In the beginning of its initial run, American Idol had a pretty good track record when it came to finding talent who would succeed in show business, with alumni including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, and Jennifer Hudson. But as the show neared the end of its run on Fox, it gave us an endless string of mostly forgettable performers. In fact, after the show’s eighth season, “Idol” finalists only placed one song — Phillip Phillips’Gone Gone Gone — in the top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100. With the show given new life at ABC, judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are determined to break that streak of mediocrity. If they don’t produce a superstar this time, they told us, they’ve wasted their time. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry & Lionel Richie)
American Idol airs live across all time zones on Sunday night, starting at 8 ET/5 PT.
Between the two of them, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie have had 14 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, so they know what it takes to make it to the top. But both of them had very different experiences. Richie’s career got started in the pre-MTV era, when it was incredibly difficult for new artists to get exposure. Perry, of course, came to fame just as social media was starting to become a cultural force. Because of that, now anyone can try to get exposure, but with so many competing voices out there, it’s hard to stand out. And that’s why they say American Idol is still one of the most effective ways of finding new talent. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry & Lionel Richie)
American Idol airs live on Sunday nights across all time zones, starting at 8 ET and 5 PT.
If you think being a judge on a music competition is only about spotting talent, Katy Perry wants you to think again. When we spoke to the American Idol judge, she told us that she and her fellow judges (Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan) are more interested in being mentors than critics, since they know what it’s like to be in the contestants’ shoes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry)
The finalists have been chosen, and the live shows have begun — American Idol airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.
Although it didn’t really deliver on its promise in its later years, American Idol definitely made good on its subtitle — “The Search for a Superstar” — in its early days. Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and Carrie Underwood were all among the show’s discoveries, and Underwood doesn’t think she could have made it as a singer any other way. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
With a new network and new judges, will American Idol recapture the magic and find another superstar? New episodes air Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.
With four platinum albums under his belt, new American Idol judge Luke Bryan is a true country superstar. Since breaking onto the Nashville scene with the Top 5 single All My Friends Say in 2007, he’s racked up 19 No. 1 hit singles. His road to success was a long one, filled with a lot of dramatic twists and turns. So, looking back, he says he would have been thrilled if he’d been able to win his way to stardom on American Idol. (Click on the media bar below to hear Luke Bryan)
Bryan, along with Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, are looking for a new superstar on American Idol, airing Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.