How Well Are The ‘American Idol’ Judges Working With Each Other?

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When ABC put together their motley rag-tag group of judges for their reboot of American Idol, there was a serious question as to how well these very different artists were going to interact. Was Katy Perry going to be a diva? Would Lionel Richie be too out of touch? What’s Luke Bryan’s deal? So, far it seems to be working.

Katy Perry said of their collaboration,


“Off-camera, we’re negotiating. Like why we put through someone a couple of cities back and why we didn’t put through this person, because we’re figuring out what’s actually out there. When I signed up for American Idol, I didn’t know what kind of talent was left. I thought everything had been discovered. I was like, are there any more diamonds to polish? Because of the technology world that we live in, everybody can launch themselves on their own platform. Well the truth is, there’s a lot of diamonds out there and American Idol has so many of them.”

Luke Bryan added,

“It’s a moment-by-moment basis because we’ll look back and we just sent someone home and we’re like, ‘Oh my god, this person would have kicked this other person’s butt in New Orleans.’ When Lionel bats his eyes, and I’m just like, ‘OK.'” We’re at a place now where we really know each other on this level of judging.”

There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly rivalry. It is a competition show after all and talent is a subjective thing. One person’s star is another person’s worst nightmare.

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