So here's the thing. I stopped watching "American Idol" years ago because I thought they made fun of the mentally ill. And that was no okay with me, and I didn't want any part in it. So I nixed it.
Now it's back and I'll be honest. I think Lionel Richie is a legend and he's the reason I tuned in to the new revamp. But I've been pleasantly surprised by all the judges. Luke Bryan is boring on his own (talented, but kind of like paint drying as a personality. Which surprises me because my daughter says he's hilarious in concert.) Maybe he hasn't found his Idol legs yet.
Katy is a pleasant surprise I wasn't expecting. I think she's darling and so funny to watch. All of them have a great rapport with contestants. They seem to identify with them as up-and-coming artists, which is admirable considering how long it's been since they were up-and-coming artist themselves. I like hearing the stories. It's always so amazing to me that these people hide this incredible talent and they're like working at Frosty Freeze or something.
I know people like "The Voice" but I haven't watched it to compare. I don't plan to start. I'm not a Blake Shelton fan. At all. I'm really not an Alicia Keys fan either. I find the way they turn in their chairs Kitschy to the extreme, so I'm happy that "American Idol" is back for those of us who were early fans.
My favorite so far is Noah. LOVE his voice. I have another favorite: Maddie Zahn from Idaho. Have you tried to the new Idol?