Yes, even though it ended its 15-season run in 2016, ABC has already revived the reality hit, making the announcement on Good Morning America on Tuesday.
“American Idol on ABC…that has a nice ring to it,” Ben Sherwood, ABC president, said in a statement. “Idol is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC’s lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol.”
While we’ll have to wait even longer than a commercial break to find out who the host will be and the new line-up of judges, we already have a lot of thoughts on what we DON’T want to see from the American Idol revival. ABC, feel free to take notes:
Don’t let the judges outshine the contestants: Quick, name a winner from The X Factor. Betcha can’t? Now name a winner of American Idol. Easier, right? When it comes to reality TV competitions, no one has had more stars than Idol. Toward the end, the constant “Who will be the judges?” narrative dominated headlines, something we hope to avoid after the new panel is announced.
Don’t use too many corny theme weeks: Sigh, the theme weeks. While it’s nice to see contestants push themselves by tackling different genres and sounds, no one needs a disco night. NO ONE. Let’s get a little more creative this time, please. Also, don’t limit the song library! It’s worth the money.
Don’t bring back those Ford commercials: Shudder. We still have nightmares
Don’t limit our access: Remember when viewers used to get to see where the contestants lived and spend some time with them in their house? Bring that back…and maybe show even more if it.
Don’t hire two hosts: Ryan Seacrest or bust. (Unless he brings Kelly Ripa, then we’ll allow two hosts. Sorry, Dunkleman.)
Don’t entirely revamp the format: It worked for a reason. Some renovations are surely needed, but let’s not completely change the show and lose the magic that made Idol the massive national phenomenon it was.