It’s a show on which he could have been a contestant had his career started differently. But instead, Luke Bryan is now a new judge for the 2018 American Idol reboot. When the show premieres this March on ABC, Bryan is going to be judging from a whole new perspective. He discussed this the Television Critics Association press tour in California.
A Different Perspective
Furthermore, the impact of American Idol on the world of country music isn’t lost on Bryan. He recalled what it was like after Carrie Underwood won. “I remember being inspired by it as a young musician,” Bryan said. “The main thing with me is I remember when Carrie Underwood rolled into Nashville. It energized the whole city. And then you look at Kellie Pickler, who still has a career in entertainment, and then you look at how Scotty McCreery is finally catching his stride as an artist.”
Looking back, he said that he would have appreciated having that kind of a platform from which to launch. As such, he has a different perspective as a judge.
An Emotional Idol Judge
Bryan said that he said yes to American Idol right from the start because he thought it would be something he could really put his heart into. “I jumped right on it. It was never a moment’s thought for me, because I get inspired. I judge and I watch this like a fan of music,” he said. “I’m in there on the emotional ride with these kids. When they start singing and they are moving me emotionally, I get wrapped up in the moment. I get wrapped up in the pageantry and the dreams coming true.”
Finding An Idol
Bryan said that he and the other judges are committing to finding an artist who can really launch a successful career. Currently, it’s something that is difficult to do in today’s crowded marketplace. Basically, they want to find an actual idol. “We want it to be right back to where American Idol is known for, building those American idols. And it’s each of us sitting around going, ‘Is this person going to be what we want them to be?'”
The new season premieres March 11 on ABC.