Don't Expect to See The "Bad Auditions" on the New 'American Idol'

January 9, 2018

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It looks like the American Idol reboot won't give us our "next William Hung."

Viewers often tuned in for the show's early auditions to see the bad auditions. You know: the people who would audition for the show, but they lacked any real talent. Of course, footage of those auditions made for some of the most amusing moments during the show's original 15-season run on FOX. 

Well, ABC has no plans of airing too many ridiculously bad auditions in their reboot.

"It doesn't feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up on stage and laugh at them," American Idol's showrunner Trish Kinane told a panel at the Television Critic Association's press tour on Monday (January 8).

Kinane says that eccentric individuals may occasionally find their place on the new show, but she says that viewers shouldn't expect to see it too often.

"We want the humor, but we don't want the exploitation," Kinane said on Monday. 

For what it is worth, by the way, FOX had started to steer from airing them in recent years anyway.

One of the other big questions that was asked during Monday's press event was connected to the fact that the show didn't really produce huge breakout stars in the later seasons. Two of the show's judges, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, both weighed on that question yesterday.

Perry said "we (the judges) are wasting our time" if the show isn't finding the next big star.

Meanwhile, Luke Bryan noted finding a big star makes the work harder for the show's new judging panel (Lionel Richie is the show's third judge), but said it's important. 

"We want it (American Idol) to go right back to what it was known for," Bryan said. 

Dim the lights...here we go! #AmericanIdol premieres Sunday March 11 on ABC!

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American Idol returns to ABC on March 11 at 8pm ET.