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‘American Idol’ Alumni Return To Mentor Hopefuls In Season 20, Producer Reveals

'American Idol' Alumni Return To Mentor Hopefuls In Season 20, Producer Reveals

As american idol be prepared Milestone 20th Season, it will be without mentor Bobby Bones who confirmed his exit At the end of last year. The creative team behind it idol announced on Wednesday that there are no plans to officially replace him. Instead, they go to their Rolodex with familiar faces from the show past to fill the void during the upcoming season.

“Bobby will always be a member of the idol Family and we love Bobby so much. He’s done so much for us during our time at ABC. There’s no one who could replace Bobby per se, but this year we’ll be leaning on our amazing american idol University alum to help our current idols at various stages of the competition,” executive producer Megan Wolflick told reporters during the Television Critics Association’s winter virtual press tour.

“So a lot of these familiar faces that America has come to love will be there throughout the season and we’re very, very excited. And our alumni are excited to be back,” she teased.

Longtime presenter Ryan Seacrest, who is also a producer, later shared during the panel that he would like to reunite with all of the former individuals idol Candidate who has come through in the past two decades. He specifically picked Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood as alumni he would like to see again idol phase sometime in the new season.

“I want every one of these candidates to come back,” he said. “I want to see the way back to the beginning. I just remember the moment with Clay and Ruben that we talk about all the time. I want to see Carrie again. I love watching Jennifer Hudson. For me, I can literally remember standing next to them, looking at their faces and their reactions in moments of success and in moments of challenge.”

The new trailer for the season, released early Wednesday afternoon, hinted at the upgraded Platinum Ticket, which grants a trip to Hollywood Week to the lucky few recipients – one in each of the three audition cities: Los Angeles, Nashville and Austin and one leg ahead of the competition.

“We have three platinum tickets. We were able to visit three cities… But at each location there were three platinum tickets reserved because when you’ve been together or married for 20 years, platinum is key,” shared judge Katy Perry. “But we identify the best talent in each place and basically give them that ticket. Normally our tickets are gold, so this ticket gives them a chance to go to Hollywood Week, which we’ve already filmed and which was so rigorous and survivable… And they can one day, basically, from the box seats in the theater watch. They can rest their voice, strategize, look at the competition and choose who to duet with. Usually, they can either choose past seasons or lately, we’ve chosen who to duet with. You can choose these three ticket holders. So they get a little benefit just because they are the cream of the crop.”

It was easy for fellow judge Lionel Richie to work out who the platinum ticket holders would be.

“It was the fact that they were just naturals, you know what I mean? Some people just go out and are stars. They ticked all the boxes: stage presence, performance, their sound, their style, they’ve got it all there,” he said. “So when they open their mouths, you know exactly who they are as an artist. It just rings. When that happens , give them the platinum ticket as soon as possible.”

“You’re better than us, let’s just say it!” Perry joked.

Seacrest also reflected on the meaning of 20 seasons Idol, acknowledges that it was “effective”.

“Looking back on all those moments and seeing some of the participants when they first met us on the street and seeing the time that has passed and the success they have had is amazing. It’s pretty incredible. I got emotional seeing some of those great moments,” he said. “And I think back to the beginning of the show. When we started it was a pop and more personality oriented show. It has grown into a very heartfelt, human and artist driven show because of what the artists have done. And I think they did that on purpose, and you see that with these artists that they may never have auditioned for american idol in the past. I think being able to audition on a computer allows us to tap into talent that has never sung in front of people before. But can take it to the next level with these three superstar judges.”

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