American Idol Season 20 is moving right along on ABC, but so far, it hasn’t felt much like a landmark season. Sure, the inclusion of a Platinum Ticket twist was a nice touch, but it appears the show intends to work in more nostalgia now that Hollywood Week is finally here. As contestants work their way to advance in the second stage of the competition, they’ll have past alumni like Season 7 winner David Cook to aid them in the competition.
David Cook will serve as a mentor to American Idol contestants during Hollywood Week alongside other past winners and contestants like Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina, Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard (who returned last season as well), Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze, Season 10’s Haley Reinhart, and even Season 19’s winner Chayce Beckham. Cook spoke to Variety about helping out the Season 20 contestants and how he specifically helped them navigate Hollywood Week and the immense pressure on them.
American Idol’s audition process is stressful and taxing, but it’s fair to say Hollywood Week takes it to the next level. It’s there that the judges make their decisions on the talent truly worthy of the next stage of the competition and weed out those who don’t stand a reasonable chance of winning. It’s a lot of pressure, especially when contestants aren’t used to performing under those circumstances, as David Cook mentioned.
The pressure of Hollywood Week also takes a mental toll (which leads to drama) beyond performing on stage. David Cook explained what all happens in Hollywood Week and how he worked to help stars handle that.
American Idol’s Hollywood Week for Season 20 feels like a more important affair than past seasons, especially with so few contestants separating themselves from the pack. There are a lot of bubble contestants that can make or break (like Claudia Conway’s run last year) their runs with the right performance, and likely at least one or two contestants like those in past seasons who will just get unlucky (see Season 19’s Murphy). That’s all part of singing competitions, so I don’t envy Katy Perry and the rest on the decisions they have to make this season.
American Idol airs on ABC on Sundays and Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET. It’s one of many entertaining returning shows back on television, so be sure to keep an eye on all that’s airing in primetime so that you don’t accidentally miss the return of your favorite show!
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