12, 2018
American Idol will never be the same unless they bring back Simon, Paula and Randy
— Erin Beattie (@erin_beatts10) March 13, 2018
These judges are soft. Simon, Randy, and Paula would’ve crushed some dreams after the first note. #AmericanIdol
— Anthony Tillman (@TheRealTillman) March 12, 2018
I love that American Idol just goes ahead and assumes that Luke Bryan and Katy Perry will know what constitutes as good music in spite of all signs to the contrary.
— Travis Ritchie (@travasaurus) March 12, 2018
Fans consider a judging panel, including Katy Perry and Luke Bryan unserious, even with Lionel Richie in the mix.
It still has its cheerleaders
In spite of its less than desirable reception, the Sunday premiere was a success. 94% of its original audience returned to keep up with the show.
im trying not to be bias, but watching @AmericanIdol now. It is really good.
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) March 12, 2018
— George Pennacchio (@abc7george) March 12, 2018
This is a big deal when you consider that Fox ran its O.J. Simpson Special at the same time the show was making its comeback.
LOVING the new feel-good @AmericanIdol on ABC. In a world that’s more divisive than ever, we’re reminded of the humanity in all of us; we’re given a fresh lesson in acceptance — that everyone has a story, and while the dreams we dream are free, the hustle isn’t. #AmericanIdol
— Tony Morrison (@THETonyMorrison) March 12, 2018
First let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of the voice, and Blake Shelton who is a judge on the voice. With that being said there’s not a lot of stars that came out from the voice, yet American Idol has created some of the biggest stars that are out there today.
— Life is stupid (@Jackline_93) March 12, 2018
Clearly, the critics are more, but the show still has its cheerleaders. Although, two past winners have gone on to be coaches on rival singing competition, The Voice, a few people consider American Idol a more superior show.
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