Would Carrie Underwood have made it as a country singer without American Idol? We’ll never know, will we? She certainly had the voice and the talent to make it in Nashville, but without Idol, would the stars have aligned the way they did? Given the difficult nature of the music business, most likely not. Underwood herself gives herself a 0% chance of succeeding without the boost that “Idol” provided, and for that, she says she’ll always be grateful. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
Underwood’s current single, Southbound, is currently climbing the Country music charts.
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.
When it comes right down to it, the best seasons of American Idol have always had judges with great chemistry. Back in the early days, people wanted to tune in to see Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul going at it, just as much as they wanted to see Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, or Carrie Underwood. Now that the show’s been reborn on ABC, Luke Bryan thinks the chemistry is back at the judges’ table, with him, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry really having a great time. (Click on the media bar below to hear Luke Bryan)
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