Former seasons of “American Idol” always started with excitement but were pretty predictable. You would get a smattering of good singers, some great ones, and a healthy dose of truly awful contestants. Some of them were actually unstable. But this time around producers are changing it up: they will no longer air the terrible auditions.
“It doesn’t feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up on stage and laugh at them,” showrunner Trish Kinane told The Hollywood Reporter. “We want the humor, but we don’t want the exploitation.”
A pretty significant part of reality TV is exploitation of personality. So to see the ABC version of “Idol” change it up is heartening. But it isn’t just a sign of humanity, it’s also a question of quality. It has been a long time since any reality talent show created a real star. Unless you are die-hard fan, you will struggle to remember the winners of past seasons of “The Voice” and “American Idol”, much less runners-up.
“That makes us work harder as a judging panel,” Luke Bryan said. “Because there are a few years where you don’t remember those contestants, we don’t want it to go that way. We want it to go right back to what it was known for.”
“Literally, we are wasting our time if we are not finding another star,” added judge Katy Perry.
Let’s see how that works out.