William Hung Says 'American Idol' Without Bad Auditions Is a Bad Idea

"It doesn't feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up on stage and laugh at them" said showrunner Trish Kinane

When American Idol returns to TV on March 11, it'll bring a bona fide country superstar as one of its judges: four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan.

ABC trotted out the cast of its revived Idol for the first time on Monday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, posting up Ryan Seacrest and company for reporters - many of whom expressed skepticism about the timing of the reboot.

While the exposure and the paycheck surely played a part in Luke's decision, he says the overwhelming reason he wanted to do American Idol was to go on the journey with the contestants. "That's why America loves it - because at the core people do love talent over just aesthetics all the time, and it is based off merit", Kelly said.

In its early years on Fox, American Idol introduced winners to the world who ended up becoming major stars - including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. "They need a real, legit 'American Idol.' It's a crowded space and I take it really seriously, sometimes to my detriment", she said.

"I'm blunt, but I can't be mean because I'm a woman", she quipped. "No one's here to say, 'I suck.' We're here to really find a star, and if someone isn't a star, delicately help repurpose them on a path that's going to be right for them". "We want it to go right back to what it was known for". "She's not mean, but she is brutally honest... if she doesn't think they have what it takes, she tries to steer them somewhere else".

"This show really does compliment my desire for this industry", she said.

"You might have noticed in the past few years, we haven't really majored on people who are really bad, because one of the key things about the show is it shouldn't feel manipulated or fake because 15 years ago, nobody had ever seen it and it was amusing", Kinane said, via Entertainment Tonight. And that's the difference. When they start singing and they are moving me emotionally, I get wrapped up in the moment. "... I don't think it's a big secret". Lionel can speak on everything because he's a legend. "I get wrapped up in the pageantry and the dreams coming true".

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