Everyone talks about Lionel Richie and Katy Perry as the judges of the reboot of American Idol. But in many parts of America, (like my native Texas), fans are just as excited about Luke Bryan. Not being a fan of country music myself I had no idea how big a deal he is. In a recent interview he discussed what he’s learned so far and advice he got from former Idol judge Keith Urban and the comparisons to Blake Shelton.
One of the hardest things for these new judges is how to be their own person and how to create a separate legacy than that of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. He says of his own journey,
“I think it’s about just being me and carving out who I am as… a television personality. You know, I am still having to… segue from being just a singer to being on television. In my path of judging, I’ve learned to be more blunt. I think my style will be polite, critical, but it will evolve through the show, and you will see me grow as a judge as I am more comfortable saying the word ‘no.’ I’m not an over thinker. I’m a speaker of the heart. I think I have some comedic timing.”
His buddy Keith Urban, who was a judge on the show after Simon left, told him that he would love it. As for the comparisons to Voice coach extraordinaire Blake Shelton he says,
“I think naturally Blake and I are very similar human beings on the humor side of things. Blake and I grew up on separate sides of the world… We just happen to very similar in a lot of ways.”
Just because they are both country artists does not mean they are the same person.