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‘American Idol’ Judges Reveal Songs They Want to Ban From Auditions, Talks Hollywood Week

Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan on 'American Idol'ABC/Eric McCandless

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American Idol judges recently opened up about the music they would want to ban during auditions. They also shared their thoughts for the upcoming Hollywood Week of the competition.

Judges Drops Songs They Like to Ban from American Idol Auditions

Within six years of becoming the multiple trio in American Idol, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie have heard all sorts of music. That said, they, for sure, have song they didn’t want to listen to during the series.

In their recent appearance in Good Morning America, Perry hesitated to answer the controversial question, but nonetheless admitted the she wishes not to hear “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles.

“Doesn’t mean it’s not a great song,” she said.

Perry also mentioned “Anyone” by Demi Lovato, saying that they’ve heard the song too much during auditions. Meanwhile, Richie was asked which of his songs he would want to hear a contestant sing. To that he answered with reservations.

“All Night Long is scary because they have to bring their take to it,” he said.

American Idol auditions just concluded last Sunday, March 26. This means that official contestants will now attempt to ace the next chapter of the competition.


Lionel Richie Says They Are Looking for Character

In the same interview, the judges shared some of their thoughts about the upcoming Hollywood Week of American Idol. Beginning next week, it was obvious that the trio is both serious and excited with what’s to come.

“All I can tell you is that every time we think we’ve saturated the whole thing, they show up for another season and it gets better,” Richie said.

According to the singer, they see the educational aspect of their job now more than ever. He went on and stated that they’re not only looking for incredible vocals but rather charisma.

“We’re looking for characters. Forget singers,” he said. “What character you’re going to bring because that’s what you fall in love with. Luke is a character. Katy is a character. Lionel’s a character. You fall in love with that character as well as the voice.”

American Idol 2023 Hollywood Week begins Sunday April 2 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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