American Idol tries for second act on new network

American Idol tries for second act on new network
From CBC - March 10, 2018

In its heyday, American Idoldominated television and online chatter. It even inspired a New Yorker cartoonist.

"The voices in my head want to sing on American Idol,"a patient confides to his shrink in a 2006 Leo Cullum panel, proof of its cultural imprint.

Two years after the singing contest ended its run on Fox amid dwindling ratings and steep production costs, it's getting the chance to prove itself again in an ABC version debuting 8 p.m. EST Sunday. In the early episodes, the show is marginally revised and instantly familiar.

Different judges, same format

This American Idolretains the show's original host, Ryan Seacrest, along with the same logo and production companies. Also intact is the goal of finding a music starone such as Carrie Underwood, who built a blockbuster career after winning Idolin 2005 and whose voice-over opens the ABC show.

The reboot's early episodes include pre-taped auditions held in cities including New York,Savannah, Ga,Los Angeles and New Orleans. We see, as before, crowds of would-be contestants eager to prove they have what it takes for a "golden ticket to Hollywood" and next-round tryouts.

"There's been a lot of talk about how is this show different," Seacrest said at a news conference with next-generation judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. "You have got three different faces. You have different contestants. But to change the show drastically in terms of format, I think, would be a mistake."

Seacrest shadow

The show arrives under a #MeToo shadow for Seacrest. A woman who worked as his wardrobe stylist at E! News nearly a decade ago suggested he engaged in inappropriate behaviour, which Seacrest has denied. The E! channel said an investigation found insufficient evidence to support the claims.

For the judges, the new American Idolrepresents a chance to put their stamp on a job held by a succession of celebrity panelists.

"I think we can inspire people and show people how it's done too, in our own way," Bryan told The Associated Press.

Richie said the goal is to find more than a singer: "We are looking for an artist, and that's going to require our expertise."

Right decision to revive?


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