One of the most lasting legacies of American Idol is one that many people never even consider. Back in 2009, when Adam Lambert was contending for the Idol title, the producers of the show brought in one of his favorite bands, Queen, to play with him on the show’s finale. While it was certainly meant to be a one-off gig at the time, nobody realized that a new musical partnership was being born on television: Lambert has toured with the band as its lead singer since 2011, with another set of shows planned for this summer. With Queen’s popularity renewed once again by the Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Idol will feature a Queen night next Sunday, with Lambert returning to the show as a mentor for the Top 8 contestants. Lambert told us he definitely looks at it as an opportunity to pay it forward, since being on Idol really prepared him for the stardom he’s found since being on the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Lambert)
American Idol airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.
In her second season as an American Idol judge, Katy Perry’s feeling very much at home on the panel and confident in her opinions. She’s got very clear ideas about what it takes to do well on the show, and she shared her thoughts about the contestants she’s seen so far. (Click on the media bar below Katy Perry)
For the contestants, American Idol is a journey. But it’s also a journey for the judges — a journey back in time. When we spoke to Idol judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, they told us how watching these performers chase their dreams takes them back to a time in their lives when they were struggling to find success in a difficult, demanding industry. And while they’re doing their best to give a piece of themselves to the contestants, they admit they’re also getting something very valuable in return. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry & Lionel Richie)
American Idol, which also features country star Luke Bryan at the judges’ table, airs Sunday night at 8/7c on ABC
Just as each of the contestants has their own road they’ve taken that led them to appear on American Idol, so do the judges. Luke Bryan never thought he’d wind up on the Idol panel, but he talked with us and his fellow judges — Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — about how it wound up happening. (Click on the media bar below to hear Luke Bryan, Katy Perry & Lionel Richie)
American Idol returns this weekend, with a new home (ABC) and new judges (Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan). What else will change about the show? Perry says that while the judges’ goal is the same — to find a music superstar — they may be going about it in a different way. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry)
The new season of American Idol premieres Sunday night at 8/7c on ABC, with episodes airing on Sunday and Monday nights throughout the season.