It’s official: American Idol is coming back.
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 find a judging panel that doesn’t get along: Listen, a little light Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul banter is TV gold, but having judges who clearly do not like each other—cough, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, cough—is fun for no one, especially the viewers.
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 stifle a contestant’s originality: While Idol loosened up a bit at the end of its run on Fox, we hope the revival really encourages its contestants to take risks, perform original material and truly be themselves, a la The Voice‘s contestants. (We are still not over the treatment of Haley Reinhart in season 10. Never forget.)
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