american idol celebrate season 20 in style!
The singing competition show kicks off its milestone season next month with longtime host Ryan Seacrest and judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryanall. ABC, which will air the fifth season of the franchise, released the first trailer for the special season on Wednesday during the Television Critics Association’s virtual winter press tour.
The two-minute trailer begins with a nostalgic flashback idol success stories Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert and poses the question, “What if they were never discovered?” as the trio of judges prepare to begin “a new search” for the next idol.
It’s the first glimpse of the new season’s up-and-coming singers hoping to land that coveted Hollywood send-off, with one of the hopefuls telling Perry, Richie and Bryan during his audition, “You know this is nerve-wracking, right?”
The waterworks begins as some of the participants’ harrowing stories are shared, including one who was bullied, one who went through “a lot” to get to this point and one who performed a song he sang to his late nephew , who died the previous year.
“I dedicate this to my nephew who passed away last April,” he said idol hopefully revealed to the judges. “Singing is my way of healing. The song I’m going to sing today is the song I was singing the whole time I used to rock him to sleep.” An emotional Perry couldn’t hold back tears as she listened to his journey.
“Katy is an absolute wreck,” Bryan said as Perry tried to keep her feelings together.
And since it’s season 20 and all, idol had to introduce a little extra incentive: the Platinum Ticket. As the trailer reveals, the platinum ticket will only be awarded by the judges to one lucky entrant in each city. (This season, they’re visiting places like Los Angeles and Austin.) Each platinum ticket recipient gets direct access to Hollywood Week (along with shortcuts), the lucky singer learned from Perry at the end of the trailer.
Watch the emotional trailer for Season 20 below.
american idol Premieres Sunday, February 27 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC. Please see below for more information.
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Reference from etonline