“American Idol” makes a major change for the upcoming season Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 08: Judges Luke Bryan (L) and Katy Perry of the television show American Idol speak onstage during the ABC Television/Disney portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 8, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Luke Bryan is one of the sweetest guys in the country music business. So when fans heard that the country superstar had signed up to serve as a judge for the “American Idol” reboot, many couldn’t help but wonder if he could ever find it in his heart to give an aspiring singing any sort of bad news.

Well, now it looks like he may not have to.

During the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour on Jan. 8, “American Idol” judges Luke, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, along with show host Ryan Seacrest, took questions about the new season and discussed their goal of finding a true breakout star this year.

“Literally, we are wasting our time if we are not finding another star,” said Katy at the event, which was reported on by “The Hollywood Reporter.” “I take it very seriously, sometimes to my detriment.”

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“That makes us work harder as a judging panel,” added Luke about the show’s major shift. “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.”

While the bad auditions became quite a staple of “Idol’s” past, it no longer will be a part of the show going forward. “It doesn’t feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up onstage and laugh at them,” said “American Idol” showrunner Trish Kinane. “I think that people once thought that the judges saw everyone, and now you know there’s a line of producers who screen before them. We want the humor, but we don’t want the exploitation.”

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These changes were later discussed on E! News’ “Daily Pop” show, with the hosts not sounding too crazy about the idea of not showing bad auditions. “I just don’t know what ‘American Idol’ is trying to take themselves so seriously [for] at this point,” reality star Morgan Stewart said. “We are supposed to see ridiculous people audition.”

“I’m not agreeing with the judge selection, and now they are taking away the bad auditions,” added entertainment correspondent Nina Parker. “That’s what you watch for.”

Well, actually, we will be watching for our Luke.


While the “American Idol” changes are sure to remain a topic of conversation in the coming days, Luke actually has other things on his mind at the moment. The four-time Entertainer of the Year will host his fourth annual Crash My Playa concert vacation from Jan. 17-20 in Riviera Maya, Mexico, alongside fellow country stars Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Maren Morris and Brett Young. Rising stars The Cadillac Three, Ryan Hurd, Adam Craig, Maggie Rose, Kendell Marvel and DJ Rock are also on the bill.

Anybody out there going? And who will be watching the “American Idol” reboot?

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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