While American Idol may have competition of its own thanks to shows like FOX’s other singing show, The X Factor and NBC’s Emmy Award winner, The Voice, it does have something the other series don’t: a track record for actual, superstar-status success. Sure…it’s maybe been awhile since such a superstar was born from the show’s proverbial womb, but still: they have them and they will tout them. Wouldn’t you? In fact, in one of two new promos for the upcoming thirteenth season, they’re sure to mention those two shining, consistently famous beacons of singing competition hope, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
“Before platinum records,” the promo starts out. “Before the sold-out tours, before taking home the Grammys … the next superstar will start here,” it assuredly proclaims, before returning judge Jennifer Lopez’s astute observational back up cuts in. “You have Kelly Clarkson and you have the Carrie Underwood.”
Indeed, these two ladies are American Idol’s calling card and don’t you forget it. Still, the promo has a lighter touch than previous material released in support of the show’s January 2014 premiere, which focused heavily on the history and award-winning credentials the show has outside of heavy-hitters Clarkson and Underwood. If FOX is worried that you won’t tune in now that all of the original judges are gone…well, it totally shows.
The judges, of course, are no slouches — but they’re certainly no Simon, Paula, and Randy, either — and get their own teaser clip to show the new, lighthearted, and fun vibe that Lopez, returning judge Keith Urban, and the newly-added, croontastic Harry Connick, Jr. (Added, no doubt, to ensure all the moms and grandmoms out there stay firmly planted to their seats.)
“The judges love each other,” are the first words uttered in this clip — a stark difference from the venomous vibe between Nikki Minaj and Mariah Carey during last season, where the two were notably at each other’s throats for much of the audition rounds, and passive aggressive for the remainder of the live shows. And as entertaining as that all is for entertainment writers such as myself to encounter, Idol believes (perhaps rightly so) that a happy judges’ panel will mean a better show overall.
Plus Connick Jr. isn’t afraid to make jokes like “I am impressed by the rocks that you’ve got,” without batting an eye (a quip we’re sure Lopez has never heard before in the eleven years since that song was released). Why? Because “it’s all new all over again.” So true, so true, you guys.
American Idol premieres Wednesday, January 15 at 8PM on FOX.