Like it or not, American Idol didn’t get revived to make fun of people!
Aside from (occasionally) gifting the world the next musical superstar, the series was famous for rounds of auditions that highlighted the standout talent — which included the good, the bad, and the William Hungs.
But producers behind the 2018 revival have issued one big caution to fans: don’t expect any so-bad-it’s-hilarious auditions this time around!
Speaking at the Television Critics Association‘s winter press tour on Monday, showrunner Trish Kinane made it clear the show would not be mocking bad singers like it so famously had in the earlier seasons. She explained:
“It doesn’t feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up on stage and laugh at them. 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.”
True, the illusion of reality tv has shattered since Idol first aired over a decade ago. And in a primetime landscape of competition shows like The Voice, which only highlights the cream of the cream, making fun of untalented dreamers seems sharply mean-spirited.
But Kinane added just because they don’t intend on exploiting the contestants (not the un-talented ones, at least), that doesn’t mean the show won’t have any laughable moments:
“We want the humor, but we don’t want the exploitation.”
Judge Katy Perry has some jokes up her sleeve, just you wait!
It’s probably a smart idea for the show to not deliberately make fun of aspiring singers anymore, though we’re sure many fans will miss cringing at the awfulness.
With so many similar shows to watch these days, will YOU still be tuning in to a “bad” audition-less Idol? Cast your votes (below)!