For the time being, our feeling is that the premiere on Sunday will probably bring in a 2.0 in the live+same-day ratings, mostly because of the long layoff between seasons, ABC's promotional campaign, and the presence of Katy Perry as a judge.
For the judges, the new "American Idol" represents a chance to put their stamp on a job held by a succession of celebrity panelists.
The auditions are rich with silly moments of escapism, several of which involve Perry. It's a kinder, gentler show that, at least in the first two-hour episode, jettisons Simon Cowell-style cutting commentary and more fully embraces positivity and uplift.
The judges, moreover, possess undeniable charm.
A good part of that is the chemistry of the new judges - pop star Katy Perry, country singer Luke Bryan and Mr.
I may even have been a little pitchy in my protest of ABC's revival of a singing competition whose 15-season run on Fox feels as if it ended five minutes ago, and of TV's inability in general to let its dead rest. "I was like, 'It would be really super cool if I got second and you got first, because the victor has to do the movie and the second one doesn't'".
"American Idol" producers say the format will be the same.
This show wasn't a competition, but rather just a performance showcase for artists.
Programs like "American Idol" have also been impacted by shifts in the music industry.
Can "Idol" bring back the magic?
He didn't make it to Hollywood, but he did become Perry's No. 1 fan. "Don't make America's Got Talent or The Voice or X Factor". "Idol is a story of hope, aspiration, the American dream". Call it American Idol Disney, or The Voice: Wish Upon a Star Edition, or, if you want to keep things musical, just sing its title to the tune of the Mickey Mouse Club theme: A-M-E R-I-C A-N-I-D-O-L! "Idol" remains in its own league when it comes to building emotional "narratives".
At one point, Perry even gave Idol hopeful Benjamin Glaze his very first kiss, when she beckoned for the 19-year-old cashier to come closer and give her a kiss on the cheek.
Aspects of the "Idol" audition process remain iconic. Ron is going to Hollywood. We do see a few bad auditions. However, Ryan Seacrest, who has been hosting the show since its start in 2002, will return for the new season as well. But executives at ABC and Fremantle seem irked (and perhaps rightly) by the persistent questions about Idol's financial viability.
From the introduction of the new judges to the first audition, by uber-hyper and uber-talented 17-year-old singer-songwriter Catie Turner, the accent unquestionably is on the positive. Can that unicorn (er, superstar) be found?