‘American Idol’ reboot abandons finest a part of the present

Swaying awkwardly, in an Alfalfa-chic hairdo and patterned, button-down shirt, William Hung stood earlier than the judges on “American Idol” and destroyed Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs.” Completely killed it.

“That was musical homicide,” Simon Cowell instructed him.

Hung’s straight-faced reply? “I’ve no skilled coaching in singing.”

You don’t say. Nonsingers making a go of it on the unique “Idol” had been the most effective a of the present. Watching the competitors was an extended haul; listening to the Sanjayas of the world lacking each observe of a track made it extra bearable — kitsch leisure at its most unpredictable.

Now ABC is attempting to take all of the enjoyable out of “American Idol” and I’m right here to say, “‘Cease!” The of one of many hottest exhibits within the historical past of the medium debuts on March 11, with judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie on the prowl to seek out the following Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson. However government producer Trish ­Kinane mentioned this week that the brand new “Idol” wouldn’t characteristic the “unhealthy” auditions.

“One of many key issues concerning the present is it shouldn’t really feel manipulated or faux as a result of 15 years in the past, no one had ever seen it and it was humorous,” Kinane mentioned. “Viewers know now. They’ve all watched all these exhibits in 15 years, and it doesn’t really feel comfy to place borderline unstable folks up and chuckle at them.”


“American Idol” is actually a big-budget newbie night time, a democratic course of that proves it’s important to hear lots of mediocre and unhealthy singers to seek out the gems which have the potential to go all the way in which to the highest, because the present proved with Underwood and Clarkson. And Individuals embraced the method, touring nice distances to a altering roster of chosen cities to sing (or in order that they thought) their hearts out. After they didn’t make the lower, they cried tears on host Ryan Seacrest’s shoulder. However once they did, the jubilation jumped off the display screen.

The Disney-fication of the model threatens to deprive the present of one in all its important components: failure.

No, William Hung couldn’t sing, however he was hilarious to behold. And, as his post-audition notoriety proved, he was in on the joke! The “Idol” producers ought to resist making their present the equal of a journey at Disneyland: temporary, protected and nice.

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