Can Seacrest shake those before this "Idol" returns, or will they follow him like the ghost of a scarlet letter?
For starters, the gimmick has been diluted by the numerous follow-up seasons (this will be the sixteenth "Idol") and various competitive shows.
GetTV, a digital channel devoted to nostalgia television and movies, is bringing back a rarely-seen science fiction series from the 1970s.
"There's still talent out there to be discovered", said Perry.
DEGGANS: That's Carrie Underwood, one of the most successful "Idol" alums. Still, her cameo might remind viewers of "Idol's" two other big-name alums - Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. When you talk about a mean Idol judge, you're ultimately talking about Simon Cowell, who became a star in America by telling Americans they just weren't good enough. Richie, Perry, and Bryan are particularly averse to excessive vocal gymnastics, advising those who belt too loudly or overpower the room with their range that maybe Broadway would be better for them. It's about watching the star be born right there in front of your eyes.
Luke and Katy have dubbed Lionel "Dad", but what's the story behind the nickname? In the first audition episode, the show will head to New York, Los Angeles and Nashville where aspiring singers will audition for a chance to see if they have what it takes to earn the coveted golden ticket to Hollywood.
DEGGANS: But focusing on unknowns keeps the new "Idol" from making a big splash. She's also the one most of the contestants want to meet, and she welcomes the attention, flirting with those who are willing-even giving one boy his first kiss. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Katy Perry is getting paid $25 million and Ryan Seacrest is getting paid a little more than $10 million.
SEACREST: Welcome back home to the place where superstars are born. There are not many bad auditions in the first episode, but even the worst ones don't necessarily qualify as awful. "I was in their shoes ten years ago". Seacrest has denied all allegations of sexual harassment.
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We're certain some of these hopefuls will be talented and some will be. not so talented.
"I arrived at 5:30 a.m.", she explains.
The aforementioned criticism about talent pools notwithstanding, a few of the auditions are truly excellent from a vocal standpoint.
Out of the judges' earshot, the over-singing belter snipes, "I can take it down, dumbasses". "It was tough, but I just kept it a secret".
For this revival, the show doesn't just offer a new set of contestants, but a new trio of judges as well.
There also seems to be a bit more humanity in Idol 2.0, with fewer auditions for truly terrible singers sent in just so we can laugh at and mock them, and more of those meant-to-be-heartwarming segments that show the singers back home in their real lives.
"I've been singing my whole life, but I never really sang for other people until like October of 2016". This new show doesn't come at you like the aggressive, pointedly grandiose hit that it used to be.