In its original run, American Idol was the top reality television show of its day, with Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Simon Cowell each fulfilling a role suited to their respective character. Perhaps most famously, Cowell’s phrase, “that was absolutely dreadful,” became a staple expression in popular culture.
However, since then, the series has gone through different names and faces. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie are all musical veterans on the American Idol reboot and are going to be much more careful this time around.
The 33-year-old, Perry, said to People Magazine that they would offer “constructive criticism,” rather than ruthlessly judging each contestant for the sake of comedy.
Perry said she is a “straight shooter,” and is “very cut and dry sometimes,” but she’ll attempt to “watch (her)self when judging contestants.”
Katy said it’s crucial for her and the other judges to understand that every entertainer has to start somewhere, and their journey is just beginning; they need all the encouragement and constructive criticism they can get.
She said there would be no saying, “you suck,” because that’s not how she and the rest of the team conduct themselves. According to the California Gurls singer, in the past, judges would take advantage of their position and make fun of the singers purely for a laugh.
The 41-year-old, Bryan, said they would be more “compassionate.” Lionel echoed their statements and confirmed they would support each contestant and hope to encourage them to chase their dreams and become successful.
And while it may be good for the judges to be much kinder to the American Idol contestants, some are worried that the entertainment value of the show will plummet. Afterall, the public loves a good roast.