Luke Bryan is connecting with a new generation of singers. It was announced several months ago that he would be a judge on the new season of American Idol. And Bryan definitely plans to take a new approach to the show. In a recent interview, he and his fellow judges discussed their plans for the upcoming season.
There to Encourage
American Idol is returning. And it’s going to have a whole new look.
Joining the upcoming season as judges are Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. The show is currently traveling around the country taping auditions, both with and without the trio. But recently, the three got together to gab about the new format and what they hope to inspire as judges.
Specifically, when asked which of the three would take the role of Simon Cowell, all of them immediately denied any interest in the role
“We’re artists, not record company executives or critics,” insisted Luke Bryan. “These 15- and 16 year-olds are still a couple of years away, but you can see their promise, the potential. We’re not there to discourage them. If we word it wrong, they may give up all up.”
Perry agreed, adding that they are “about giving constructive criticism.” Though Cowell was her favorite judge, she recognized that his tactics might not fly now. “Young kids take things to heart. I can be sarcastic as all get out, and even a little snarky,” she said. “Like Simon, I’m also a truth-teller, a straight shooter. But at the end of the day, I’m not here to tell anyone they suck. It’s not about that.”
“God has laid his hand”
All three of the judges are excited about the level of talent they are encountering.
“The show is coming back at a perfect time,” said Perry. “There’s just too much choice out there. You don’t know who to focus on.”
Richie described the show as “like a filter where only the strong survive.” He said he would never have made it through the process. “I was so shy as a 15-year-old. I didn’t have the confidence to walk out on that stage and do what these kids do,” he shared.
Meanwhile, Bryan not only wants to inspire as a judge but finds himself inspired. “We’ll tell these contestants to give us all they’ve got, and then I find myself asking myself the same thing. When you hear that God has laid his hand on these people’s voices, it makes you want to go out and be a better artist yourself.”