What's new about ''American Idol''
What’s new about ”American Idol”
PREMIERE 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 (two-hour premiere)
WHAT’S NEW No more Dunkleman! Not only is host Ryan Seacrest left to babble by himself, but former contestant Kristin Holt, the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader whose renditions of ”Fallin”’ and ”Respect” only took her as far as the top 30, will be providing additional commentary and soothing heartbroken wannabes (yup, Simon’s back). Best of all, there could be a higher level of talent. ”The number of people who turned out for the auditions was overwhelming,” says one Fox spokesperson, estimating that there were more than 50,000 applicants, thousands more than the first season attracted. ”This is going to be the cream of the crop.”
WHY WE CARE With stronger singers, the finale could be a genuine nail-biter, unlike last season’s lopsided Kelly-Justin face-off. More good news: Maybe Simon’s vicious criticism will be enough to keep anyone from singing songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, or Celine Dion.
Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.