The announcement that Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will join Katy Perry on ABC’s American Idol reboot generated lots of headlines Friday and Saturday.
If it prompted much of a buzz among fans on social media, I missed it.
Naturally, there are fans of Katy, Luke and Lionel out there eager to see the stars in a new role.
And perhaps their excitement will reach a fever pitch as American Idol’s 2018 debut nears. ABC better hope so, considering the big bucks being paid out for a superstar judging panel.
To me, it’s just another panel of music star judges. You know, like we saw on the old version of Idol. Or like we see twice a year on The Voice.
Before the Katy Perry announcement, I was hoping ABC would do something bold, like a judging panel filled with former Idol contestants.
I mean, ABC is hoping to revive a once-proud franchise. What better way to lure back viewers than bring back some of their past favorites as judges?
Of course, The Voice quickly snatched up Kelly Clarkson, who had been so brilliant during a guest judging stint in Season 15. The show also snagged Jennifer Hudson, who had impressed on The Voice UK.
But there were still plenty of options for ABC. At that point, my dream judging panel would have been … drum roll, please … Adam Lambert, David Cook and Kellie Pickler.
Adam and David were every bit as impressive as any star judge out there when they returned to Idol in guest mentor roles. They’re articulate and didn’t shy away from constructive criticism. And both have avid fan bases.
As for Kellie, let’s face it, she’s made her career as much off her personality as her music. Her audacious performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” remains one of my all-time favorite Idol memories. And with her around, things wouldn’t get dull.
Alas, ABC decided superstars were needed to draw viewers to a show that’s only been off the air for a year.
We’ll see if it works. I just hope ABC has done something to ensure Katy, Lionel and Luke are capable of doing the job they’ve been hired to do.
Remember when Steven Tyler first took his seat on the Idol panel and found nothing negative to say about 110 consecutive performances?
Or how about the Mariah Carey disaster, sure-fire proof that not everyone who can dazzle with her voice can judge a reality show?
For now, I’m afraid my reaction to the Katy-Luke-Lionel triumvirate is the same as my reaction to the show’s too-soon return.