"I think in the past there was some of that and maybe taking advantage of people..."
When the series initially went off the air in 2016, I published an op-ed in which I discussed what American Idol has meant to me over the years. "I stand by him", said Frot-Coutaz. With that being said, Harper received three yeses from the judges. Now, on its new home ABC, the popular singing competition premiered on Sunday, March 11, in search for the next Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.
That "Idol" managed to scare up such a sizable audience for ABC was particularly noteworthy in light of the fact that the show re-launched under a cloud of controversy.
But it isn't just the judges who are winning fans over, it's the unparalleled talent that is walking through those famed audition doors, hoping for a golden ticket to Hollywood.
America Idol is officially back.
I left #Venezuela looking for a better future and to help my family nearly 4 years ago.
Looking somewhat shocked as Katy offered him her cheek, Benjamin obliged and planted a peck on her face.
General Larry Platt never had a chance of making it to Hollywood with his original song, "Pants on the Ground", which lamented the low-rise jeans of the day's youth, but he did become one of the most memorable parts of Idol season nine. Now living in Orlando, Sardor informs us that he has "a big range" and can sing "the male part and the female part" of songs.
"I have a disgusting feeling that could be a hit", he said, walking away. He earns a golden ticket, and Katy tells him that her wig was snatched by his audition.
A mortified Katy tried to redeem herself by saying: "We were really good friends Ahnika".
Security soon dealt with Rey, but he went down in Idol history as one of the few to get their revenge on Cowell. "Come here, Benjamin. Come here right now!" she said. Now my dreams are finally coming true.
According to Nielsen preliminary data, ABC's first crack at "American Idol" averaged 10.3 million viewers and a 2.3 rating in the network's target demo, which works out to around 2.96 million adults 18 to 49.