We might as well have said goodbye for good to American Idol a couple of years ago with it’s large decline in viewers. After Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jordin Sparks, people seemed to lose interest in the outdated singing competition, especially considering the ascension of The Voice. It started airing in 2002 on Fox and lasted all the way up until 2016 when the network cancelled the series. During the finale of Idol in 2016, the public was told that this would be the last time they would ever see this iconic show. Ryan Seacrest closed off his show with saying, “And one more time — this is so tough — we say to you from Hollywood, goodnight America.” Then he added mysteriously “for now.” This shocked the crowd and put them in a state of suspense and suspicion until it was announced that American Idol was to be coming back in 2018 on ABC.
It seems like the “final” season and the quick return of Idol was a way for the series to restart, rebrand, and try and get more viewers this next time around. They realized they were losing viewers and had already been cancelled by Fox, so why not try a fresh start to boost their ratings?
American Idol made television history while launching careers, and it all started with three iconic judges that America came to love. There’s Paula Abdul, the upbeat, thoughtful judge who gave the confidence boost that the auditioning needed. Randy, who captivated America with his smooth talk and memorable line, saying that the voice was, “a little pitchy.” And of course Simon, the cold hearted, snarky British man who became the quintessential voice of Idol itself.
Sadly, these judges were eventually cycled out and replaced as the show went on. There were eleven judges from 2002-2016 and to start off the new season, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie have joined the Idol team.
The 2018 premiere was on Sunday, March 11 at 7pm on ABC and as a viewer myself, I definitely think the show will take a turn for the better this season.