In the day and age of binge watching, there are few shows that air once a week that can keep an audience’s attention. However, on Sunday March 11, that all changed. The fan favorite show American Idol has come back for a sixteenth season.
The show, whose new home is now on ABC, showcases the musical talent of those who want to make it big in the industry. This season there have been many heartfelt stories such as Marcio Donaldson. Donaldson is a twenty-eight year old man from Compton, California who is raising his sister’s child as his own. Several others have showcased not only their talent, but their heart as well. With eyebrow raising performances and quirky dances, American Idol is quickly approaching Hollywood week where the selected individuals will once again prove their superiority in this hair raising competition.
New judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie certainly have some big shoes to fill from former judges such as Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul. However, singer Katy Perry has been under some intense criticism for one audition in particular. Benjamin Glaze, 19, had an audition he surely won’t forget. When judge Luke Bryan asked “Have you kissed a girl and liked it?” Glaze responded with humble, “No, I’ve never been in a relationship. I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.” Perry found that as her moment to invite the contestant over to kiss her cheek. However, after complaining that, “You didn’t even make the smushing sound!” Perry invited him in for another. Instead of leaving it with the cheek, she advanced and stole a smooch before he could even respond. Some are saying if the roles were reversed, the media would be going crazy. However, Perry’s judging partner, and R&B legend Lionel Richie stated it was done in “jest”.
The thing that separates the show from any other TV series is that it uses real people, in real situations just trying to better their life. The raw talent that is displayed is what makes the show pique the interest of thousands across the nation.